PhD position on ecosystem recovery at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3),
The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country offers one full-time PhD research fellowship.
The PhD position is part of a research project studying the long-term recovery of ecosystems degraded by anthropogenic disturbances. An important part of the work includes field work in adverse conditions both in Spain and abroad.
The successful candidates should hold a Master’s degree in ecology, environmental sciences, or a related discipline and ideally have previous training in areas related to conservation biology, restoration ecology, ecological networks, or community ecology. Candidates must fulfil the requirements to apply for Spanish national PhD scholarships (e.g. Formation de Personal Universitario, info at http://www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2015-12849), and thus outstanding grades are essential. Candidates must have solid quantitative skills, including basic knowledge of statistical methods (preferably in R), and good writing skills. Fluency in English is required and a working level of Spanish is desirable. Above all, a strong motivation is essential, but also interest in environmental issues and interdisciplinary collaboration, and ability to work independently are highly desirable.
In case of non-Spanish students, the candidate must provide a letter from the University that certifies that he/she has the required qualification to access a PhD Program at his/her Country.
The candidate will be located at the Basque Centre for Climate Change, Bilbao, and at the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain. The successful candidate is expected to spend important periods of time conducting fieldwork in other regions of Spain, particularly in Navarre, and abroad.
The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr. David Moreno Mateos (BC3) and Prof. Miren Onaindia (University of the Basque Country). The successful candidate will be registered as PhD student at the University of the Basque Country.
We are offering an excellent research environment and close cooperation with a dynamic team and a network of international and highly multidisciplinary collaborators. The position is for a period up to three years (June 2016 – June 2019) and will be renewed every year upon satisfactory performance in conducting the required research. The position requires writing a dissertation thesis. Salary and working hours are in accordance with the salary scales of the Basque Centre for Climate Change. The project will also cover field trips.
As a certified family-friendly institutions, both BC3 and the University of the Basque Country are committed to conciliate academic requirements and family duties. BC3 and University of the Basque Country are particularly concerned with creating equality opportunities for women and men. Women with relevant qualifications are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.
If you are interested, we invite you to apply before April 15, 2016. We aim to fill the position by June 1st, 2015 or earlier. Interviews will be held in English with shortlisted candidates.
Please send the following documents to
noting in the subject of the message “PhD position on ecosystem recovery”:
· Cover letter including a brief description of research interest and relevant experiences,
· 2-page CV
· Official academic titles that guarantees the eligibility to access a PhD program (in case of foreign students, a letter from the University that certifies that he/she has the required qualification to access a PhD Program at his/her Country is obligatory)
· Two letters of reference
· A pdf file with copies of your qualifications and transcripts.
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. David Moreno Mateos (