Research Assistant – Additives for livestock systems



The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time Research Assistant (RA) position for a period of 3 months.

Additives for livestock systems is a small project that feeds into the BC3 work currently carried out within the general subject of climate-neutrality in livestock systems. The main objective of the project relates to the prospective analysis of the role of additives on mitigating climate change. This will involve mainly literature review and analysis of the data reviewed.

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.

The selected person will be responsible for (but not limited to):

– Review the state of the art, (including scientific and grey literature), of:

– existing trials involving the study of the use of additives in livestock as a measure to reduce methane emissions form ruminants’ fermentation.

– Creation of databases and technical analysis of the data collected.

– Contribute to the development of a written report and potentially a scientific article

– Contribute to develop materials for communicating the results to the relevant stakeholders.

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 Dr. Agustin del Prado (project coordinator at BC3) and in close collaboration with Dr. Guillermo Pardo, 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 in biotechnology applied to climate change in livestock.
  • Experience in the desktop analysis of GHG mitigation measures at the animal level.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the field related to the project.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, demonstrable.
  • Demonstrable expertise in data meta-analysis and in the use of spreadsheets and word processors.
  • Good oral and written communication skills and interpersonal and analytical skills.

Desirable experience / skills:

  • Experience on analysis of additives use to reduce CH4 emissions from ruminants
  • International experience

 Benefits and work environment:

  • The selected person will join the Terrestrial Ecosystems research line at BC3.
  • 35 hours a week
  • 30 days of vacation per year for a full working year.
  • Possibility of participating in internal training, learning or corporate social responsibility activities of the centre
  • Excellent working environment


Envisaged Contract start date

November 2020


Annual gross salary is 24,000 EUR.



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

As a HR Excellence awarded institution, BC3 is committed to conciliate research-academic requirements and family duties. BC3 is particularly concerned with creating equality opportunities for people. Women with relevant qualifications are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

Application procedure:

Those interested should only include in their request:

– Letter of motivation of a page, and,

– Curriculum Vitae (free extension).

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


27 October 2020 (CET 17:00).


Any questions related to the nature of this position can be addressed to Agustin del Prado

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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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