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ISGlobal is looking for a PD to join the group in the improvement of mathematical models of infectious diseases.

The Climate and Health Program (CLIMA) is a recently launched research initiative created within ISGlobal (Barcelona Institute of Global Health) to address the complex interface between the physical climate system, the environment and human health. CLIMA has a global scope but mainly focuses on the Mediterranean, tropical Africa, South America and Southeast Asia regions. ISGlobal has become one of the larger research centers in Global Health in Europe, hosting around 30 research groups and more than 350 people with affiliation to two leading universities (University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University). A characteristic of ISGlobal is the integration of research in communicable and non-communicable diseases with a strong emphasis on their environmental determinants. The result of this integration is a broad research portfolio which offers unique opportunities to contribute to a better understanding of the epidemiological transition in low-to-middle income countries (LMIC), to lead research on main environmental health determinants including climate in a wide range of countries and populations, and to initiate innovative research on the interactions between CDs and NCDs
Within ISGlobal, the new CLIMA Program stems from IC3 RG on Climate and Health and it is specifically devoted to disentangling and modeling the dynamics of infectious diseases driven by climate variability and change. In particular, we have been very active in trying to better understand the way arboviral diseases behave and how their epidemiology interacts with the environment and climate in both endemic and epidemic settings. Malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and leishmaniasis are among our central interests, though we work also on other relevant human diseases with an environmental link such as cholera, other diarrheal diseases and plague. Recently, the group works also on airborne diseases such as influenza and Kawasaki disease and at uncovering unknown atmospheric determinants of human ailments.
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We are looking for a skilled and motivated experienced postdoctoral candidate to join the Group taking a major responsibility on the development and improvement of mathematical models of the infectious diseases the group is working on. The nonstationary interplay between the environment and human population dynamics is a key element in attempting to objectively trace the influence of extrinsic covariates in the variability and occurrence of epidemic outbreaks of infectious diseases, with a special emphasis on the colonization of new regions. Depending on the candidate’s proven capacity, skills, previous expertise and top-notch publications track record, a tenure-track position might also be considered. The postdoctoral contract is offered for a two-year period, on a 1+1 basis, with a possibility to further extension. Consideration for tenure-track is also possible depending on the value and merits of the candidate.
Ideal candidates should have all of the following attributes below. Candidates not demonstrating such capacities will not be considered.

  • PhD in ecology, epidemiology, statistics, mathematics, mathematical biology, physics or related fields.
  • Skill and demonstrated ability and experience in building, calibrating and in the validation of mathematical models (stochastic ODE systems) for modeling the dynamics of infectious disease (VBD) or/and (WBD). Experience in procedures for estimating modeling parameters in ODE systems (e.g. Runge-Kutta, MIF methods), are required.
  • The candidate should have demonstrated facility in handling large database (especially climatic and environmental databases) and in programming languages needed for developing code and scripts. Knowledge of advanced statistics will be valued.
  • Capacity to write proposals, manuscripts and to work with other colleagues in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, fluency in other European languages will be also valued.
    The position will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate is selected. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
    To apply, please send your full CV accompanied with a brief statement (max. 2 pages) of interest and experience with the following subject “PD_Maths Infectious Diseases” by e-mail to The closing date for the receipt of applications is 20/05/2018.
    Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.
    Selected candidates should ask for three letters of recommendation from external scientists. A letter from the PhD advisor is also encouraged. Selected candidates will be asked to conduct a personal interview and a seminar presentation.
Fundación Privada Instituto de Salud Global de Barcelona
Closing date
May 20th, 2018
Posted on
May 9th, 2018 11:34
Last updated
May 9th, 2018 11:34