Postdoctoral position to study the effects on GHG emissions of circular practices within and between farming systems


The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), is looking for a post-doctoral researcher interested in (1) identifying on-farm and between-farm practices that increase circularity across different crop and livestock systems, (2) assessing the effects of circular practices on GHG emissions and other sustainability aspects, and (3) identifying barriers and opportunities for adopting promising circular practices, including leverage points for out-scaling. The position will be based at the Research Line of Terrestrial Ecosystems, in the Research group of Agriculture and Livestock systems, and is available for 36 months starting in March 2022.

The candidate will develop her/his work within the framework of the CircAgric-GHG (Strategies for Circular Agriculture to reduce GHG emissions within and between farming systems across an agro-ecological gradient) project evaluated by on “Circularity in mixed crops and livestock farming systems with emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation” and funded by the 2nd 2021 call “Programación conjunta internacional 2021” MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033 y por la Unión Europea NextGenerationEU/PRTR (ref. num: PCI2021-122048-2A).

The researcher will be in charge of the coordination of different tasks: 1. To select representative farms across the project agro-ecological gradient, and gather individual and regional data in a standard form to build a single database (WP1); 2.  To support the elaboration of an inventory with most promising circular practices (WP2); 3. To lead the evaluation of the effects of circular practices on GHG emissions and wider farm sustainability aspects (WP3); and 4. To support the modelling and identification of scaling, inter-system linkage and downstream effects associated with out-scaling circular farming practices (WP5).

The position will be supervised by Dr. Agustin del Prado. The successful candidate will be based at BC3 but will be working in a highly multidisciplinary research environment in close collaboration with other institutions from the CircAgric-GHG coordinated project: Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (Norway), Bangor University (United Kingdom), Karslruhe Institute of technology (Germany) or The International Livestock Research Institute – ILRI (Kenya), among others.

Experience/skills required: Given the multidisciplinary nature of the research we are seeking for a resilient individual with a Master’s degree in environmental engineering, agricultural or environmental sciences and a PhD degree in agroecosystems modelling or any related topic.  The candidate must demonstrate 5 years of expertise in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) in agri-food products. Documented experience in modelling of farming systems is expected, and specific experience in climate change mitigation in ruminants, and valorization technologies for agri-food by-products (e.g. biogas, composting) is desirable.   Hence, the candidate will have to demonstrate excellent skills in assessing GHG emissions and other environmental impacts from ruminant production systems by applying life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and modelling approaches of carbon and nutrient flows across interlinked processes in the agri-food system. Mastery of specific LCA software is highly valued (i.e. Simapro), as well as programming skills. The candidate will also have to demonstrate ability for independent scientific work proven by a good publication record.  A demonstrated ability to communicate in English is also required. Success in the position also requires good communication skills, as well as ability to work as a part of multidisciplinary and transnational research group.

Term of contract

The position will be for a period of 36 months


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


Basque Centre for Climate Change, Leioa, 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:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of motivation with a short description (½ page)
  3. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.


31th January 2022 (CET 17:00).

Informal enquiries can be made to Agustín del Prado ( noting in the subject of the message “POSTDOC-CircAgric-GHG”



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