Tenure-track Research Team Leader position in Environmental Epidemiology of Air Pollution

Jagiellonian University
Kraków (PL)
240 000 PLN / 57 000 EUR per annum
May 29 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Tenure-track Research Team Leader position 

in Environmental Epidemiology of Air Pollution 

based in Krakow, Poland

The Jagiellonian University (JU) in Krakow is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1364. Its state-of-the-art infrastructure and eminent research staff make the JU one of the leading scientific institutions in Poland, and facilitate collaboration with major academic centres worldwide. 

This Research Team Leader position is based at the JU Institute of Psychology, ranked number one in Poland for psychological research. Located in a newly renovated building in the very heart of Kraków, a vibrant city famous for its architecture, culture and quality of life, the Institute is a renowned centre of excellence and hosts research teams working on themes ranging from neuroimaging and neuroplasticity to health and social psychology. 

This post is fully funded by a 3.5M EUR grant awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science (Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej, FNP) for the newly established NeuroSmog project. NeuroSmog combines four scientific teams in the fields of pollution assessment, child psychology, neuroimaging and epidemiology with the common goal of determining the impact of ambient air pollution on the developing brain in school age children. Using MRI scans and in-depth psychological testing of cases of ADHD and a control group selected from the general population, the Neurosmog project endeavours to investigate the effects of air pollution on behavioural and neural changes in school-age children.

The Research Team Leader will be an experienced environmental epidemiologist accustomed to working across disciplines, highly motivated to achieve the objectives of the project, and well-positioned to build capacity at the JU in a research domain currently underdeveloped in Poland. The key roles of the post are to set up and lead a new team (two postdocs and one PhD student) responsible for conducting the epidemiological components of the Neurosmog project  and to establish an epidemiological research programme at the JU. The candidate will have a unique opportunity to investigate these effects in a region where air pollution levels are considerably higher than elsewhere in Europe, and where air pollution is a major growing concern for society.


The appointed candidate will:

  • coordinate and line manage a new environmental epidemiology team, set up to deliver the objectives of the Neurosmog project;
  • Finalise the epidemiological study design of the Neurosmog project, including liaising with the psychologists and exposure assessment teams;
  • Build the environmental epidemiology team by assisting in recruitment of two postdoctoral researchers and PhD student who will become the team´s members;
  • With his/her team execute the epidemiological components of the study, in particular ensuring that exposure assessment and outcome assessment are designed appropriately to meet the analytical aims of the study. 
  • Conduct state-of-the-art epidemiological analysis and report findings in high impact peer-reviewed journals and international conferences;
  • Actively expand the research capacity of the Epidemiology team into topics beyond the scope of the NeuroSmog project, first, by using the vast amount of unique data gathered under the project, as well as the human resources put at the team leaders’ disposition, and second, through engaging in research collaborations within/outside the JU, and by seeking external funding for his/her team.


The post is a fixed-term appointment for 4 years and will be made to the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Extensions and tenure are possible based on successfully attracting additional external research funding.  The gross salary will be 240 000 PLN/ 57 000 EUR (approx. 155 000 PLN/36 000 EUR net after all deductions) per annum, which would provide for a comfortable standard of living in Kraków, where the cost of living is considerably lower than the European average. 

Benefits include health coverage (NFZ) for the candidate and his/her family, summer and winter holiday benefit for children and teenagers, childcare subsidy, accommodation in university guesthouses in Zakopane, Rabka and Ustroń and sport and leisure activities/subsidies. The NeuroSmog project provides ample research funding for equipment, database access, software, conferences and collaborative travel. 

To apply, please send a two-page CV, a full publication list, two recent exemplary publications, and the contact details of three referees to Dr Marcin Szwed, NeuroSmog consortium leader m.szwed@uj.edu.pl. Enquiries are welcome, and should be sent to the same email address. 

Deadline for applications is June 16th, 2019. Interviews are scheduled 9-12 July 2019. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Starting date should be in the last trimester of 2019.