Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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    01/07/2020 11:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor María Jesús Esteban Parra, 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 Atmospheric Physics Group of the University of Granada (GFAT) is devoted to the characterization of climatic variability in the Iberian Peninsula at seasonal, inter-annual and decadal scales, including the study of its primary sources. Particularly, the variability of Iberian river flows are studied, separating the low- and high-frequency components and exploring the viability of the seasonal and annual forecasting of the streamflows. The role of the Atlantic Ocean’s seasonal SST, the NAO and the ENSO in streamflow forecasting have been analysed.

Currently, we are carrying out climate change simulations for Iberian river flows by applying both statistical and dynamical downscaling techniques. These downscaling are used to obtain streamflow projections based on downscaled GCM outputs under different climate change scenarios for the 21st century and hydrological models as the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model. Additionally we are interested in the analysis of other components of the hydrological cycle, as the soil moisture and evapotranspiration.

The research activity of the group has been founded by 15 projects (regional, national and international). The formation capacity of the group is endorsed by the 9 Ph. D. theses and 40 Master theses that have been supervised by members of the group.

Project description

The candidate will be involved in the PREPARATE project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The research line will be devoted to obtain decadal climate predictions of various hydrological variables, such as streamflow, evapotranspiration and soil moisture at regional scale. These predictions will be performed by means of dynamic downscaling applied to the decadal predictions of the general circulation models (GCMs) using as a regional model the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. We will intend to evaluate the projected changes in the hydrological variables through the direct study of the outputs of the WRF model for these variables. The projections will be obtained for several basins, with a spatial resolution of 10 km, for different time horizons. It will be analysed how the couplings between the atmosphere and the soil can influence the hydrological variables and improve their predictability. So, we are interested in exploring the impacts of soil conditions in droughts and other extreme events (i.e., heat waves) predictions. The consideration of these couplings will be taken into account from the hydrological modelling of the basins using the hydrological Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model.

Research Area

Environmental Sciences and Chemistry (ENV-CHE) and Physics and Mathematics (PHY-MAT).

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor María Jesús Esteban Parra (esteban@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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