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Number of new public research posts in Spain hits 14-year high

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Country’s science ministry says public researcher and technician posts up 28 per cent on 2020

Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation has announced 699 new posts for researchers and technicians at public research bodies, which it said was the largest crop of annual approvals since 2007.

The ministry said on 28 July that the number of new posts was 28 per cent up on 2020 and that it had also approved 364 internal promotions.

Diana Morant, who was appointed minister for science and innovation earlier this month, said the posts were “stable positions” that would enable public institutions to “rejuvenate” teams working on problems such as climate change as well as fundamental research.

The ministry’s budget is 60 per cent higher in 2021 than in 2020. It is aiming to strengthen the Spanish science system, including by attracting and retaining scientific talent, as part of a broader push to bolster the country’s recovery from Covid-19.

The posts will be distributed among various bodies including the Higher Council for Scientific Research, CSIC.