Research assistant – Switch project


The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), offers a full-time research assistant position within the Horizon research project SWITCH (Switching European food systems for a just, healthy and sustainable dietary transition through knowledge and innovation).

The overall of the project is to improve understanding of knowledge, accessibility and facilitation gaps that limit present large-scale adoption of sustainable and healthy diets among European citizens and to develop and demonstrate appropriate innovative solutions and tools to facilitate a just transition towards healthy and sustainable dietary behaviour at all levels considering the multifactor food system in EU. The research will be conducted at BC3 and in collaboration with other international research institutions.

One of the main factor to take into account are the economic determinants in the adoption of healthy and sustainable diets: affordability and accessibility specially in vulnerable groups.

The Research Assistant will contribute to the study of accessibility and affordability to healthy and sustainable products in vulnerable groups.

The selected person will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Inmaculada Batalla and Dr. Iñaki Arto, 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).

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

  • Use of microdata files for extraction of statistical data.
  • Write deliverables for the European Commission.
  • Progressively, publish peer-reviewed research in international scientific journals.


  • Master’s degree in the field related to the project

Other relevant skills:

  • Experience or interest in agrifood systems dynamics.
  • Experience on database management.
  • Experience or interest in food justice /food security.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) in English.
  • Flexibility to collaborate in existing research projects.
  • Desire to work in a diverse and multi-disciplinary research environment.

Term of contract

The envisaged starting date of the contract will be September 1st, 2023. The duration of the employment contract will be linked to the end of the project (31st of December, 2026), with a 3-month probationary period.




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 an HR Excellence awarded institution, BC3 is committed to conciliating research-academic requirements and family duties. BC3 is particularly concerned with creating equal opportunities for people independently of gender, culture, and race. Anyone with relevant qualifications is therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

Application procedure:

Fill the form below and upload one PDF document with the following information:

  1.  Letter of motivation (1-2 pages).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (free extension).


22 May, 2023 (CET 15:00).

Informal enquiries can be made to Inma Batalla ( and Iñaki Arto (iñ in the subject of the message “Research Assistant: SWITCH”.

Please consider that only applications sent through the form included at the bottom of the BC3 web page will be considered (,

Title: Switching European food systems for a just, healthy and sustainable dietary transition through knowledge and innovation
Acronym: SWITCH

Grant Number: 101060483
Type of Action: HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions

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