Job offer: Predoctoral Student for AirNB Project

Description

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation to 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 three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases. ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.

Venue

Barcelona - Campus Mar

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation to 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 three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases. ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.

 

 

 

What We Are Looking for

ISGlobal is looking for a predoctoral student to to be part of our team in the new cohort BISC, a birth cohort that started in October 2018 in Barcelona. The cohort is in the framework of the international AIR-NB (Pre-natal exposure to urban AIR pollution and pre- and post-Natal Brain development) Project. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the ERC-2017-ADG call, with number 785994.  The PhD will be focused on the association between air pollution exposure during pregnancy and neurodevelopment in children The candidate will gain skills in environmental epidemiology, cohort studies, and statistical methods. 

Main duties and tasks

  • Assessing neurodevelopment.
  • Undertaking literature searches and keeping up-to-date with the relevant scientific literature.
  • Collaboration with the study team and external specialists.
  • Undertaking fieldworks. 
  • Participating in data collection and data cleaning.
  • Drawing up analysis plans and creating data files including existing and newly derived variables.
  • Conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis and interpreting results.
  • Constructing the database by linking exposure, outcome, and covariate datasets.
  • Performing the statistical analyses.
  • Interpreting and discussing the results.
  • Writing scientific papers based on the findings of the analyses.
  • Drafting and revising original articles for publication in high quality journals.
  • Disseminating findings at conferences, workshops, in high quality journals, and through the study website.
  • Undertaking an educational training.
 
The main responsibility is to develop, undertake, and submit the thesis within the three-year period. The candidate will be expected to disseminate the results widely. The candidate will have some additional responsibility for an aspect of the data collection or the data management.

 

 

Training and experience

  • MSc in epidemiology, public health, environmental sciences or any other relevant subject.
  • Experience in literature searches.
  • Applicants with familiarity with statistical analysis packages, preferably STATA and R, previous experience in environmental epidemiology studies, and processing and managing complex and large datasets are desirable.
 

Skills

  • Being immediately available to start the PhD
  • Motivated, self-directed researcher capable of setting and meeting deadlines and delivering research outputs to the required standard
  • Strong organization and team-working skills
  • Team player, yet capable of working autonomously, rational and critical thinker
  • Professional attitude with attention to details
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Keen interest in environmental exposure and child health research

Languages

  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken)
  • Knowing Spanish is an advantage.

Conditions

  • Duration: Two Years.
  • Starting date: March 1, 2020.

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and attach the CV and a cover letter, including the following reference: “PhD_ AirNB_Feb20”. Each document must include the candidate  name and surname. The receipt of applications will be open until February, 25th 2020.

Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


If you have any question, please, send us your query to job@isglobal.org.

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