01/04/2020
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    01/07/2020 11:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Granada
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    International Research Projects Office
  • DEPARTMENT
    Promotion and Advisory Unit
  • LABORATORY
    NA

Professor Diego P. Ruiz, from the Department of Applied Physics and Department of Arquitectural Construction 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

Technologies for a Circular Economy (research group code TEP 968, web page https://tep968.ugr.es/)

Keywords: resilient city, sustainable construction, territorial planning, circular economy, water management, waste management, soundscapes, environmental technology, occupational risk prevention, noise pollution, environmental ergonomics.

The “Technologies for a Circular Economy” Research Group is experienced for more than 20 years in the research lines related with the concept of circular economy from the technological point of view and specifically focused in indoor and outdoor environmental factors related to occupational risk prevention, materials for sustainable construction and methodologies for territorial planning. The group is composed of 16 members coming from civil engineering, applied physics, construction engineering and electronic engineering areas. The Group enjoys an international position in terms of research contracts with public authorities and companies, coordination and participation in projects supported by national and international authorities (more than 40), publications in indexed journals (more than 200) and participation in international congresses (more than 470 presentations).

The candidate will join in a project under development and will have the guidance of the researchers of the group. The research of the project covers the latest trends in research and development (I+D) of the European Union, i.e. the Horizon 2020 area related to the "Safe, Efficient and Clean Energy" challenge on the specific subject of designing and developing efficient energy systems in the field of building - incorporating new technologies, materials and techniques - in order to reduce energy dependence and contribute to the fight against climate change. In the same way, within the same challenge, it contributes to the promotion of Intelligent, efficient and sustainable cities from the energy point of view and the impulse of the circular economy through the adoption of advanced building systems, among others. In this context, the main tasks of the candidate will be to help to develop a tool that allows the improvement of indoor environmental conditions in buildings implies the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out in Agenda 2030, in particular: SDG 3 Ensuring healthy living and promoting well-being for all at all ages; SDG 9 Developing resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and encouraging innovation; and SDG 11 Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Project description

The research line of the group is based on the project entitled A BIM-based framework for building sustainability by improving indoor enviromental quality” BIM4IEQ.

The construction sector has a great impact on the economic, environmental and social development as a whole. In addition, its impact is crucial especially on energy consumption and carbon emissions in the European Union: buildings account for around 40% of total final energy use and are responsible of 36% greenhouse gas emission. The consequences of maintaining poor indoor environmental conditions not only increase energy consumption, but also have social, economic and environmental costs. The emergence of new technologies, such as the Building Information Modelling Methodology (BIM), are potential game changer for the sector of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. This methodology provides us with key tools to deal with numerous challenges related to competitiveness, resource deficiency and productivity.

In this context, BIM4IEQ project aims to study the improvement of inner spaces in the early stage of design and to assess the environmental conditions in a sustainable manner. This process takes into account the consequences of the architectural configuration and indoor environmental conditions of the building on the building occupant. Sustainable optimization of buildings requires an integrated approach that not only takes into account the reduction of energy consumption, but also considers the social, economic and environmental impact for the user and society.

The main objective of this research project is the development of a BIM-based tool. This tool will allow designers and building managers to maximize indoor environmental quality from an integral sustainability perspective, promoting the building resilience to climate challenge. The project will develop a tool to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the decision-making by stakeholders during the construction process. The project focuses its deliverables on innovative digital developments, as well as their validation in real spaces, in addition to including the incorporation of new materials (eco-bricks) in the included constructive solutions.

In line with its mission, BIM4EIQ provides: 1) solid and reliable database to be used in the BIM methodology during the life cycle of the building, 2) a global tool based on BIM that provides different scenarios of action on interior spaces of the building, 3) its implementation by means of an app configured at different levels of use y 4) a guide with standardized procedures for the use of the tool adapted to the different levels of use that allows quantifying the difference that there would be with an optimal design of the building and the adopted design.

Research Area

Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Diego P. Ruiz (druiz@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

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