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

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EU Research Framework Programme
H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


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Professor Raúl A. Rica, 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:

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 ( 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 ( 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 Nanoparticle Trapping Lab (NanoTLab) of the University of Granada has initiated its activity in 2020. We use particle traps to manipulate single nanoparticles in different media, including liquid suspension (optical tweezers), air and vacuum (Paul traps and optical tweezers). On the one hand, we have a commercial JPK-Bruker optical tweezers setup (NanoTracker II) coupled with a Raman spectroscopy setup allowing us to take the Raman signal from trapped objects. On the other hand, we are building a levitation setup to manipulate nanoparticles and study their optical properties. We collaborate with a large experimental group with more than 30 years of experience in colloidal science, and also with theoreticians mostly devoted to statistical physics.

Project description

We aim at experimentally exploring different phenomenology, including, but not limited to:

  • Stochastic Thermodynamics
  • Levitodynamics
  • Plasmonics with trapped particles
  • Aerosol physics
  • Electrokinetics
  • Biophysics

The group has 2 funded projects, so the successful candidate will work in good conditions. Interactions with other experimentalists and theoreticians will be favored. In particular, we have support on modeling thanks to experts in COMSOL Multiphysics and theoreticians with strong background on statistical physics, including theory and simulation.

We are looking for a motivated experimentalist with experience or interest in any of the topics above, in order to consolidate the activity of the group and enlarge its scope.

Research Area

Chemistry (CHE) and Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Raúl A. Rica (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)