[visionlist] Postdoctoral position to work on COVID-19 meta-research at UPF (Barcelona) and UAM (Madrid)

Salvador Soto-Faraco salvador.soto at icrea.cat
Wed Oct 7 07:29:43 -04 2020

*Postdoctoral position to work on COVID-19 meta-research *

 Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral position to study
the reliability of scientific findings published in relationship to
COVID19. The project is a collaboration between the research groups of Salvador
Soto-Faraco <https://www.upf.edu/web/mrg>, at the Center for Brain and
Cognition in Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and Miguel Vadilllo
<https://mvadillo.com/> at the Department of Psychology in Universidad
Autonoma de Madrid. The position is funded by the BBVA Foundation
project ‘COREVID: COronavirus Research EVIDence evaluation’.

*The position*

We seek excellent and highly motivated candidates with a background in
statistics, biomedicine, psychology or related fields, although all
backgrounds will be considered if the candidate experience aligns with the
project goals. Necessary: Programming skills (e.g., MATLAB, R, Python),
familiarity with advanced statistical methods, and demonstrable experience
in similar meta-research projects. Desirable: Experience with data mining.
The project goal is to estimate the reliability of research outputs
garnered during the COVID19 crisis using quantitative techniques such as
p-curves [1], selection models [2], or tests for excess significance [3].
We will especially consider candidates who are eligible and stand good
chances to continue their own research lines under a senior postdoctoral
fellowship such as the MSCF
or the La Caixa Junior Leader

1. Simonsohn, U., Nelson, L. D., & Simmons, J. P. (2014). P-curve: A key to
the file-drawer. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 534-547.

2. Vevea, J. L., & Hedges, L. V. (1995). A general linear model for
estimating effect size in the presence of publication bias. Psychometrika,
60(3), 419–435.

3. Ioannidis, J. P. A., & Trikalinos, T. A. (2007). An exploratory test for
an excess of significant findings. Clinical Trials 4, 245–253.


The position is full-time and will be funded for one year.  Starting date:
As soon as possible. Salary (before tax):  up to 35,000 euros/year
(according to experience). Remote working is possible, but occasional
in-person meetings may be necessary in Madrid or Barcelona.


The candidate must be able to legally work in Spain.

PhD, or equivalent research experience.

*How to apply*

Please, send an expression of interest (or other enquiries about the
position) to projectes.cbc at upf.edu. Include the following:

- C.V., a cover letter describing research interests, contact details of
two academic referees, and a sample of your previous work (publication,
thesis, and/or other scientific outputs).

Please, mention that you are applying to the BBVA POSTDOCTORAL position in
the email subject. We will consider candidates until the position is

Salvador Soto Faraco
ICREA Research Professor
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona
Edifici Merce Rodoreda  (Room 24.327)

Ph: (+34) 93 542 2534
salvador.soto at icrea.cat
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4799-3762
ResearcherID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-8400-2011

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