Postdoc Researcher – MicroFAME project

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time postdoctoral researcher position to support the research activities of the Research Line 1 (RL1) “Climate Basis” and its low-temperature laboratory, the IzotzaLab, in the context of the national project MicroFAME, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

About the project:

“MicroFAME: Exploring the Microstructural Fading Memory of Firn to Improve Our Understanding of Glacier Dynamics” is a three-year research project that started in 01 Sep 2023. It is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and is led by Prof. Sérgio Henrique Faria (PI), who is coordinator of the Research Line 1 (RL1) “Climate Basis” and director of the IzotzaLab, the Basque Laboratory for Low-Temperature Science.

The prime objective of MicroFAME is to explore the potential of the hypothesis of Microstructural Fading Memory (MFM) to advance our fundamental scientific knowledge of ice and firn, in order to create a new paradigm of ice creep viscosity for the modelling of glacier and ice-sheet dynamics.

Job description:

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time postdoctoral researcher position within the framework of the MicroFAME project for a total duration of 33 months. The postdoctoral researcher will lead the experimental work of MicroFAME at the IzotzaLab, under direct supervision of the PI, Prof. Faria, and will provide support to the theoretical work and modelling developed by the MicroFAME team.  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:

  • Carry out and manage, under the supervision of the PI and with the support of the laboratory technician, most of the MicroFAME experimental work in the IzotzaLab (cold laboratory) and in collaborating laboratories.
  • Be in charge of planning, carrying out and managing, under the supervision of the PI, all the field work of the MicroFAME project.
  • Write articles and disseminate results.
  • Support the organization of project meetings and events related to the project.
  • Help training and mentoring other team members, when necessary.

Main requirements/skills:

  • Degree in Geology or Geophysics (required).
  • PhD in glaciology or related field (required).
  • Training in ice-core studies (required).
  • Training in snow science (required).
  • Training in stratigraphy and crystallography (required).
  • At least 3 years of experience in cold laboratory work and ice microscopy, including ice sample preparation with microtome (required).
  • Experience in glaciological field work of snow/firn studies (required).
  • C2 level in Spanish or higher
  • Fluency in English: will be assessed during the interview (required).

It will be especially valued:

  • Advanced experience with the LASX software.
  • Experience with the ImageJ software.
  • Experience with the Lagrangian particle dispersion model HYSPLIT.
  • Experience collaborating with international teams.
  • Availability and willingness to travel internationally under short notice.
  • Experience writing and publishing scientific articles in indexed journals.
  • Experience organizing international events and conferences.

It will be desired:

  • Experience in glaciological field work on high mountains.
  • Experience in environmental chemistry.
  • Experience operating the Leica™ DM6M microscope.
  • Benefits and work environment:
    • Interdisciplinary and inspiring work environment.
    • Possibility of participating in internal training and academic activities of the Centre.
    • 35-hour week work calendar.
    • 30 days of vacation per year.

Term of contract

Total duration of 33 months, with starting date the 1st December 2023.



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. Cover letter.
  2. Complete Curriculum Vitae.


November 15th 2023.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. S.H. Faria ( noting in the subject of the message “Postdoctoral Researcher – MicroFAME project”.

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

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