UrbanKlima 2050 – Research Assistant

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time Research Assistant (RA) position for a period of 2 years, renewable, and with an initial evaluation period of 6 months.

LIFE URBAN KLIMA 2050 is a European project with the participation of around twenty entities (including BC3), in the Basque Country. The main objective of the project relates to the implementation of the goals of the Basque Country’s Climate Change Strategy KLIMA 2050, through the development of a series of actions and pilot projects over the six-year duration of the project. To this end, BC3, will contribute, among others, to the following areas:

  1. Policies of climate change and health at urban scale. Coordination (supervisor): Dr. Aline Chiabai
  2. Technical training of the public administration against climate change. Coordination (supervisor): Estíbaliz Sanz
  3. Development of a climate change risk governance model adapted to the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Coordination (supervisor): Dr. Marta Olazabal


The level of dedication in the different activities will vary throughout the contract period depending on the needs of the project and the established work schedule. This will be managed by the internal project coordinator at BC3.

In general, and for each of these activities, the selected person will be responsible for (but not limited to):

– Review the state of the art, (including scientific and grey literature), and good practices of climate change and health policies at the urban level.

– Study of the competences and functions of the different public administrations in the Basque Country.

– Study of the competences and regulatory framework of urban planning in the Basque Country.

– Review and select suitable mechanisms for climate risk management and planning in the Basque Country.

– Prepare materials and support for the organization of events, workshops, seminars, surveys and interviews.

– Support in the creation of databases and technical analysis of the data collected.

– Contribute to the development of the deliverables and documents of the project.

– Communicate and coordinate with both technical and non-technical stakeholders, under the supervision of the task leaders.

– Assist in the internal coordination of BC3, as well as in the preparation of external dissemination materials.

The selected person will be physically located in Leioa (Bizkaia) at the UPV-EHU Science Park, at BC3 facilities. The selected person will work under the direct supervision of Estibaliz Sanz (project coordinator at BC3) and in close collaboration with Dr. Aline Chiabai and Dr. Marta Olazabal, according to the needs of the project. The applicant is expected to comply with the standards of conduct and ethics imposed by the host institution (BC3).

Experience / skills required:

  • Knowledge of sustainability policies and climate change.
  • Experience in the analysis of sectoral and urban policies, and instruments of territorial and urban planning.
  • Master’s degree in the field related to the project or experience in consulting or applied research projects.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Basque and English, demonstrable.
  • Demonstrable expertise in database management and in the use of spreadsheets and word processors.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and analytical skills, with demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural team.

Desirable experience / skills:

  • International experience

Benefits and work environment:

  • The selected person will join the Adaptation Lab research line at BC3.
  • Possibility of developing a scientific career based on an annual preparation of an individual scientific plan.
  • 35 hours a week
  • 30 days of vacation per year.
  • 1-day per week teleworking
  • Possibility of participating in internal training, learning or corporate social responsibility activities of the centre
  • Excellent working environment


Term of contract

The position will be for a period of 2 years, renewable, based on excellence in performance and with an initial evaluation period of 6 months.


 Annual gross salary is 24,000 EUR.


Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Biscay (Spain).

Contract start date:

October 1, 2020

As an institution awarded with Excellence in Human Resources, BC3 is committed to reconciling academic research requirements and family duties. BC3 is particularly concerned with creating equal opportunities for women and men. Therefore, women of any culture with relevant qualifications are encouraged to apply for this position.

Those interested should only include in their request:

– Letter of motivation of a page

– Curriculum Vitae (free extension).

*** Both documents integrated in the same PDF file. ***

The request will be sent to hr@bc3research.org, indicating in the subject of the message “RA UrbanKlima”. Any questions related to the nature of this position can be addressed to Estibaliz Sanz estibaliz.sanz@bc3research.org.

The evaluation committee will inform the pre-selected candidates during the first evaluation phase. During the second evaluation phase, interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held during the first two weeks of September. The evaluation committee reserves the right to request candidates any additional information that supports the information contained in the application.


August 28, 2020

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María de Maeztu Excellence Unit 2023-2027 Ref. CEX2021-001201-M, funded by MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033

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