Postdoctoral Fellow | Basque Center for Climate Control

Co-benefits of a combined water and health adaptation strategy for the megacity of Madrid

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a two year postdoctoral position in the context of the EU FP7 project BASE: Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe.

The postdoctoral researcher will estimate co-benefits arising from combined adaptation strategies for water and health at the level of the megacity of Madrid as well as their impacts on the Tajo river basin. Madrid faces multiple vulnerabilities under climate change due to its size and large population, its drought-prone climate and its use of trans-boundary water. Madrid is already experiencing severe impacts of drought. Extreme weather events are associated with increased frequency and intensity of flooding, droughts and heat waves. These events affect water flows and water quality which in turn affect health, ecosystems, and the built environment.

Specifically the Postdoctoral Fellow will:

  • Identify adaptation measures with co-benefits on water and health.
  • Develop economic models for cost-benefit analysis to assess a combined set of measures in water management and health.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders in Madrid and the Tajo river basin.
  • Assist in the development of the general framework (including up-scaling and uncertainty analysis).
  • Publish high-impact, peer-reviewed research in international scientific journals.

Experience/skills required:

  • The applicant must have a PhD in environmental economics/sciences or a related field as well as a strong background in environmental valuation, statistics/econometric modelling. Expertise in the areas of health and water is desirable.
  • The applicant must have excellent interpersonal as well communication skills (both written and oral) in English and Spanish.
  • The applicant should demonstrate evidence of a track record in peer-reviewed publications as well as the ability to initiate and complete research characterized by originality, creativity and innovation.

Location: Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, Spain.

Tenure: The position will be for a period of two years.

Salary: The position will carry competitive salaries according to the academic and professional profile of the applicant and excellent conditions of work.

Applications: Applicants are invited to submit their CV, a one page motivation letter and the contact details of three referees to with “postdoctoral position on co-benefits” in the subject line. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Aline Chiabai ( or Dr. Marc Neumann (

Closing date:  31 January 2013

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