Postdoctoral level researcher in data science

What We Are Looking for
ISGlobal is seeking a Postdoctoral level researcher in data science to work on the research projects performed by the Malaria Immunology Group. The overall goals are to identify biomarkers of disease and immunity and understand the mechanisms and mediators of protective immunity induced by infection and vaccines using multidimensional clinical, epidemiological, immunological and molecular data.


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Key Responsibilities
Management and analysis of data generated in studies of biomarkers and immune correlates of protection against malaria and COVID-19 after infection or vaccination, as well as in other studies by the Malaria Immunology group. Activities carried out in the project aim to investigate mechanisms of naturally acquired or vaccine-induced protection against infectious diseases, and identify correlates of disease or protection. The studies are carried out in collaboration with multiple international research centers (Africa, Europe, USA, Australia).

Specific Duties
To manipulate and analyze high-dimensional data sets requires programming and database skills, such as R or Python, and data visualization and presentation tools, to turn complex analysis into information.

Design, implement, manage relational databases
Carry out data cleaning and quality control, including contact with international partners to resolve queries
Document and archive all data for easy use in future research
Conduct statistical analyses of the data using specialised software for immunology studies
Prepare data reports and manuscripts
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.

Training and experience /Qualifications
PhD in data science, biostatistics, bioinformatics, mathematics, physics, or related topics, or on biomedical sciences with data analysis expertise
Knowledge of predictive analysis, modeling and machine learning is required to analyze complex immunological data sets.
Specific Requirements
The purpose of the position is to ensure that complex datasets with clinical, demographic, immunological and molecular data collected in immunology studies are organized in a standard format and available for statistical analysis at ISGlobal and international collaboration centers, to facilitate completion of the Analytical Plans and perform Data Analysis. This position will also provide support in statistical analysis to other studies ongoing in the group under the supervision of the PIs. The position will require experience in data management and statistics. The position is based at ISGlobal in Barcelona.
General knowledge of the principles of biology and basic clinical science, and able to turn analytical methodology / processes into clear terms for presenting data in an understandable way.
Experience with database management software including R, and Excel / CSV files.
Experience in programming for statistical analysis, preferably with R
Experience/knowledge in analysing complex multidimensional data using machine learning methods
Experience in analysis of immunological and infectious diseases data would be an asset.
Motivated researcher capable of setting and meeting deadlines and delivering research outputs to the required standard
Strong organization and team-working and multi-tasking skills
Professional attitude with attention to details
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency in English (written and spoken)
Team player, yet capable of working autonomously, rational and critical thinker
Interest in public health in developing countries
Excellent organizational skills and able to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams, adapt to changing job requirements and prioritize in multiple concurrent projects.
Problem resolution.
Learning capacity.
English writing and verbal communication
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
English essential, Catalan/Spanish
Duration: 2 years
Starting date: One month after the closing date
Contract: full time
Salary Range: according to internal salary scale
Selection Process
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 passed. 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.

INVESTIGO Program Specific requirements
According to the specific requirements of the CALL INVESTIGO (RESOLUCIÓ REU/42/2022, de 17 de gener, CVE-DOGC-A-22018037-2022) the elegible candidates should fulfill the following criteria at the moment of the signature of the contract:

Be more than 16 years old and under 30 years old
Be registered at SOC (Servei Públic d'Ocupació de Catalunya) as job applicant
Not to have carried out any type of research activity in ISGlobal within 6 months immediately prior to the start of the contract.
Must meet the requirements for the type of contract to be formalized, and must be adjusted to the specific circumstances of each initiative, in accordance with current legislation.
These requirements must be met at the beginning of your participation in the program.

How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: Postdoc_INVESTIGO_SANITAT_Jul22, attach the BLIND CV (without personal data) and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate's name and surname.

The reception of applications will be open until 30/09/2022.

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 candidacies are encouraged, that includes gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and political views.

Non academic
Closing date
September 30th, 2022
Posted on
August 16th, 2022 08:46
Last updated
August 17th, 2022 13:55