Postdoc Researcher – Molecular Ecology

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is looking for a motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to support the research activities of Research Line (RL) 3 on Terrestrial Ecosystems, and specifically work on the national project GORBEEA, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Job description:

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), offers a full-time postdoctoral researcher position to support the research activities in the context of the European Research Council (ERC) project GorBEEa (ID 101086771), led by Dr. Ainhoa Magrach. This is a 5-year research project funded by the ERC that will be developed at the ‘Global change impacts on ecosystem function’ lab, and within the framework of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Line (RL3).

The postdoctoral researcher will lead, together with the PI, the analysis of the gut microbiome composition and functional diversity of the wild pollinator species Bombus pascuorum and how this composition changes through a time depending on the diversity of floral resources consumed by individuals of this species, as well as how it is impacted by the introduction of managed honeybee hives.

Generally, the researcher will support the PI and the rest of the team to achieve the scientific objectives of the project, publish and disseminate project findings.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop experimental design and analyses to study microbiomes and metagenomes to characterize bacterial and fungal communities in wild pollinator guts.
  • Develop expertise in pollinator microbial communities and contribute new knowledge and ideas to this area of research.
  • Develop and apply bioinformatics tools and approaches to identify communities, relevant taxa and associations.
  • Analyze and visualize data.
  • Contribute to written and oral communication, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, blog posts, outreach through social media, and the public.
  • Archive data and maintains databases and contribute to budget management.
  • Support the organization of project meetings and conferences across the project.
  • Participate in student mentoring.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Main requirements/skills:

  • Strong analytical skills, good knowledge of statistics, and programming experience.
  • Degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or similar
  • Proficiency in laboratory practice, experimental design, laboratory safety procedures.
  • Proficiency in bioinformatics.
  • A high level of computer literacy.
  • Ability to read and interpret safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability and interest in communicating with diverse groups.
  • Excellent written and oral command of English.
  • Academic excellence in Molecular Ecology, evidenced by previous works including PhD or postdoctoral research.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to write reports, correspondence, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Ability and interest in contributing to outreach activities.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment built on trust and transparency that values different perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Driver’s license and previous experience driving a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Previous experience with liquid nitrogen and dry ice manipulation.
  • Previous laboratory experience in DNA extraction and handling.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence.

IMPORTANT: Applications including links to previous works/projects/initiatives that show how the applicant meets these requirements will be given priority.

Benefits and work environment:

  • Interdisciplinary and inspiring work environment
  • Quiet and spacious workspaces
  • Possibility of participating in internal training and academic activities of the center
  • 35-hour week work calendar
  • 30 days of vacation per year

Term of contract

Starting in 2024, the position will be initially for 3 years, with a 3-months’ probation period based on performance. Guaranteed opportunities upon successful performance after the 3 years can be offered (up to 2 years, meaning a total of 5 years), including a salary review.



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 application / motivation. Applications including links to previous works/projects/initiatives that show how the applicant meets these requirements will be given priority.
  2. A CV
  3. The names and email addresses of two referees.


The deadline for applications is November 30th 2023; candidate interviews will start as applications are received.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Ainhoa Magrach ( noting in the subject of the message “Postdoc in Community Ecology job offer”. Please consider that only applications sent through the form included at the bottom of the BC3 web page will be considered (

GA 101086771, funded by HORIZON-ERC-2022-COG

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