Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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    01/07/2020 16:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Modesto T López-López, from the Department of Applied 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 research group is specialized in the synthesis and physical characterization of magnetic particles, as well as in the preparation, characterization and modeling of complex magnetic soft matter: magnetic fluids, ferrogels and ferroelastomers. Application of these materials in the biomedical field is currently in the focus of the research group. Emphasis is particularly given to the control of the microstructure and mechanical properties of materials. The group has access to all the required techniques and equipment to synthesize and characterize the proposed materials: fume hood, heating blankets, mechanical mixers and magnetic stirrers, ultrasound baths and probes, centrifuges, ovens, fridges and laboratory glassware for the synthesis of materials; Zetasizer nano Z and Mastersizer 2000 for measurements of the hydrodynamic diameter of particles; optical microscopes with magnifications up to 50x and connected to CCD cameras, for analysis of mesoscopic structure and appearance of hydrogels; a Dinko Instruments spectrophotometer; a complete set of magnets and electromagnets; controlled-stress (magneto)rheometers MCR-300 Physica-Anton Paar, Bohlin CS10 and Haake MARS III for the characterization of the mechanical properties of materials; and finally, HREM, microcomputed tomography, TEM, SEM, cryo-SEM, as well as AFM, X-ray spectroscopy, Energy Dispersion Scattering, TGA, FT-IR, SQUID magnetometry and CD spectroscopy at the center of scientific instrumentation of the university.

Project description

Research at my group integrates applied physics with materials science, biology and biomedicine. We focus currently on the design of novel smart magnetic materials for regenerative medicine. This objective is tackled by following a bottom-up strategy, in order to create magnetic hydrogels by assembly of building blocks constituted by magnetic particles and short-peptides and/or biopolymers. Magnetic particles allow actuation at the microscopic level over the building process by noncontact magnetic forces. As a result, we achieve control on the microstructural arrangement of the resulting hydrogel networks, as well as on their macroscopic biomechanical properties. These characteristics have proven to be determinant for the successful attachment and differentiation of cells when hydrogels are used as scaffolds for the engineering of artificial tissues. Furthermore, an adequate mechanical performance of biomaterials is usually associated to precise microstructural arrangements of the building blocks, something that can be achieved during the preparation of magnetic hydrogels by means of magnetic actuation. This research project is carried out within the framework of a multidisciplinary team that integrates not only physicists, but also chemists, engineers and medical doctors.

Research Area

Life Sciences (LIFE) and Physics (PHY).

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Modesto T López-López (modesto@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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