C. Dionisio Pérez-Blanco (google scholar page) at the Universidad de Salamanca (map) has two predoc positions going. A pre-doc position gives young researchers a chance to build their skills before applying for a PhD,
Dioni is a friend of mine and I can highly recommend this opportunity. Salamanca is simply stunning and the town is a University town and a simply beautiful place to live. While working with Dioni will provide you an opportunity to develop the skills and thinking to help your endeavours in future study. Dioni is well connected and excellent at his work.
Details of the position:
We offer 2 positions based in Salamanca (Spain), with a competitive salary (same level as Ministry of Science's predoctoral fellowships FPI/FPU) and a duration of 32 months (20+12).
Successful applicants will work alongside other predoc and postdoc researchers on the development of a multi-model ensemble framework within the Program for the Attraction of Scientific Talent's SWAN Project (https://proyectosayuntamiento.usal.es/index-en.html).
We request a sound quantitative background (economics, engineering) and digital competences. Knowledge of mathematical programming/optimization (e.g. GAMS), macroeconomic (e.g. GEMPACK), hydrologic (e.g. SWAT) and/or statistical computing software (e.g. R) is an asset. Working language will be English.
Candidates can apply online here:
Go to "todas las publicaciones"; in the page that opens, click on the field "título", write "8357", and click on "buscar". Then scroll down and select the job offer that appears. A detailed job description in English is available in the doc "Anexo Conv". You can provide my contact for more information for potential candidates.
Cost to defend the health system from tobacco lobbying countries: Or some better media coverage please
In a prior blog post (here) I mentioned that it had been estimated that $50 million had been spent on protecting Australia's rights to have plain packaging on cigarette packets. Well this story here claims its only $39 million and then it has the usual story about opportunity costs of expenditure. Well a simple little reporting may have widened the rationale for this expenditure.
Tobacco causes millions of dollars in medical costs and lives a year. Lung cancer is estimated to cost over $107 million per year in Australia.
By all means complain that we aren't suing the tobacco companies for using third parties to go after our regulations. But hell even if the costs were $50 million, the future benefits from this expenditure can not be underestimated.