PhD student – NDC ASPECTS project

Agricultural and Forestry Modelling in the context of Climate Transitions to Support the Global Stocktake and Subsequent NDCs

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) opens a competitive call for applications to one PhD contract to develop the doctoral thesis on issues related to land-use modelling within the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector. The applicant will develop the thesis in the context of the NDC ASPECTS project, a European Commission H2020 research project. NDC ASPECTS aims to provide cutting-edge analysis and robust scientific evidence to upgrade existing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) up to 2030, prepare new NDCs, and effectively implement these NDCs. In particular, the research in BC3 will aim to systematically identify transformation opportunities and challenges within the AFOLU sector. The research will be conducted at BC3 and in collaboration with other international research institutions.

Specifically, the applicant would:

  • Develop a doctoral thesis in parallel to the tasks associated to NDC ASPECTS project.
  • Work with other team members using an existing land-use and food system model.
  • Write deliverables for the European Commission.
  • Progressively, publish peer-reviewed research in international scientific journals.


The applicant should have a Graduate Degree in Agronomy, Forestry, Biology, Engineering, Economics, Mathematics, Physics or similar with at least 300 credits or a University Master or equivalent, a solid background in quantitative methods and programming.

Other relevant skills:

  • Experience or interest in agriculture and/or forestry modelling
  • Interest in the agricultural and forestry sector in the context of climate change mitigation
  • Good interpersonal as well communication skills (both written and oral) in English
  • Flexibility to collaborate in existing research projects

Term of contract

The position will be for a period of three years with a possibility for extending it for one more year upon a positive assessment of the performance.


The position will carry competitive salary, matching the academic and professional profile of the applicant, and excellent work conditions.


Basque Centre for Climate Change (Bilbao, Spain) and/or Department of Agricultural Economics, Statistics and Business Management at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Madrid, 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 include in their request:

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation letter
  • Cover letter


6 October,  2021 (CEST 17:00).


Informal enquiries can be made to Silvestre García de Jalón ( or to Dirk-Jan Van de Ven ( noting in the subject of the message “PhD: NDC-ASPECTS

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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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