Why to work at BCAM
BCAM is a highly recognised center that coordinates national and European projects and collaborates with other international centres. At BCAM you have the opportunity to join an international team, a great environment to improve professional career and personal growth.
The 5 research areas divided in 15 different research lines offers the chance to find a team to work with in a research that fits your interests. Never mind at what stage of your career you are, you can join BCAM as Intern, PhD Student or Postdoctoral Fellow. You will also be eligible for highly competitive international fellowships.
The staff team works hard to take care of every detail in order to facilitate the work of the researchers, as well as to help with any administrative tasks.
Researchers are the main assets of a knowledge-intensive centre and BCAM offers them the chance to contribute to knowledge development and make an impact, and to do so BCAM provides the following benefits:
- Flexibility: BCAM has established several flexibility measures related to working hours and vacation time. The objective is to maximize the compatibility of personal and professional life situations.
- Youthful atmosphere: BCAM's staff consists of young and solid top scientists, with the ambition to go beyond their research and help to construct a win-win Environment.
- Multi-cultural centre: Researcher from about 25 nationalities work at BCAM.
- International mobility: The development of BCAM's activity entails the temporary relocation of staff. For this reason, BCAM has a series of processes that facilitate the advance and reimbursement of expenses and assistance abroad.
- Relocation service: Bizkaia Talent is a non-profit association that support BCAM researchers and their families. Their Relocation Service, (EURAXESS Service Centre), was set in motion to advise and/or inform, free of charge, about administrative issues and how to adapt to living in the area of Bilbao (accommodation, education, health, leisure and so on).
- Special regime for relocated workers: people who have not lived in Spain in the last 5 years can deduct up to 35% in the income tax for 6 years after they come here.
- Training: BCAM offers all its staff training opportunities appropriate to each function and level of responsibility, to promote professional and personal aptitudes, and help their career growth.
- Technology: BCAM offers to all the staff several advantages for the acquisition and the particular use of computer technologies.
Bilbao is the capital of Bizkaia (Basque Country). In the last decades it has changed from an industrialised place to a more metropolitan village with the improvement of its areas which you can find some of them below:
- Guggenheim area: with one of the most remarkable attractive of Bilbao, Museum Guggenheim, that it also has the Museum of Fine Arts.
- San Mamés area: Athletic Club’s stadium next to Bus Station, in the middle of urban and commercial area.
- Casco Viejo area: oldest neighborhood and original nucleus of Bilbao.
- Gran vía area: commercial streets of Bilbao.
Bilbao has a humid oceanic climate, with predominantly West winds, that make temperatures milder and favour temperate weather throughout the year. Given its proximity to the sea, the climate is mild and without extreme temperature changes between the seasons: with an average temperature 8ºC in winter and 20ºC in summer.
In the same way as in the rest of the Basque Country, Bilbao has two official languages: Spanish and Basque.
In Bilbao the official currency is the Euro. The majority of retail establishments accept credit cards.
As Bizkaia is not too big, it is very easy to move from Bilbao to the rest of the towns in the province. First there is Metro Bilbao, underground that connect the capital with one part of the coast. There is also connection in Bizkaibus (territorial bus network) with the rest of the territory. You can easily move from Bilbao to the sea or the mountain, depends on your preferences.
It is also easy to move around Basque Country by bus or train, you can visit Victoria-Gasteiz in less than an hour and Donosti in one hour, more or less).
The most characteristic of Basque gastronomy is Pintxos.
The Basque Country has its own unique food culture that revolves around the bar. Pintxos (bite-sized appetizers, similar to tapas) can be found in nearly every bar. Often the bar counter will be filled with plates of all different varieties. They range from being rather traditional to very experimental in nature. It is typical to find the locals out enjoying a drink as Txakoli, Rioja Wine or a zurito (small beer) while sampling different pintxos and then going on to the next bar to do the same thing all over. This is sometimes done before a meal as a kind of aperitif or it can take the place of a normal meal.
- Guggenheim Museum
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Casco Viejo (Old town)
- Funicular de Artxanda
- Arriaga Theater
- Azkuna Zentroa
- Bridges of Bilbao