Post-doctoral position as demographer, epidemiologist or sociologist in the ECHO ERC project

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The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is recruiting Post-Doctoral candidates to collaborate in the Horizon 2020 ERC funded research project, ECHO, PI. Alberto Palloni, hosted by the Institute of Economy, Geography and Demography (IEGD), a member of the Population Europe network.


CSIC is the largest organization for scientific research in Spain committed to a vast multidisciplinary program that includes activities ranging from basic research to the creation and application of the most advanced technological developments. It is currently ranked third among all European largest research organizations. Because of its size (more than 11,000 employees), composition and regional distribution (maintains a presence in almost all Spanish Autonomous Communities), CSIC can take on scientific challenges beyond the scope of other institutions. CSIC is composed of 120 institutes spread across the country. Of these 53 are Joint Research Units created and managed in partnership with Spanish universities and other research institutions.

Based in Madrid (Spain), the Center for Human and Social Sciences (CCHS), that includes the IEGD as one of its six research institutes, is one of the largest centers of CSIC. CCHS was created in 2007 and is known for high-profile scientific activities, the product of the contribution of more than 200 researchers working in a large number of fields in human and social sciences

Research undertaken in the Department of Population of IEGD covers a broad range of population problems including:

  • family dynamics
  • migration
  • health and mortality
  • ageing and elderly well-being
  • historical demography.

In addition to ECHO, the Department of Population of the IEGD hosts two European funded research projects:

  • Methodologies and Data mining techniques for the analysis of Big Data based on Longitudinal Population and Epidemiological Registers (LONGPOP), PI: Diego Ramiro.
  • Southern Europe and low fertility: micro and macro determinants of a crucial demographic and cultural revolution (SEU-FER). Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellow: Stanislao Mazzoni.


The project ECHO (Early conditions, delayed adult effects and morbidity, disability and mortality in modern human populations) is a research project funded under the Advanced Grants program of the European Research Council. Its main goal is to conduct research on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), to understand the epigenetic mechanisms and events in individuals’ life course through which early experiences are manifested as delayed adult effects, to assess the demographic impacts on chronic illnesses, disability and mortality with particular emphasis on obesity, Type II Diabetes, and associated conditions and, finally, to formulate and empirical test formal models of the future evolution of these health outcomes under conditions to which modern populations are exposed.

The project, headed by Alberto Palloni, is searching for candidates with a background in at least one of the following areas: Demography, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health and Sociology. The candidates should be willing and interested in joining a highly multidisciplinary and international team.

A full description of ECHO is on this webpage.


  1. Using cohort studies, panel surveys of general as well as elderly populations to estimate models of relations between early experiences and adult health conditions, disability and mortality.
  2. Developing and testing microsimulation models of individual life courses, including kin and peer relations, with a focus on exposure conditions and behaviors that may impair or improve health conditions.
  3. Modeling and estimating adult health outcomes using information from epigenetic (EWAS) and genetic (GWAS) databanks and integrating these with population models of disease, disability and mortality.
  4. Formulating models for the study of biological age and its relation to biomarkers of physiological functioning and epigenetic and microbiome data.
  5. Implementing Agent Based Models to assess the effects of interventions designed to modify conditions that predispose to obesity and T2D
  6. Formulation and testing of models of the evolution of phenotypical traits that result from plastic responses to changing environments and their ultimate consequences for patterns of health and mortality

For more information, explore our website.


Candidates must have obtained their PhD (or expect to obtain their PhD) by early July 2020, and their profile should match one of the following:

  1. Demographer with training in formal demography interested in contributing to the formulation of models of chronic disease and mortality.
  2. Epidemiologist with training in genetic epidemiology and some expertise in the analysis of genomic and epigenomic data.
  3. Sociologist with training in demography or public health or statistics and with strong interest in applications of theories of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.


Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Candidates are encouraged to read our Data Protection Policy.

These applications must include the following documents in a zip file:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Letter of interest (Max 1 page). Briefly describe the areas covered by ECHO in which the candidate believes he/she could contribute the most.
  3. Research Statement (Max 1 page). Describe ongoing and future research plans. Identify technical skills, areas of expertise, and advanced training that you would like to receive as a research scientist that could prepare for a future career in the field.
  4. Contact information for 3 references.
  5. One writing sample or publication.

The position will be open until it is filled. In order to receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by May 31st. The short-listed candidates will be notified by mid-June and will be invited to an on-line interview. The starting date should be no later than November 2020.


The successful applicant will be offered a 3-year contract with a remuneration equivalent to (approx.) 38,000 EUR gross per year for researchers who completed their PhD in the past two years. A candidate with additional experience should expect a remuneration of up to (approx.) 47,900 EUR gross per year. Social Security contributions are paid by CSIC and have already been deducted from the offered salary (32,60% approx). For more information about Social Security rights in Spain, please click here.


  • CSIC addresses a vast array of scientific problems always deploying strong multidisciplinary teams and research strategies. Through its own centers and those supported in collaboration with universities and other research institutions, it offers ample room to interact with professionals and students working in academia.
  • CSIC’s researchers’ profiles endow the institution with a strong international character and supports an environment highly attractive for and supportive of the scientific and professional career development of young or senior students, doctorates and postdoctoral fellows, technicians and managers.
  • CSIC resources are made available for all researchers, technicians and managers. These include the access to its research infrastructures, libraries, training and digital resources, as well as the support by professional staff for the participation in public and private competitive calls. Twice in a year, CSIC offers in-house professional training to all its employees in a variety of topics. Moreover, CSIC encourages the participation in seminars and conferences both organized by external institutions and by its centers.
  • CSIC is committed to ensure a transparent recruitment process that respects the principles of equality, merit and ability regulating access to public employment.
  • CSIC pays special attention to gender equality issues. Through many policy interventions, CSIC is well-positioned and highly ranked among leading European scientific organizations in its quest to achieve and fully supports women’s participation in all stages of their scientific career.
  • Other benefits of working in CSIC:
    • 22 working days of paid annual leave, plus 6 paid personal days (in addition to public holidays in Spain (12 days approx.)).
    • Measures to ensure work-life balance (e.g. flexible schedule in case of children or family members with special needs).
    • Employee benefits in case of disability and/or for medical, educational and/or transport expenses.
    • Subsidies in case of illness or maternity/paternity leave, and other paid leaves (e.g. family member’s care).
    • Unemployment benefits at the end of the contract, according to Spanish law.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 788582). This job offer reflects only the authors’ view and the European Research Council Executive Agency and the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.