Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Applied Physics.

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    01/07/2020 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Alberto Martín-Molina, from the Department of Applied Physics and Institute Carlos I for Theoretical and Computational Physics 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

The Biocolloid and Fluid Physics group is an internationally recognized group belonging to the Department of Applied Physics of the University of Granada (UGR). The host group houses physicists, chemists, biochemists as well as external collaborators and visiting scientists. It has a broad experience in mentoring; in all, the team has supervised more than 50 PhD theses and has also hosted and organised 4 international conferences.

The group a has an outstanding research experience endorsed by more than 400 articles published in international peer-reviewed journals, 5 patents, more than 100 research projects and 30 contracts with the industry.

The group is involved in fundamental research having a very solid expertise in colloidal experimental characterisation, theoretical modelling and computer simulation. It has a wide range of state of the art techniques available that will be used for the execution of this project, some of these have been pioneered by experienced researchers at the group and the combination is unique within the field of colloids and interfaces. The equipment available included specialized techniques in the following areas: Physical-chemistry, colloidal characterisation, interfaces, AFM and rheology. Finally, the group has full access to other analysis and imaging techniques at the Center of Scientific Instrumentation (http://cic.ugr.es) UGR such as HR-TEM, Field-Emission SEM, FTIR, Mass Spectrometry, NMR, HPLC, GC and Proteomics.

Project description

Understanding the equilibrium and the non-equilibrium structure, dynamics and local distributions of the different components of a colloidal suspension in terms of the inter-particle interactions is a challenge of great importance in Soft Matter or Colloidal Physics. In this project, we focus on colloidal systems formed by an aqueous suspension of neutral and charged microgels. The ability of microgels of swelling/shrinking in response to many external stimuli makes this kind of soft nanoparticles a very versatile system with multiple biotechnological and industrial applications. We aim to investigate the stability and structure of microgel dispersions (in bulk and adsorbed at fluid-fluid interfaces), the permeation of different kind of solutes (small proteins, reactants, ions, drugs and genetic material) into the microgel, and relate all these properties to the effective pair microgel-microgel and microgel-solute interactions. In particular, we will explore the role of the electrostatic, excluded-volume, water-mediated hydrophobic/hydrophilic, dispersive and elastic interactions. The experimental study will be complemented with theoretical modelling and coarse-grain simulations. In general, we will pay special attention to: a) structural and geometrical parameters, such as the nano-object size, the length of the polymer chains of the nanogel, the degree of crosslinking and branching; b) electrostatic parameters, such as the electric charge or the spatial distribution of charged groups in the polymer network; c) parameters related with the solvent and the ions inside, such as the dielectric constant, the salt concentration and so on.

Research Area

Chemistry (CHE), Life Sciences (LIFE) y Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Alberto Martín-Molina (almartin@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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