The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is looking for an enthusiastic, organized and autonomous postdoctoral researcher that is interested in applying for a Marie Curie fellowship in one of the following domains of the relation between climate and health:
To study if, which and to what extent European societies have already started to adapt to rising temperatures, and estimate how these eventual acclimatization processes can minimize the negative consequences of global warming on human health.
To describe how periods of macroeconomic expansion and recession, as well as varying pollution levels associated with economic activity cycles and regulation policies, affect human mortality risks and long-term trends in life expectancy.
To understand how differences in the socioeconomic status of citizens and the demographic structure of societies (e.g. fuel poverty, deprivation, gender gap, age pyramid) affect human vulnerability for a better design of future cost-effective adaptation strategies.
To compare the underlying factors of human vulnerability among and within European societies, including analyses across spatial scales for countries, regions, cities and neighbourhoods, with special emphasis on differences between urban and rural environments.
To transform weather and climate forecasts and projections into European climate services for the prediction and assessment of human mortality risks at a range of temporal (daily, seasonal and climate change) and spatial (countries, regions, cities and neighbourhoods) scales, as useful tools for increased human well-being and societal adaptation.
To use digital data streams, such as Internet search platforms and social media, to complement the monitoring capacity of sentinel hospitals and the predictability of weather and climate models, and generate surveillance and prediction systems of cold-related mortality and influenza-like illnesses in Europe.
To use regional and urban climate models to study the climate variability in European regions and cities (e.g. urban heat island effect) and its relationship with human health.
These projects will build on mortality, morbidity, climate and sociodemographic datasets available at ISGlobal for multiple spatiotemporal domains in Europe. The work will be supervised by Dr. Joan Ballester from ISGlobal's Climate and Health Program (www.joanballester.eu), who has been awarded three times a Marie Curie fellowship and will guide the selected candidates with the application process.
The research aim of ISGlobal's Climate and Health Program is to address the effects that environmental conditions and climate change have on human health. The research record of scientists in the Program include several articles in high-impact journals such as Nature, Science, The Lancet, PNAS, Nature Climate Change and Nature Communications. The lines of research include extreme temperatures and precipitation, heat waves and cold spells, the impact of climate change on the spread of infectious (e.g. malaria, dengue, leishmaniosis, chikungunya, Zika) and non-infectious (Kawasaki Syndrome) diseases, the El Niño phenomenon and other environmental and climate factors.
How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form and attached their CV (max 2 pages) and a short paragraph of interest (max 150 words) including the following reference: PD_MARIECURIE_CLIMA.Each document must include the candidate name and surname.
The receipt of applications will be open until a candidate is accepted.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.