Social scientist for climate services (R2)

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Social scientist for climate services (R2)

Closing Date

Friday, 16 April, 2021
Reference: 61_21_ES_ESS_R2
Job title: Social scientist for climate services (R2)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 700 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

The Earth System Services Group (ESS) at the Earth Sciences Department conducts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to enhance societal value of climate prediction services, atmospheric composition and weather forecasting. The group actively engages with society, decision-makers and businesses to exchange knowledge and develop user-oriented services. The aim of the ESS is to enhance knowledge and technology transfer and improve resilience, by accelerating adaptation to a rapidly changing environment.
The ESS group is looking for a social scientist from any nationality to design, evaluate and improve knowledge co-production processes. The candidate will be part of the knowledge transfer activities in different EU-funded projects. The candidate will closely collaborate with climate scientists, impact scientists and communication experts, as well as with potential and advanced users of climate information. The objective is to interact and build trust within the target stakeholder groups, understand climate information needs and expectations from climate services, and finally enable knowledge co-production processes. Applying social sciences methods, the successful candidate will propose knowledge co-production approaches for a more effective integration of users’ knowledge in climate services research, enhancing transdisciplinarity of the Earth Sciences Department.
The successful candidate is expected to learn about and participate in ongoing scientific activities of the ESS group and carry out stakeholder engagement activities at the international level. Experience in interdisciplinary and international teams, proven experience in organisation of stakeholder engagement activities and solid knowledge of participatory science are key for the position.
The successful candidate will be part of a diverse and international team of scientists, communication specialists and technical experts. The selected candidate will benefit from expert training and BSC-CNS staff benefits: international multidisciplinary scientific environment and advanced applied research training.

Key Duties

  • Perform participatory methods to achieve user engagement and support citizen science and decision-making processes
  • Carry out user-engagement tasks within EU funded projects (e.g. FOCUS Africa, EUCP)
  • Write reports and papers about stakeholder engagement, climate information impact on decision-making processes, knowledge co-production, transdisciplinary aspects of climate services research, and similar topics
  • Coordinate with other projects and initiatives to organize user-engagement activities at international conferences and other events and link with academic partners with social sciences background to carry out joint studies
  • Follow up on stakeholders’ feedback and needs raised in meetings and workshops and support knowledge transfer to and from stakeholders


  • Education
    • A PhD in Social sciences, human geography or similar filed with demonstrated knowledge of social sciences theory and methods
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • More than two years’ experience in knowledge co-production, stakeholder and policy-maker engagement
    • Previous work on the topic of climate change adaptation
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience in science-policy dialogue and citizen science will be highly valued
    • Professional experience with European institutions or International organisations will be valued
    • Previous experience with writing research project proposals is appreciated
  • Competences
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
    • Ability to work in a professional environment within an interdisciplinary and international team
    • Good public speaking skills


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 1 year with possibility of the contract renewal renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: As soon as the suitable candidate is selected

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.
This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.

Application Form

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