Research Assistant position for MENDindi project


The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time one-year position as research assistant in the project MENDindi: Understanding uncertainties and their role in the coproduction of indigenous knowledge about the “grafting of glaciers” for water security: the case of High-Mountain Asia. This is a joint project of the BC3 Research Lines 1 (Climate Basis) and 4 (Adaptation) involving BC3´s Collaboration Laboratory ColLab and the low-temperature laboratory IzotzaLab.

About the project:

MENDindi is a research project funded by the Education Department of the Basque Government, PIBA_2022_1_0043 and supported by ref. CEX2021-001201-M funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033; and by the Basque Government through the BERC 2022-2025 program. It aims at identifying the most important sources of uncertainty associated with the local practice of “glacier grafting” as an integral part of water management in the Karakoram and Western Himalayan ranges, considering that there are knowledge deficits and also many different and valid ways of knowing.

Job description:

We are looking for a research assistant in MENDindi: This is a knowledge coproduction pilot project that aims at identify main uncertainties associated with glacier grafting in the high mountains in Asia.

Key responsibilities:

We are looking for someone that can be in charge of data processing and management, including documenting, organizing, reviewing material from journals, interviews and diverse activities that will be carried on. We would like a dynamic person, who is willing to work at the intersection of glaciology and social sciences, and who likes to work in an interdisciplinary team.

Main requirements/skills:

– Degree in engineering, natural sciences or social sciences.

– Proven fluency in written and spoken English (min. certified level B2).


– Familiarity with science and scientific knowledge elicitation processes.

– Familiarity with glaciology and glacial environments.

– Interest in indigenous and traditional knowledge of high-mountain communities.

– Knowledge of data processing and management, including applications and methods.

– Experience with literature management, including applications and methods.

– Experience with photography and video recording and production.

– Experience with logistics planning (organization of events, meetings, group travels, etc.).

Term of contract

Immediate incorporation according to the availability of the suitable candidate. The position will be for a period of one year.




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. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Motivation letter including name and email address of ONE or maximum TWO referees.
  3. Documents certifying the required skills.
  4. Documents certifying the desired skills (if available).


10 March, 2023

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Marcela Brugnach( or to Prof Sergio Henrique Faria (, noting in the subject of the message ¨MENDindi Research Assistant¨

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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