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Postdoctoral Fellow: Ecoinformatics, modelling of ecosystem services in marine and freshwater systems.

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position for work to be carried out under the H2020 funded “AQUACROSS - Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies” project.  AQUACROSS, in collaboration with a large consortium of European research institutions, investigates interactions between aquatic ecosystems (both marine and freshwater) and societies; an ecosystem-based management paradigm will be developed, integrating ecological function, ecosystem services and policy, with 8 case studies around Europe. The researcher will concentrate on the modelling of hydrological processes, aquatic ecosystem services and eco-social interactions, becoming a specialist team member in the ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) initiative, one of the most advanced global platforms for ecosystem services assessment and integrated environmental modelling in existence. The successful candidate will work with the AQUACROSS community and the large consortium of ARIES scientists led by BC3, concentrating on areas of interest for the AQUACROSS project at first. Upon satisfactory completion of the contract, opportunities for continuing on as a stable member of the ARIES team will be assessed.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Collaborate in building, evaluating and delivering models of marine and freshwater ecosystem services within the ARIES platform;
  • Integrate such models and their results within a holistic, integrated trade-off assessment framework for decision- and policy-making;
  • Assist and teach in training and educational activities connected with the ARIES project, such as the International Spring University on Ecosystem Services Modelling and worldwide case studies connected with the AQUACROSS themes;
  • Participate in and assist modelling and data preparation in three AQUACROSS case studies, specifically in the North Sea, the Vouga River watershed (PT) and the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean;
  • Publish high-impact, peer-reviewed research in international scientific journals in ecoinformatics and environmental decision-making.

Experience/skills required:

  • The applicant must have a PhD (or be near completion) in computer science, geography, engineering, or other fields of relevance to ecoinformatics. A very strong background in computational modelling and hydrology are required, along with strong programming skills (preferentially in Java or other object-oriented languages) and a working knowledge of GIS. Expertise in the areas of ontologies, artificial intelligence, machine reasoning and learning is desirable.
  • The applicant must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent written and oral command of English is required. An ability to work in teams and experience in the use of collaborative software platforms and distributed version control systems are necessary.
  • The applicant should demonstrate a track record of 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 aprox. 40-42 months (until the end of the project - 30/11/2018), contingent to successful performance assessment after a period of 9 months.

Salary: The position will carry competitive salary, matching the academic and professional profile of the applicant, and excellent conditions of work.
How to Apply: Applicants are invited to submit their CV, a one page motivation letter and the contact details of three referees to hr@bc3research.org with “AQUACROSS postdoctoral position” in the subject line. Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Ferdinando Villa (ferdinando.villa@bc3research.org).

Closing date:  June 15, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is found.



The BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change is a Research Centre based in Bilbao which aims to contribute to long term research on the causes and consequences of climate change in order to foster the creation of knowledge in this multidisciplinary science. This center is part of the network of BERCs - Basque Excellence Research Centers supported by the Basque Government.

BC3 seeks to be a world-class climate change research center aimed at informing decision-making at the Basque, Spanish, and International level by integrating natural and social sciences to address the socio-economic implications of global climate change.

This synergy is realized through our research on low carbon transitions, natural environment and ecosystem services, health, economics and climate policy.

Following the successful completion of its launching phase, BC3 is now looking for a new Scientific Director with excellent scientific quality paired with proven human resources leadership that will lead the consolidation of the center for the future years. Applicants will have a background in either physical or the social sciences but with a strong commitment to the study of climate change.

The Scientific Director should be a person with a proven track record in the area of climate change and at least 15 years research experience after the completion of the PhD. He/ She should also have experience in managing a research institution and have international reputation in the field. The candidates may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted projects, awards, prizes etc.

The position will carry competitive salary and excellent conditions of work. The envisaged starting date of the position will be summer 2015.

Only researchers with a solid research track, senior level and international research experience will be considered.

Position Requirements:

Recognized scientific excellence in the field of climate change:

  • The Scientific Director should be a person with a proven track record in the area of climate change and at least 15 years research experience after the completion of the PhD.
  • Leadership in human resources in science – at least 5 years track record in managing science and research teams on various levels and skills and experience in supporting and nurturing new scientists.
  • Demonstrated experience and a long-term successful track record in obtaining research funding and managing and directing scientific research programs, including a commitment to scientific excellence and accompanying energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to facilitate and foster research efforts at the forefront of science.
  • Strong sense of responsibility, initiative and self-motivation along with an ambition to develop the research center to a world-class standard.
  • Proven capacity to take decisions, both at strategic and operational level.
  • Language: English proficiency.

More details about the position and the recruiting process: 

pdf Executive Brief



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