Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Analytical Chemistry.

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    01/07/2020 16:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Alberto Zafra Gómez, from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

Currently, the research lines in which our research group (FQM-338) is involved are varied. The main line of work focuses on the study of the environmental behavior of numerous chemical pollutants. The objective of this research is to detect the presence of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, surfactants and chemical endocrine disruptors (EDCs) in different matrices of environmental interest (soils, wastewater, sewage sludge, compost from WWTPs and aquatic sediments). The aim is to study their behavior and evolution in each of these environmental compartments and their possible transfer to the food chain. The second line in importance focuses on the study of the presence of EDCs in living organisms, and their possible bioaccumulation in tissues and human biological fluids (placenta, urine, serum and human milk). A third line, established in collaboration with the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Barcelona, focuses on the study of the presence of antibiotics in foods of animal origin. In order to develop the research above mentioned, the members of the group are specialists in the use of analytical techniques, such as liquid and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry, in the development of numerous sample treatment techniques (LLE, LLME, SPME, SPE, USE, PLE, SBSE, SM-SLLME, dSPE, QuEChERs) and in the validation of the analytical methods optimized.

Project description

The project focuses on the study of the behaviour and fate of chemical compounds, that due to human activity, end their useful cycle in the environment, where begins its polluting activity. The ultimate goal is to control the presence of these chemical compounds promoting their bioremediation in the contaminated media.

Wastewater is one of the main routes for potentially harmful contaminants to re-enter the environment. It is well-known that the treatment of wastewater and the resulting sludge are not able to completely remove thousands of compounds, which results in the presence of contaminants in many environmental compartments and the biota present in these media.

The main routes of exposure to these pollutants are the wastewater submarine emisaries and wastewater used for irrigation or discharged directly into rivers from where they reach water reservoirs, seas or oceans, and ultimately –through adsorption or precipitation—marine and fluvial sediments. The presence of these contaminants in the sludge produced in wastewater treatment plants is of importance also since it is often used for soil amendment.

Our objective is to determine the transformations of these pollutants since they are incorporated to wastewater, their ultimate fate and the incorporation into the trophic chain through the lower levels of the food chain (small animals and plants exposed to contaminants). We also aim to understand the different mechanisms (adsorption/desorption, precipitation, microbial transformation, mobility, etc) that facilitate or hinder the bioavailability in the studied environment and determine the concentrations present in living organisms exposed to these compounds. As a first step and in order to know the content of the various pollutants in selected media, new analytical methodology will be validated in these complex matrices.

Research Area

Chemistry (CHE) and Environment and Geosciences (ENV)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Alberto Zafra Gómez (azafra@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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