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Excellence in Human Resource management for researchers


IMDEA Water Institute fully endorses the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code). These two documents, with their 40 principles, contain recommendations concerning the responsibilities and obligations of researchers, employers and funders as regards four themes: ethical and professional aspects, recruitment (open, transparent and merit based), working conditions and social security and training.

The European Commission recognizes with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' the institutions which make progress in aligning their HR Policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized HR strategy.

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European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers"HR Strategy for Researchers" is a mechanism to support the implementation of the Charter & Code by research institutions. This helps increasing their attractiveness to researchers that would identify them as a stimulating and favourable working environment. IMDEA Water has adhered to the principles set out in the Charter and Code and is committed to making efforts to ensure the sustained enhancement of its human resources policies. Also, and being fully aware of the importance of the integration of newcomers, IMDEA Water provides information and assistance regarding relevant issues for researchers when planning to move to Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).

IMDEA Water received the official acknowledgement from the European Commission for excellence in Human Resource management for researchers in 2010, being the first Spanish institution (and the eleventh in Europe) to receive this official and important acknowledgement and to be entitled to use the logo "HR excellence in research", becoming part of a growing group of institutions accredited with this distinction (more than 600 organizations in July 2021).

Progress made since obtaining the acknowledgement in 2010

IMDEA Water continues in a continuous process of improvement of its human resources strategy, currently adapted to the new strengthened process, whose stages can be seen in the following figure.

HRS4R procedure IMDEA Water


To do this, in order to accomplish these goals, self-evaluations are carried out and an action plan is defined for different periods. So far the periods have been:



Working group

The  working group for the implementation of the action plan is participated by: Rafael Irastorza (General Manager), Juana Sanz (RTD Manager), Belén Barroeta (Scientific communicator), Raffaella Meffe (Researcher), Carolina Guillén (Laboratory technician) and José Ángel Gómez (Projects Manager).​

Open positionsOpen, transparent and merit-based recruitment of researchers (OTM-R)

In the framework of the Charter & Code, the European Commission designed the OTM-R package, a set of practical and useful tools for implementing Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment practices (OTM-R), supporting research institutions during their recruitment processes. IMDEA Water's OTM-R Policy is aligned with these practices. You can access the open positions section of IMDEA Water by clicking on the following image.

Equality plan 2022-2025

IMDEA Water's equality plan reflects the Institute's commitment to equality and optimal working conditions. The general objective of the equality plan is to achieve equal treatment and opportunities, eliminating any possible discrimination based on sex within the scope of IMDEA Water.


Further information about the institution and the strategy here

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On 3 March 2015, the European Commission hosted a conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charter and Code. The first two hundred Deans and Rectors from universities and research institutes (including IMDEA Water) that implemented the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers received the ‘HR Excellence in Research' Award for their efforts to create attractive working conditions for researchers in Europe.

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