Predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in climate, air pollution, environmental epidemiology, economy and social sciences
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 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:
We are seeking between 5 and 7 talented and highly motivated researchers in the areas of climate, air pollution, environmental epidemiology, economy and social sciences. The successful candidates will join the research team of Dr. Joan Ballester at ISGlobal within the framework of various research projects (see “Project information” below), mainly the recently awarded ERC project EARLY-ADAPT (find details in the next paragraph). The team 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. Interest is additionally expressed for candidates specialized in big data, infectious diseases and COVID-19 (see “Competences and duties” below).
EARLY-ADAPT (“Signs of Early Adaptation to Climate Change”) is a 5-year 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 will create a daily, continental-wide database with multiple health outcomes, climate variables, seven air pollutants, desert dust and influenza. The database will be 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.