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The Marcelino Botin Water Observatory 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 an excellent opportunity to contribute directly to the interface between science and policy in the fields of water, food and energy security in the Mediterranean region. The areas that the research project will mainly address are: role fo groundwater intensive revolution, extended water footprint, water and energy nexus, international food trade, cultural and religious aspects of water, role of technology and innovation, environmenatl protection and water resources.

The successful candidate will join the FMB-Water Observatory and work in frontier research, emprical analysis and policy interface in the research programme on Water food and energy security in the Mediterranean region under Prof. Ramon Llamas Director of the FMB Water Observatory at the Universidad Complutense and Prof. Alberto Garrido Deuputy directo ro fhte FMB-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 FMB-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 Phd. 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. The FMB Water Observatory offers an interdisciplinary workplace. The strong ties with a world-wide network of research institutions engaged in water research and allows a continuous fruitful exchange of experiences. The successful
candidate is expected to begin his/her assignment in 1st May 2010.
The appointment period will be at least one year long, which can be renewed for an additional 2 years. Gross salary will be based on qualification and working experience. Higher salaries may be considered for particularly experienced candidates.

The position will be based in Madrid, Spain: Initially one year which can be renewed for two to three years
Net Salary: full-time (35 hours/week) or pro-rata 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.

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 two years) on a topic related to water resources (Hydrology, Economics, Ecology, etc.). A PhD, in any of these fields is recommended but not strictly necessary.

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 acceptable Spanish. French would be an additional

Please submit the following documents electronically to Mercedes Campos (Secretary FMB-WO) at
1. CV
2. A 2-page note on why you want to join the FMB-WO Team and what you would bring to the team (1 page) and a
brief note of what think are the key problems related to water, food and energy security in the Mediterranean
3. 2 Letters of Reference
4. Summary table of key information (see at the end of this advert)

The applications should be received by 31st March 2010 and with the possibility of joining the FMB-WO team by 1st May at the latest.

The Fundacion Marcelino Botin and funding innovative research on water
A five-year research project (about 1.5 M€) on Water Resources (mainly focused on groundwater) was started by the Marcelino Botin Foundation in 1998 This has been followed by several Botin Foundation Water Workshops and other projects carried out under the direction of Prof. M. R. Llamas, with a strong participation by the Department of Agricultural Economics (Prof. A. Garrido) of the Technical University of Madrid. The first workshop was on the Intensive use of groundwater (December 2001). The second workshop was on the topic Water crisis: myth or reality (June 2004); the third workshop Water and Ethics (June 2006). The fourth workshop was on ´Rethinking water and food security´ (September 2009).a fifth workship is currently planned on in June 2010. The results of these research projects were reflected in a large number of publications (more than 13 books, 17 monographs and about 60 scientific papers).

A list of these activities by the FMB-Water Observatory and resulting publications can be downloaded from the M. Botin Foundation website ( .

The FMB-Water Observatory
This work programme is framed within the research programme of the Water Observatory of the Marcelino Botin Foundation, coordinated by the Director of the FMB-WO by Professor Ramon Llamas (U Complutense)., and the Deputy director Prof Alberto Garrido (U Politecnica).

The Project on water food and energy security in the Mediterranean
Currently, the Marcelino Botin Foundation, is initiating an ambitious joint venture with the World Water Council with a project looking at ´Food, water and energy security in the Mediterranean region. The scholars selected will be working as part of an interdisciplinary team to produce a series of high level technical seminars and scientific reports to feed into a political process led by a High Level Commission in time for the 6th World Water Forum, to held in Marseilles in 2012.

Contact information Dr Elena Lopez-Gunn, Senior Research fellow, Water Observatory- Marcelino Botin Foundation / Mercedes Campos (Secretary FMB-WO) (email: ;
News type Vacancies
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Source of information The Marcelino Botin Foundation
Keyword(s) water footprint, groundwater, water security, food, water observatory, engineering, economics, hydrology, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, politics; sociology, water and energy nexus
Geographical coverage Spain, Mediterranean
News date 05/03/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH , SPANISH