Part- time Field Technical Assistant – 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 a part-time technician 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).

The technician 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.
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
MsC in Biology or Environmental Sciences, or similar.
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