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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

Applications: Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and leadership experience and CV to: scientificdirector@bc3research.org.

Closing dateExtended until 15th of February 2015 (13:00 PM, CET).


Postdoctoral Fellow: Adapting dairy farms to climate change.

The BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change offers a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship.  The successful applicant will assist in the development of system-based livestock farm modeling approaches in order to analyze strategies that help dairy farmers to both adapt to temperature rise and increased climate variability and reduce the overall GHG emissions (climate change mitigation).
The candidate will contribute to workpackage 4 of the European project OPTIBARN.The focus will be on the evaluation of expected environmental and economic impacts and on risk management for climate optimal design of dairy farms.

The postdoctoral researcher will be based at BC3 in Bilbao. It is expected that the successful candidate will join BC3 as soon as possible.

Specifically the Postdoctoral Fellow will:

  • Carry out a literature review of costs and prices at different levels of the dairy farm system and for the different selected regions.
  • Carry out a literature review of the effect of climate change on animal welfare in dairy systems.
  • Help incorporating the economic and welfare data into the SIMSDAIRY model.
  • Develop a modelling framework to couple different models to simulate the effect of climate change (with and without adaptation) on farm economics (market- and non-market valuation).
  • Carry out a risk analysis for optimal housing design.
  • Publish high-impact, peer-reviewed research in international scientific journals.
  • Assist in ongoing activities of the Agriculture and Climate Change team.

Experience/skills required: 

  • The applicant must have a PhD in Environmental or Natural Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, Engineering Physics or Environmental Economics.
  • The applicant should demonstrate expertise in ecological/environmental/agricultural/livestock farm modelling.
  • The applicants should demonstrate evidence of a track record of peer-reviewed publications on topics related to the OPTIBARN project as well as the ability to initiate and complete original, creative and innovative research.
  • The applicant must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) in English.

Other experience/skills valued: agricultural economics, nutrient cycling, climate modeling, environmental valuation, statistics and mathematics.

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

Tenure: The contract will be for a period of three years.

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

Those interested should send their application (2-page CV, one page motivation letter and provide the full contact details of two referees) to hr@bc3research.org with subject “postdoc: Adapting dairy farms to climate change”). Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Agustin del Prado (agustin.delprado@bc3research.org).

Applications close:  1st February 2015



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