Postdoctoral Researcher – Forest management and modelling



The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is looking for a motivated forest Postdoctoral researcher to work on the project RESH2O.

Forest expert

A research position in forest management and modelling, including aspects of ecosystem services, forest and their role in mitigation and adaptation to climate change, including ecological, socioeconomic and environmental aspects, using a combination of methodologies. The main objective will be the restoration of ecosystem services and water cycle while addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation in Mediterranean watersheds. The selected candidate will collaborate with the ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) BC3 community to integrate forest restoration and management models into the semantic web infrastructure that uses artificial intelligence to build computational solutions to environmental, policy and sustainability problems. The ultimate aim will be provide/inform decisions on forest restoration focusing on achieving water and carbon co-benefits, as well as others as deemed appropriated, through a co-production process with the local and regional actors in watersheds.

Key responsibilities:

 Collect all literature relevant to the topic (water, forest, climate feedbacks) and synthetize the knowledge;

  1. Collect and analyze the data related to forest land use dynamics and drivers of change in the Mijares Valley;
  2. Adapt and/or develop forest algorithms and models to be integrated in ARIES, with the aim of integrate them within a holistic, integrated trade-off assessment framework for decision- and policy-making;
  3. Participate as part of the BC3 team in the participatory process/sectorial dialogues in the Mijares Valley, in particular in the aspects related to forest restoration and management.

 Main requirements:

  1. The applicant must have a PhD in forestry, ecology or other relevant fields to forest sciences.
  2. A good background in computational modelling is required, along with programming skills.
  3. The applicant must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent written and oral command of English is required. An ability to work in teams.
  4. Applications including previous experience in the analysis and specific forestry country programs and its relations/linkages with other sectors of the economy will be given priority.


The position will be for a period of 20 months.


Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, Spain. UPV/EHU Campus in Leioa. BC3 is an internationally recognized research center on climate change, with a multidisciplinary team of high-profile researchers, aims to foster the creation of knowledge with a multidisciplinary scientific approach in order to support better decisions for a more sustainable society.

As a HR Excellence awarded institution, BC3 is committed to conciliate research-academic requirements and family duties. BC3 is particularly concerned with creating equality opportunities for people. Women with relevant qualifications are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

Application procedure:

Those interested should include in their request:

– Curriculum Vitae (preferably in English).



30 October 2020 (CET 17:00).

Informal enquiries can be made to noting in the subject of the message “RESH2O Forest”. All information received during this process will be handled confidentially.

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María de Maeztu Excellence Unit 2023-2027 Ref. CEX2021-001201-M, funded by MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033

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