Three Field Technical Assistants – GORBEEA

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is looking for a  motivated Technical  Assistant to support the research activities of Research Line (RL) 3 on Terrestrial Ecosystems, and specifically work on the national project GORBEEA.

Job description:

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), offers full-time technical assistant 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).

We are looking for three field technicians. They will work collecting and analyzing data on plant and pollinator interactions from Gorbea Natural Park to investigate the role of biodiversity in maintaining ecosystem functioning and stability. Several ecosystem functions related with plant biomass production, pollinator biomass, and plant reproductive success, together with various stability properties will be calculated.

Key responsibilities:

  • Sampling species (plants, insects) and ecosystem functions
  • Laboratory work: sorting and process samples, ID, etc
  • Support the work of other team members, freeing them up to analyze results, write papers and disseminate results at international conferences
  • Support the organization of project meetings and conferences across the project

Main requirements/skills:

  • Degree in Biology or Environmental Sciences, or similar.
  • Previous experience in sampling biological communities, and knowledge of plant-insect communities is desirable but not indispensable
  • The applicant must have good interpersonal and communication skills, as well as excellent written and oral command of English is required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively. Sampling will involve a group of
  • Driver’s license and previous experience driving a four-wheel drive vehicle
  • Previous experience with liquid nitrogen and dry ice
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence
  • A good physical condition, in order to carry out field

Desirable requirements:

  •  Good command of Spanish and Basque because the fieldwork will be carried out in a rural area of the Basque

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 on 15th March 2024, the positions will be until the 31st of July, with a one-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. 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. CV
  3. The names and email addresses of two referees if possible.


 23rd of February 2024; candidate interviews will start as applications are received.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Ainhoa Magrach ( noting in the subject of the message “Technician job offer”.

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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