Postdoctoral researcher in climate change and urban health projects

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 five programs: Climate, Air Pollution, Nature and Urban Health; Environment and Health over the Lifecourse; Global Viral and Bacterial Infections; Malaria and Neglected Parasitic Diseases and Maternal Child and Reproductive Health. ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.

Context and Mission
We are recruiting an enthusiastic, self-motivated post-doctoral researcher with strong quantitative analysis skills to join our dynamic team in the Climate, Air Pollution, Nature and Urban Health research programme. The researcher will work at the intersection of two Horizon Europe funded projects: Climate Action To Advance Healthy Societies in Europe (CATALYSE, GA 101057131) and the Urban Burden of Disease Estimation for Policy Making (UBD Policy, GA 101094639). Both projects have received funding from the European Union’s, Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON).
CATALYSE aims to provide new knowledge, data and tools to close the knowledge-to-action gap to accelerate climate change action and protect public health in Europe. UBD Policy aims to improve the estimation of health and well-being impacts and socio-economic costs of major urban environmental hazards.

The postdoctoral researcher will develop projections of future health burdens attributable to urban environmental exposures affected by climate change mitigation (e.g. air pollution, green space) under detailed, policy-relevant scenarios developed through the CATALYSE project. The research will leverage a large dataset of 1000 cities developed through UBD Policy, to explore in depth the implications of European climate policy on urban health.

The researcher will be based in the research groups of Research Professors, Cathryn Tonne, coordinator of CATALYSE and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, coordinator of UBD Policy. The researcher would be embedded in the large, international, inter-disciplinary CATALYSE and UBD Policy consortiums, benefitting from the networking and training opportunities for early-career researchers implemented through both projects.

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)

Key Responsibilities
Responsibilities include conducting novel research quantifying the future health burdens attributable to urban environmental exposures in Europe, with a specific focus on vulnerable populations (e.g. children, elderly, low socioeconomic position).

Specific Duties
Conducting statistical analyses and leading manuscripts for publication
Coordinating large health and environmental exposure databases
Drafting original articles for publication in high impact journals
Disseminating findings at conferences, workshops, scientific journals, and other channels
Playing an active role to in the CATALYSE and UBD Policy consortiums

Auxiliar task
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.

Good interpersonal, communication, presentation, and academic writing skills and ability to work independently.
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.

Language level
Proficiency in English (written and spoken)
Duration:24 months
Starting date: 01/04/2024
Contract: Full time
Salary Range: According to experience and profile