Postdoctoral Researcher – Geospatial Science

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time postdoctoral position on the NBSOIL (Nature Based Solutions for Soil Management) Horizon project – HORIZON-MISS-2021-SOIL-02-08 – dedicated to soil health assessment and management using the ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Environment & Sustainability) platform.

The ARIES platform supports all activities of BC3 Research Line (RL) 5 on Integrated Modelling of Coupled Human-Natural Systems. The RL generates multidisciplinary scientific knowledge from human-nature interdependence to address complex sustainability problems through artificial intelligence (AI).

The goal of the RL is to provide environmental data, models and understanding by retrieving, evaluating and integrating the existing information in order to support an effective policy-making where nature counts. Besides Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity, the RL also tackles Natural Capital Accounting, Conservation Finance, Food Security, Marine Spatial Planning, and Renewable Energy. All these products are used to inform sustainability decisions, e.g. SDGs.

Job description:

We are looking for a Geospatial Scientist who can support the research projects and the development of ARIES technical tasks. The (, is a semantic web infrastructure that uses AI to build computational solutions to environmental, policy and sustainability problems.

The researcher will be participating in various activities throughout the project, such as:

  • Technical support in the development of the ARIES platform and in relation to ongoing research projects that use it, especially the NBSOIL project ( and its open library of soil health variables and modelling components.
  • Internal coordination of the data resources used by the ARIES teamwork within BC3.
  • Coordinating with external project partners and stakeholders.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support model development and data integration within ARIES platform.
  • Support the data management and coordination of the NBSOIL project and further related projects.
  • Technical support in relation to ongoing ARIES research activities, and in particular those related to NBSOIL.
  • International travelling and participation to NBSOIL related meetings when required.

Main requirements/skills:

  • PhD or Master degree related to Geomatics.
  • Previous experience in R&D projects.
  • Previous exposure to Open Source Software related projects.
  • Experience in geospatial data processing and management.
  • A working knowledge of geomatics and in particular open source GIS and standards/protocols to expose geospatial assets (JSON at minimum).
  • Experience with database management systems such as PostgreSQL.
  • Experience in programming languages (any language and in particular Python and Java).
  • Ability to participate in teamwork and interact with a broad range of collaborators.
  • Ability to work independently, with a diverse, multi-location and multi-lingual team.
  • Experience in agile management and in particular issue and project tracking.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in environmental (or social or integrated) modelling. Experience with ARIES would be a plus.
  • Familiarity with Docker containers.
  • Exposure to Git and Maven technologies.
  • Experience in project coordination and management.
  • Excellent written and oral command of English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

 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 on the 1st of May 2024, the position will be granted until the end of the NBSOIL project (November 2026), with a six-month probation 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. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  2. Letter of motivation of a page
  3. Contact details of two referees


May 3, 2024 (CET 15:00).

Informal enquiries can be made to Stefano Balbi ( noting in the subject of the message “NBSOIL geospatial scientist”.

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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