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.
What We Are Looking for
We are looking for a motivated researcher with strong data management and quantitative analysis skills to join the Lancet Countdown in Europe: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change.
Context and Mission
The Lancet Countdown is an independent, international, and multidisciplinary collaboration that monitors the health impacts of climate change, and progress – or lack thereof – in the world’s response. It draws on the expertise of more than 120 climate scientists, economists, energy and transport experts, social and political scientists, public health experts and health professionals, spanning 38 academic and UN institutions. The Lancet Countdown comprises the Global centre, hosted at University College London’s Institute for Global Health and partners with one of the world’s leading medical journals – The Lancet, and four regional centres in Asia (hosted by Tsinghua University in China), South America (hosted by Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Peru), Small Island and Developing States (hosted by University of West Indies in Jamaica), and Europe (hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain).
The Lancet Countdown in Europe was launched on 23 September 2021 as a transdisciplinary research collaboration whose mission is to monitor health and climate change in the European region. Building on the work of the global Lancet Countdown and other regions, it leverages on the wealth of data and cross disciplinary expertise in Europe, to develop high-resolution Europe-specific indicators that explore in further depth aspects of relevance to the region. The initiative mirrors the approach of the global Lancet Countdown and monitors health dimensions of climate change in Europe across five key domains: i) climate change impacts; exposures, and vulnerability; ii) adaptation planning and resilience for health; iii) mitigation actions and health co-benefits; iv) economics and finance; and v) politics and governance. Indicators are refined on an annual basis as new data and better methods become available.
This researcher will join our dynamic team in the Urban Environment and Air Pollution research programme at ISGlobal. The researcher will join an international team of researchers and stakeholders in the Climate Action To Advance Healthy Societies in Europe (CATALYSE) project funded by HORIZON Europe (GA 101057131) which is developing novel data and indicators that feed into the Lancet Countdown in Europe. The researcher will be based in the research group of Cathryn Tonne, Associate Research Professor and coordinator of CATALYSE.
- Environmental science
- Medical sciences
Training and experience /Qualifications
- PhD (or equivalent) in epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics or related discipline
- Demonstrated record of scientific achievement in epidemiology or environmental health; experience with health co-benefits of climate change mitigation is an asset
- Experience with statistical analysis and managing complex data in R
- Excellent quantitative and programming skills
- Motivated, self-directed researcher capable of setting and meeting deadlines and delivering research outputs
- Strong organization and team-working skills
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
- Proficiency in English (written and spoken)
- Coordinating large health and environmental exposure databases
- Conducting statistical analyses and leading manuscripts for publication
- Leading the refinement of the Lancet Countdown in Europe indicators, including by engaging with authors of the annual report to help strengthen their analytical methods and data.
- Supporting the Working Groups and academic partners in the production of their annual indicators, including providing analytical, technical, and editorial assistance as required.
- Developing new data visualizations for integration into the Lancet Countdown in Europe annual report, policy reports and website.
- Drafting original articles for publication in high impact journals
- Contributing to the drafting of the annual report and work with the Working Group leads to ensure methods and data used are robust and scientifically sound.
- Working with collaborating partners to tailor indicators for use in approved databases and platforms (e.g., European Climate and Health Observatory).
- Disseminating findings at conferences, workshops, scientific journals, and other channels
- Interacting with scientists in the group, department, center and other institutions in Barcelona to enhance synergies.
- Engaging with stakeholders and policy makers.
This job description reflects the present requirements of the post but may evolve at any time in the future as duties and responsibilities change and/or develop providing there is appropriate consultation with the post-holder.
This job description is not a definitive or exhaustive list of responsibilities but identifies the key responsibilities and tasks of the post holder. The specific objectives of the post holder will be subject to review as part of the individual professional assessment process .
- Problem resolution.
- Learning capacity.
The post holder will adhere to ISGlobal principles contained in People management policy, including Equity, diversity and health safety. The post holder will respect, and accountable to ensure ISGlobal policies and procedures .
- Proficiency in English (written and spoken)
- Duration:24 months
- Starting date: 01/09/2022
- Contract: (part or full time): Full time
- Salary Range: According to experience and profile
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.
If needed any technical test could be pass. A Psychological Competency Evaluation Test will be required for the structural or transversal positions.
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.
How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: Postdoc_CATALYSE_Aug22, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname.
The receipt of applications will be open until 18th of September 2022.
Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.
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 candiddacies are welcome, that includes: gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and political views.
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.