Job description

The Pere Virgili Institute for Health Research (IISPV) is an institution that integrates research in the field of biomedicine in the “Camp de Tarragona” and the “Terres de l’Ebre”. The IISPV is the instrument that the university hospitals of both health regions have been endowed with (Joan XXIII University Hospital of Tarragona, Verge de la Cinta Hospital of Tortosa, Sant Joan de Reus University Hospital, Institut Pere Mata University Hospital of Reus) and Rovira and Virgili University, in order to bring together and manage biomedical research and innovation in the territory.

The Pediatrics, Nutrition and Human Development Research Unit is a group that investigates several lines of research, such as the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, studies of the mechanisms involved in the development of metabolic syndrome from childhood, as well like other research projects in the field of pediatric nephrology, pediatric gastroenterology.

Number of available positions:1

The selected candidate will perform the following tasks:

Conducting pediatric nutrition studies in diferent fieldwork aspects, such as:

  • Recruitment of children (and their families) from diferent ages (from birth to 18 years) depending of the study.
  • Anthropmetry
  • Body composition assessment using bioimpedance and using air displacement pletysmography
  • Revising and coding food diaries
  • Revising food frequency questionnaires
  • Resting energy expenditure using indirect calorimetry
  • Samples processing



  • Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • The researcher must have a University Master degree in pediatric nutrition
  • The candidate should have demonstrable 10 years experience (minimum) in recruiting pediatric participants and conducting clinical trials in the field of pediatric nutrition.


  • Previous experience in similar projects.
  • Post-degree training in Good Clinical Practice
  • Post-degree training on infant feeding (such as breastfeeding counselling)
  • Post-degree training in different aspects of nutritional assessment in children, such as (but not exclusively):
    • Anthropometry
    • Body composition
    • Dietary intake assessment
  • Experience with electronic data capture platforms, queries, and adverse events management in clinical trials
  • Experience in public and private funded research projects in the field of infant nutrition



  • Selection of CV’s. Suitable and unsuitable CV’s will be identified according to the requirements. Applicants who do not meet the requirements indicated in the candidate profile and requirements will not pass to the next phase.
  • Evaluation of the CV. Evaluation of the CVs up to a maximum score of 70 points.
  • Cover Letter. Attach to the resume a cover letter with a maximum length of 2500 characters including spaces. With a maximum score of 10 points. Use this letter to justify why you feel you have the required expertise.

To access the interview phase it is necessary to have obtained a minimum score of 50 points in the sum of scores of the evaluation of the curriculum and cover letter

  • Personal interview. With a maximum score of 20 points.


Items 20
Fit in the workplace 5
Experience, developed functions/skills 10
Teamwork 5



  • President: Dr. Joaquín Escribano
  • Chair 1: Dr. Veronica Luque
  • Chair 2: Dr. Mariona Gispert


  • President: Dr. Ester Parada
  • Chair 1: Natàlia Ferré
  • Chair 2: Dr. Gemma Castillejo de Villasante



For any questions or queries:





The IISPV will notify the candidates of the results of the different phases of the selection process through its website.

The IISPV has the European accreditation The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), complies with the general principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

The IISPV has an internal recruitment policy that follows the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R) policies. More information about the HRS4R policies implemented at the IISPV is available on the following website:

The IISPV will guarantee the right to equal opportunities and treatment, as well as the real and effective exercise of rights by people with disabilities under equal conditions with respect to other citizens, through the promotion of personal autonomy, universal accessibility, access to employment, inclusion in the community and independent living and the eradication of any form of discrimination, in accordance with articles 9.2, 10, 14 and 49 of the Spanish Constitution and the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and international treaties and agreements ratified by Spain.

In the event of a tie, priority will be given to hiring the person with a disability.

In the event of a tie between people of different genders, the person of the least represented gender in the work group/department/service in which he joins will be hired.

Labor conditions


  • Full-time position
  • Workplace: Hospital Universitari Sant Joan de Reus / Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII de Tarragona / Facultat de Medicina de Reus
  • Contract: Indefinite
  • Gross annual salary: 29.900,0 €
  • Starting date: 1st of february 2024


  • 15/12/2023 - IC82_23
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