KONTRAE – Research Assistant


The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time Research Assistant (RA) position for a period of approximately 10 months, and with an initial evaluation period of 2 months.


KONTRAE (KONTRa Antibiotikoekiko Erresistentzia) is a project funded by the Basque Government under ELKARTEK programme with the participation of eight entities (including BC3), in the Basque Country. The main objective of the project relates to the study the links between human health, livestock, food and the environment, in relation to antibiotic resistance. To this end, BC3, will contribute, among others, to establish the dimension of the problem in the Basque Country from a “One Health” approach and study stakeholder perceptions of the antibiotic resistance problem in a climate change context with an expecting increase of animal diseases (as COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2) and the impact of policies related to the reduction of antimicrobials in farmed animals and health care.

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) of “One Health” approach

– Study of the competences and regulatory framework of antimicrobials use for livestock systems in the Basque Country.

– Prepare materials and support for the organization of surveys, focus groups and interviews for the perception analysis.

– 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 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 Dr. Inmaculada Batalla and Dr. Aline Chiabai, 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, as well as in health impacts of climate change.
  • Experience in the design of surveys and other methodological tools for social perception analysis.
  • Master’s degree in the field related to the project or applied research projects.
  • Fluency in Spanish 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.

Benefits and work environment:

  • 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. (Due to current COVID19 situation, teleworking full time)
  • Possibility of participating in internal training, learning or corporate social responsibility activities of the centre
  • Excellent working environment
  • Quiet and spacious work spaces.

Term of contract

The position will be for a period of 10 months, renewable, based on excellence in performance and with an initial evaluation period of 2 months.

Contract expected start date: March 1st, 2021.


Annual gross salary is 20,000 EUR.


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




15th February (CET 17:00).

Any questions related to the nature of this position can be addressed to Inmaculada Batalla (inmaculada.batalla@bc3research.org) or Aline Chiabai  (aline.chiabai@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 third week of February approx.. The evaluation committee reserves the right to request candidates any additional information that supports the information contained in the application.

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Financiado por el Ministerio de Ciencia Innovación y Universidades y la Agencia Estatal de Investigación,
a través de la Convocatoria: Maria de Maeztu 2017 (BOE 21/10/2017) siendo la referencia de nuestro expediente: MDM-2017-0714

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