Part-time researcher needed for COVID-19 meta-research project

Os reenviamos un mensaje sobre una plaza posdoctoral en la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) y la Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, financiada por la fundación BBVA.

La Junta Directiva de la SEPEX

Applications are invited for a part-time post-doctoral position to help with an ongoing study addressing the reliability of scientific findings published in relationship to COVID19.

The project is a collaboration between the research groups of Salvador Soto-Faraco, at the Center for Brain and Cognition in Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and Miguel Vadilllo 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 experience in similar meta-research projects. Desirable: Experience with data mining.

The project goal is to estimate the reliability of research outputs published 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 postdoctoral fellowships such as the Juan de la Cierva, MSCF or the La Caixa Junior Leader depending on seniority.


  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 part-time and will be funded for 8 months.  Starting date: Oct 1st. Salary (before tax):  Approx. 1,200 euros/month (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 will be valued, but candidates with relevant research experience will be considered.

How to apply

Please, send an expression of interest (or other enquiries about the position) to 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 position in the email subject. We will consider candidates until the position is filled.