ISGlobal (www.isglobal.org) is a cutting-edge institution with the proven capacity to address major global health challenges through research, translation and education. ISGlobal has emerged as a world class centre in research, translation and education in global public health working towards a world in which all people can enjoy good health.
ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases with special attention to environmental health determinants. Among our main ambitions in communicable diseases, we are making progress in the strategies to eliminate malaria, yaws, Chagas diseases, TB, viral hepatitis and HIV, to halt the spread of antibiotic resistance and to develop better and new approaches to reduce maternal and infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa and integrate communicable disease services there.
Regarding non-communicable diseases we work to better understand the exposome, the characterization of the more harmful environmental exposure during childhood including chemicals and radiation and those that affect the neurodevelopment, conducting and improving health impact assessments to support built urban environment policies, providing knowledge that could be translated in more effective preventive strategies against cancer and respiratory diseases, and addressing the public health and health systems issues of one of the most understudied non-communicable diseases: fatty liver disease (NAFLD/NASH), in which we lead multiple global studies including the global public health consensus statement.
ISGlobal’s approach is multidisciplinary ranging from the molecular to the population level and including disciplines across health sciences, life sciences, and environmental sciences. Along with an outstanding faculty of leading researchers and practitioners from many fields, ISGlobal is committed to running postgraduate education programmes that meet the global health needs and expectations of the new generations of researchers and professionals.
Digital health interventions are increasingly seen as an effective complement to traditional forms of care delivery, facilitating access to care and supporting structured lifestyle interventions. The ideal candidate would have an interest in the influence and impact of using digital health interventions in patient-centred prevention and management of care in communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Research would be conducted around the effectiveness of digitally supported structured lifestyle interventions, behaviour change techniques, patient-reported outcome measures, and health coaching in combination with remote/hybrid clinical pathways and the subsequent impact on disease pathways and health outcomes in the field of liver disease and possibly HIV.
- Pre-doc (PhD) research topic focused on a health issue in the field of NCD or communicable diseases accepted by ISGlobal as a valid doctorate field of study.
- English: Advanced writing and speaking
- Documented publication track record
Desirable skills (able to show evidence of some (not all) of the following) that the post-doc may need or need to learn in the position:
- Knowledge of either Structuring/Building/Developing/Executing/Evaluating plans and implementing strategies for any of the below:
- A digital health intervention (DHI)
- Research focused on digital support of patients in the management of care
- Structured lifestyle interventions
- Behaviour change techniques/Coaching (BCT)
- Experience developing an implementation plan and how to report outcomes accurately and transparently
- Understanding of the barriers and facilitators to implementing digital health interventions
- Knowledge of interventional studies using digital technologies, data collection and structure from remote wearables (patient generated health data)
- Experience in structured lifestyle/behavioural interventions or a similar digital self-management programme for patients
- Ability to design research studies involving digital health interventions or technologies
- Knowledge of regulatory or validation criteria for digital health apps/initiatives in Spain/EU
- Ability to work alongside and communicate in real time with a programming team on iteration of a digital health intervention to ensure the development of the right structure for the intervention
- Knowledge of online survey tools (eg Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey)
- English fluency + Spanish (basic ideally intermediate or better)
- Start date:ASAP, ideally Sept 2021
- Contract:2-year post-doctoral fellow
- Location:ISGlobal Campus Clinic, Barcelona, Spain with some flexibility for “work from home” especially until the end of 2021.
How to Apply
Applicants must fill in the request form including the following code reference position: PD_DHIs_Jul21, 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 15th September 2021.
Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Only the applications submitted through the request form will be considered.
The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.