Job offer: Postdoctoral researcher for climate predictability and health early warning systems – INVESTIGO


The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in the following main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases,  Maternal, Child and reproductive Health, Urban Health and Child and environmental health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases.  ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.



Barcelona - Campus Mar

What We Are Looking For

We are seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in the areas of climate predictability and health early warning systems. The successful candidate will join the research team of Dr. Joan Ballester at ISGlobal within the framework of various research projects (see “Project information” below), mainly the ERC Consolidator grant EARLY-ADAPT and the ERC Proof-of-Concept project HHS-EWS (find details in the next paragraphs). The chosen candidate will be at the forefront of environmental research by creating and analysing a novel database of human health in Europe, which incorporates a range of environmental, socioeconomic and demographic variables and novel digital data streams at different spatiotemporal scales.

More specifically, the fellow will

  • use epidemiological models to transform operational weather forecasts into health predictions,
  • analyse and compare the spatiotemporal scales of predictability of weather forecasts and health predictions, and
  • use this comparative predictability analysis to develop an operational, fit-for-purpose, early warning system representing the health impacts of environmental temperatures.

The final aim of the work is to better inform potential end-users such as public health agencies to activate emergency plans directly targeting vulnerable groups.

EARLY-ADAPT (“Signs of Early Adaptation to Climate Change”) is a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC-2019-CoG), whose overarching aim is to jointly analyse the multiple drivers of recent trends in human health. Its driving hypothesis is that societies are starting to adapt to climate change, but the effectiveness of early adaptation is heterogeneous in space and time. EARLY-ADAPT is creating a daily, continental-wide database with multiple health outcomes, climate variables, air pollutants, desert dust and winter infectious diseases. The database is being used to model the relation between health and the environment, quantify the modifying effect of the societal factors, and perform a predictability analysis to determine the most realistic adaptation scenarios for the projections of future health. The project will allow to detect, understand and quantify the inequalities in adaptation between countries, regions, cities and social groups. More information is available here.

HHS-EWS (“Operational Heat-Health-Social Early Warning System”) is a European Research Council Proof-of-Concept Grant (ERC-2022-PoC), which aims to create a novel operational early warning system for environmental temperatures that incorporates the real risks to people's health, especially that of the most vulnerable populations. The system will transform the predictability of atmospheric variables into health predictions using epidemiological models specifically designed for the most vulnerable social groups. HHS-EWS is funded by the ERC Proof-of Concept scheme, which is intended to transform the theoretical research of the parent project into high-risk but potentially high-benefit innovations. In this case, the innovation aims to increase society's resilience to climate change, building on the theoretical research in epidemiology and social sciences being carried out in the context of EARLY-ADAPT. More information is available here.

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Key Responsibilities

Candidates are expected to meet as many of the following criteria as possible:
  • have a completed PhD with expertise in environmental epidemiology, climate, atmospheric sciences, mathematics, biostatistics, big data analysis or related areas;
  • have experience in the modelling of the environmental, socioeconomic or demographic drivers of human health;
  • have experience in common programming languages, with particular focus on R;
  • have experience with the analysis of climate and health data;
  • be fluent in spoken and written English;
  • be willing to work in an inter-disciplinary project team within a highly collaborative research institute.


  • Duration : 2 years 
  • Starting date: 1 month after closing date.
  • Contract: (part or full time): full time
  • Salary Range: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • During the crisis caused by COVID19, standard working conditions will be adapted to sanitary requirements. 

Selection Process

The selection process is designed in two phases:

1- Interview phase of a technical nature, with the team that requires the incorporation. To assess the person's skills and CV.
2 - Meeting with HR with the finalist(s) to finish assessing the profile and discuss contractual and institutional issues.

In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

INVESTIGO Program Specific requirements

According to the specific requirements of the CALL INVESTIGO (RESOLUCIÓ REU/42/2022, de 17 de gener, CVE-DOGC-A-22018037-2022) the elegible candidates should fulfill the following criteria at the moment of the signature of the contract:

  • Be more than 16 years old and under 30 years old
  • Be registered at SOC (Servei Públic d'Ocupació de Catalunya) as job applicant
  • Not to have carried out any type of research activity in ISGlobal within 6 months immediately prior to the start of the contract.
  • Must meet the requirements for the type of contract to be formalized, and must be adjusted to the specific circumstances of each initiative, in accordance with current legislation.

These requirements must be met at the beginning of your participation in the program.

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: Postdoc_INVESTIGO_Predictability_Jul22, attach the BLIND CV (without personal data) and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname. 

The reception of applications will be open until 30th September, 2022

Only the applications submitted through the request form will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.

Diverse candidacies are encouraged, that includes: gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and political views.

In ISGlobal we are committed to maintaining and developing a work environment in which the values and principles of our organization are respected and equal opportunities between women and men be promoted in each of the areas in which we operate, not tolerating discrimination based on criteria such as age, gender, marital status, race, ethnicity, functional diversity, political leanings, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

ISGlobal supports the initiative #ScienceforUkraine. Therefore, to sustain Ukraine’s presence in the European Research Area and international scholarly community, candidates from Ukraine on all levels of scholarly career are welcome: students, PhD candidates, early career researchers and senior scholars.

We confirm our commitment towards the value of the diversity of our staff and student population and seek to promote peace, equity, diversity and inclusion as essential elements in contribution to improving health worldwide.