Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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    17/06/2020 11:00 - 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 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

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

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)


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