Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Postdoctoral Researcher – Early Warning System of Temperature-Related Mortality Risk in Europe

Posted: 5/21/2018 (Employment)

The chosen candidate will develop climate-mortality models to generate a prototype of prediction scheme of temperature-related mortality for a very large ensemble of regions in Europe, based on (i) the climate forecasting tools developed by other partners in the project, and (ii) a pan-European daily dataset of regional mortality. This new dataset is the updated version of the one used for example in Ballester et al. 2016 (doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE3070).

The final aim is to evaluate how the skill in climate forecasts is transferred to the predictability of mortality risk, and to generate a tool in the area of climate impacts and human health that can increase human adaptation in the context of global warming.

The position will be paid with funding from the H2020 project Blue-Action (, and research will be carried out in parallel with the work done by other members of the group for the H2020 projects ACCLIM and PUCS, both on the same area of research.

The research aim of ISGlobal’s Climate and Health Program is to address the effects that environmental conditions and climate change have on human health. The research record of scientists in the Program include several high-quality articles in high-impact journals such as Nature, Science, The Lancet, PNAS, Nature Climate Change and Nature Communications. The lines of research include extreme temperatures and precipitation, heat waves and cold spells, the impact of climate change on the spread of infectious (e.g. malaria, dengue, leishmaniosis, chikungunya, Zika) and non-infectious (Kawasaki Syndrome) diseases, the El Niño phenomenon and other environmental and climate factors.

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Location: Barcelona Institute for Global Health