Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Electronics and Computer Technology

    01/09/2018 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Alberto J. Palma, from the Department of  Electronics and Computer Technology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2018 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/09Qg).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

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://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group


Our multidisciplinary research group, ECsens (http://ecsens.ugr.es) was started in 2000 by researchers from the Department of Electronics and Computer Technology, and the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Granada. Our aim is the design, development and fabrication of sensors and portable instrumentation for environmental, health, food and toxicological analysis and monitoring, extendable to other areas. ECsens is composed of Chemists, Physicists and Electrical and Computer Engineers (M.Sc. and Ph.D.), as well as laboratory technicians.

Our available expertise comprises:

  • Development of mixed analog-digital portable electronic instrumentation platforms for signal processing of mono- and multi-analyte sensors.
  • Flexible and printed electronics with special interest in sensing-enable RFID platforms.
  • Smartphone-based (bio-) analytical instrumentation
  • Smart sensor processing through dynamic reconfiguration.
  • Design and fabrication for connectivity and sensor networks.
  • Development of software for computer-controlled instrumentation.
  • Chemical synthesis methodologies of (bio-) chemical sensors.
  • Encapsulation in nano- and micro-particles.
  • Printing and deposition technologies for sensors on polymeric matrices.


  • Laboratory for electrical and electronic characterization up to 8 GHz
  • Laboratory for optical characterization of sensors
  • Laboratory for material and semiconductor characterization
  • Laboratory for preparation and synthesis of chemical sensors
  • Measurement equipment for radiated EM fields
  • Equipment for multilayer PCB prototyping

Project description


Title: Design and fabrication of sensor-enabled passive RFID tags.


  • Design and fabrication of printed sensors on different substrates.
  • Design of novel RFID architectures with sensor interfaces.
  • Study of the energy harvesting capability of different RFID tag architectures for full passive operation.
  • Integration of printed sensors and optimized passive RFID architecture.

One objective of this project is the fabrication of chemical and physical sensors based on printing technologies on flexible substrates (paper or polymers) in collaboration with our colleagues of the Analytical Chemistry Dept. of our University. We are interested in sensors for smart packaging (gases and vapors) and biomedical applications (for instance electrolytes in sweat, glucose/creatinine in blood) In this last case, providing the dissolution by capillarity microfluid means. According our experience, these sensors will be opto-chemical, impedance (resistive/capacitive) or electrochemical sensors.

To study and exploit of the full capabilities of the last generation RFID chips with both sensor interface and energy harvesting capability. We will design ultra-low power conditioning circuits to expand both features of this kind of ICs to get RFID architecture with the highest possible performance. Finally, with the aim of obtaining a complete passive RFID tag, sensors and RFID circuitry and antenna will be joined on different substrates.


Both methodologies and lab equipment are available in our research group to immediately start the research.

Research Area

  • Environmental Sciences and Chemistry (ENV-CHE)
  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Alberto J. Palma (ajpalma@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)