The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a full-time postdoctoral
researcher position to support the research activities in the context of the
European Research Council (ERC) project IMAGINE Adaptation (ID:
101039429), led by Dr. Marta Olazabal. This is a 5-year research project
funded by the ERC that will be developed in the framework of the Adaptation
Lab (Research Line 4) and the cross-cutting Urban Theme at BC3.
The project ‘IMAGINE adaptation' addresses the imperative of how to evaluate
adaptation in urban areas as a contemporary complex phenomenon with
implications across governance scales. It argues that the current focus on
policy progress can be useful as a first step, but it is not indicative of
effective adaptation. In this project, we aim to explore broader
understandings of success in adaptation that transcend technocratic approaches
and consider equity, justice, and maladaptive issues.
To enable evaluation and learning from these diverse understandings of
adaptation, ‘IMAGINE adaptation' has four timely and ambitious objectives:
first, the reformulation of the concept of successful adaptation using expert
and local views. Second, the exploration of trends and needs regarding
monitoring and evaluation and how these may enable or hinder adaptation.
Third, the development of a comparative case study research across 12 urban
areas worldwide. Finally, the analysis of how evaluations of local progress
can inform global goals. The outputs of this project aim to be a reference for
future adaptation assessment studies and to pioneer the understanding of the
ways to enable far-reaching transformative urban adaptation through processes
of evaluation and learning.
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who can support the Principal
Investigator in the kicking off of the project and its scientific development
along its 5 years of project life.
Job description: The postdoctoral researcher will be participating in
various activities in the project related to research and science
communication. The researcher is expected to lead a large-scale experiment in
100 cities worldwide to elicit urban adaptation imaginaries through the
application of the Q methodology. They are also expected to lead case studies
during Years 3 to 5 of the project and help set up communities of practice for
the evaluation of adaptation. International travel will be expected to develop
fieldwork and a short-term scientific stay is also foreseen. Generally, the
researcher will support the PI and the rest of the team to achieve the
scientific objectives of the project, develop effective task management and
collaboratively work, publish and disseminate project findings. We seek highly
motivated candidates to:
work in an international ground-breaking project,
develop transdisciplinary work and find value in science through co-
use both theoretical and empirical qualitative and quantitative approaches
to respond to key project questions, and
turn findings into both scientific and policy outputs that can deliver
Develop the urban adaptation imaginaries study across 100 cities worldwide.
Develop three case studies in cities worldwide to evaluate adaptation interventions through comparative transdisciplinary co-creation research.
Collaborate in building communities of practice across the 12 city case studies.
Support the organisation of project meetings and conferences across the project.
Help train and mentor other team members.
The field of urban adaptation is purely interdisciplinary, there is no specific degree which is required for this job offer, but training in the field of climate change adaptation or/and urban governance, policy, and planning is required.
Academic excellence in urban climate governance research, evidenced by previous works including PhD or postdoctoral research.
Strong analytical skills, good knowledge of statistics, and experience using R (or capacity to learn it).
The applicant must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as excellent written and oral command of English is required. Good command of other languages (s) is highly desirable as it will be a basis for the selection of city case studies.
Ability to work collaboratively, experience in stakeholder participatory processes, and conducting transdisciplinary work.
IMPORTANT: Applications including links to previous
works/projects/initiatives that show how the applicant meets these
requirements will be given priority. See “Application procedure”.
Benefits and work environment
Interdisciplinary and inspiring work environment
Quiet and spacious workspaces
Possibility of participating in internal training, learning, or corporate
social responsibility activities of the center
35-hour week work calendar
30 days of vacation per year
Term of contract
Starting 1st of January 2023, the position will be initially for 3 years, with
a 3-months probation period based on the performance of the work. Guaranteed
opportunities for longer-term employment upon successful performance after the
3 years will be offered, including a salary review.
The position will carry a salary matching the academic and professional
profile of the applicant (BC3 postdoctoral positions' gross salaries are in
the range of 30,000 to 36,000 euros/year), and excellent work conditions.
Basque Centre for Climate Change, Leioa, Spain.
As an HR Excellence awarded institution, BC3 is committed to conciliate
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.
Fill the form below and upload one PDF document with the following
4-pages CV including contacts of TWO referees.
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A one-page bulleted list explaining how you meet the 5 requirements of this job offer (see above). You may include links to previous works/projects/initiatives.
25th September 2022 (CET 22:00).
Interviews will be held with potential interesting candidates that meet the
requirements of this job position as soon as we receive and assess their
Informal inquiries can be made to Marta Olazabal
(firstname.lastname@example.org) noting in the subject of the message
“IMAGINE Adaptation recruitment process – PD1 (second call)”
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