Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I.

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    01/07/2020 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Susana Vilchez, from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 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 IP belongs to the research group Biochemistry and Molecular Parasitology (CTS183) from the University of Granada. The group includes researchers from the Departments of Parasitology and Biochemistry and belong to the Institute of Biotechnology. The group is interested in studying the virulence factors and the mechanisms used by microorganisms (specifically Bacillus species) and protozoa (trypanosomatids) to colonise their hosts at molecular level. Two very different research lines are in place in the research group. The first one aims to study virulence factors in entomopatogenic bacteria and generate novel ones that could be used for biological control of insect populations that represent an economic or a health problem. The second one aims to study and develop vaccines toward protozoa.

Project description

The position is available at the research line interested in generating novel toxins active against non- target insect using phage display technology. The methodology has been proven to be adequate for isolating and obtaining toxins from a library of newly generated toxins displayed in a phage system. The proof of concept has been recently published at Scientific Reports (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5668233/) and our idea is extend the methodology to other insects such as the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratatis capitata or other agricultural pests or vector insects of diseases. The position involves work with bacteria and insects, bioassays with insects, and molecular techniques (PCR, cloning, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, ELISA, Overlay assays) and phage display techniques.

Research Area

Life Sciences (LIF)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Susana Vilchez (svt@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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