Research technician for studies on emerging pollutants in drinking water

Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

Barcelona, Spain 🇪🇸

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

ISGlobal is seeking a scientific-oriented Research Technician to take over and managing activities in new studies aimed to investigate emerging contaminants in drinking water (such as PFAS and microplastics). The candidate is expected to coordinate and execute field work including purchase material, administer questionnaires to study volunteers, sample collection, data collection, and desk activities including data cleaning/processing, literature review, exposure assessment, and eventually some basic data analysis. In addition, the candidate will be involved in the Water Research group, part of the Non-Communicable Diseases and Environment Research Programme. The extension of the contract beyond 12 months, including an eventual PhD, is conditioned to the availability of funds and performance of the candidate.
The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Cristina Villanueva within the project which has been funded by Instituto de Salud Carlos III through the project “PI20/00829″ (Co-funded by European Regional Development Fund “A way to make Europe”).

Field research

  • Environmental sciences
  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Exposure sciences


#GlobalHealth, planetary health, environmental health, exposure assessment, water, contaminants, pollution.

Training and experience /Qualifications:

Environmental Sciences, Biology, Pharmacy, Medicine degree or equivalent scientific or health sciences degree. Demonstrated training or previous experience in epidemiology, and/or water quality will be an asset. Academic trajectory (courses, subjects) and academic scores will be considered in the selection process.

Key Responsibilities

  • Fieldwork coordination and technical assistance in studies of the research team. 

Specific Duties

Assist the research team in different stages of research: preparation of questionnaires, purchase material, prepare documents for the Ethics committee, enroll study participants, contact study volunteers, home visits, sample collection, organize shipment of samples to the laboratory, clean up databases, literature review, etc. Depending on the specific skills and interests, participation in the data analysis and research articles.


  • Versatility (be able to perform a wide range of tasks)
  • Problem resolution
  • Learning capacity
  • Adaptability 
  • Teamwork

Language level

  • Fluent Catalan, Spanish, and English.


  • Duration: 12 months  
  • Starting date: 10 January 2022
  • Contract: Full time

During the crisis caused by COVID19, standard working conditions will be adapted to sanitary requirements. 

How to apply

Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: ResearTech_Water_Oct21, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Candidates are encouraged to include also the academic scores. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname. 

The receipt of applications will be open until 30 November 2021.

Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.

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.

In ISGlobal we are committed to developing and maintaining a work environment that is inclusive, equitable, welcoming and that promotes equal opportunities between women and men, different ages, marital status, race, ethnicity, disabilities, political leanings, religion or sexual orientation.





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