Investigador Senior para el Observatorio del Agua de la Fundación Botín




The Water Observatory of the Botin Foundation is a think tank with the clear goal of influencing policy and debates on global water policy, through both innovative research and by creating a fora for debate and discussion at the most senior level.

This position provides an excellent opportunity to contribute directly to the interface between science and policy in the fields of water, food security and Care of Nature in Latin America and Spain. The areas that the research project will mainly address are: role of groundwater intensive revolution, extended water footprint, water and energy nexus, international food trade, cultural and religious aspects of water, role of technology and innovation, aind environmental protection.

This research project begun in 2010 and will continue in 2012 and probably beyond. Its main characteristics and outputs are available at www.fundacionbotin.org/agua.htm.

The successful candidate will join the FB-Water Observatory and work in frontier research, empirical analysis and policy interface in the research programme on Water and Food Security and Care of Nature in Latin America and Spain under Prof. Ramón Llamas, Director of the FMB Water Observatory at the Universidad Complutense and Prof. Alberto Garrido Deputy director of the FB-WO and Director of the CEIGRAM, Technical University of Madrid both located at the Moncloa Campus of Excellence.

Duties will be carried out at the Moncloa campus where the FB-Water Observatory is based, in Madrid, Spain.

The candidate is expected to have a solid background in a fields related to water, with previous experience in international research projects (especially semi-arid regions). Candidates should ideally have a Ph.D. or have relevant high level work experience equivalent to a Ph. D. The Ph. D. should be preferably in hydrology, natural resource economics and policy, or engineering, a mixed background being a strength.

The selected candidate will interact with researchers of different nationalities, and will write and present scientific papers. An excellent command of written and spoken English is essential for this position.


Duration: The position will be based in Madrid, Spain: Initially one year which can probably be renewed for two to three years.

Net Salary: Full-time (35 hours/week) between 30,000 and 45,000 Euros/year, depending on qualifications and experience), (social security costs are not included in this amount and will be paid by the University). In the exceptional case of part-time work the salary will be reduced proportionally.

Experience: The successful candidate will be an established researcher who is able to work in interdisciplinary teams. He/She should have broad knowledge of public policies related to water, with publications in reputed journals and experience in research collaboration. Work experience (minimum of three years) on a topic related to water resources (Hydrology, Economics, Ecology, etc.).

Essential Qualifications and Requirements: The Fellow should ideally have a minimum of a Ph. D. degree or equivalent experience and background on water in an appropriate discipline (engineering, economics, hydrology, biology, ecology and/or environmental sciences, politics or sociology).

  • Public policy: Broad knowledge of public policy formulation and implementation especially in terms of water.
  • Research projects: Experience in research collaboration with external organizations
  • Languages: fluent written and spoken English, and good command of Spanish.