Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics (SAMBA group - Simulations of Advanced Materials and Biomolecules for Applications).

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    01/07/2020 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Blanca Biel, from the Department of Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics (SAMBA group - Simulations of Advanced Materials and Biomolecules for Applications) 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 FAMN department is a competitive lab whose members actively undertake research in high-impact areas such as quantum information, nuclear physics, nuclear medicine, and condensed matter at the atomic scale. The candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary environment with frequent visits from researchers from other national and international institutions. Computational resources such as access to supercomputer facilities will be provided by the Universidad de Granada and the Spanish Supercomputing Network. The International Project Office of the University of Granada (UGR), as host institution, will provide support to applicants throughout the proposal preparation process.

Dr. Blanca Biel, the project supervisor, has extensive experience in Density Functional Theory (DFT)-based and quantum transport simulations in 1D and 2D materials. She has successfully obtained funding in several national and international research calls, including MSCA (she is currently supervising a MSCA-IF-2018 research fellow at her group). The proposed research project will be framed within two ongoing research projects of which Dr. Biel is PI: ‘Modeling of complex materials: biomolecules and two-dimensional systems’ and ‘Exploring defects in novel 2D materials by advanced simulations at the atomic scale’. The candidate will thus be able to benefit during his/her postdoctoral stay from the active collaborations with both national and international theoretical and experimental groups maintained in those projects.

Project description

The research topic will focus on the investigation, by means of Density Functional Theory (DFT), of the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of novel bidimensional (2D) materials such as Janus transition metal dichalcogenides, MXenes, magnetic 2D materials, etc. We will consider two main potential research lines, depending on the candidate’s interest and skills:

  • The impact of point-like and extended defects in 2D materials. We will explore the electronic properties of point-like (vacancies, dopants, interstitials, …) as well as extended (grain boundaries) defects, taking into account the presence of strain and/or different types of substrates. Lateral heterostructures built up by joining two different 2D materials will be also considered in the next step, to investigate, among other possibilities, the most suitable candidates for their potential use as p-n junctions in a future all-planar nanoelectronics.
  • Investigation of the spintronics and/or optical properties of these novel 2D materials in the presence of defects.

Potential application of this research to such systems as gas sensors, catalysts, optoelectronic devices, etc. will be explored, as well as rich-physics phenomena such as the already observed charge density waves or trion modulation.


  • Advanced user of DFT-based methods (SIESTA, VASP, OpenMX, …). Only candidates with demonstrated experience in this methodology will be considered for this position.


  • Good publication track record.
  • Knowledge of 2D materials.
  • Experience on optics and/or spintronics., quantum transport, etc.

Please note that only candidates who have made the sort-list will be contacted (within two weeks of submitting their application.)

Research Area

Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Blanca Biel (biel@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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