Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group

    01/09/2018 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Manuel Díez-Minguito, from the Department of Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group 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

The Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group of the University of Granada is an interdisciplinary, high-performance team comprised of six professors and more than twenty researchers including Post-Docs, PhD and MS students. Our mission is to gain fundamental knowledge of the ocean-atmosphere-land interactions to provide creative solutions to social challenges in a changing world. Outstanding research lines are the study of physical and biogeochemical processes in shelf seas, estuaries, and beaches; the integrated management and risk analysis of coastal environments, catchment areas, and structures; and the numerical, experimental, and analytical modelling of marine and freshwater systems.

Project description


In the past few decades estuarine systems have undergone considerable changes: tidal ranges and turbidity levels increased, fluid mud layers thickened, primary production decay, and hypoxic and hypercapnic conditions occur more often. These changes pose severe threats on the ecological functioning of estuaries, which are supposed to be above the critical water quality levels set by the European Directives.

The aim of this project is to study how do human activities and global climate change affect the formation of turbidity maxima, phytoplankton growth, and oxygen levels in nearly well-mixed estuaries.

The specific objectives are to:

I) understand feedbacks between hydrodynamics, salinity, turbidity, phytoplankton, and oxygen concentrations;

II) assess and model the spatio-temporal distribution of biogeochemical variables in response to different climatic forcing conditions and human interventions.

III) quantify and understand the effect of catchment and shelf conditions (e.g., droughts, upwelling/downwelling conditions), human interventions (e.g., dredging) and climate change (sea level rise, changes in tidal forcing) on water motion, suspended sediment, phytoplankton, and oxygen dynamics;

A combination of data analysis from field campaigns and analytical and numerical modelling will be used to tackle the objectives. This project will be carried out jointly with the project “Multi-criteria analysis for physical and biotic risk assessment in estuaries” (PIRATES), granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science.

Research Area

  • Environmental Sciences and Chemistry (ENV-CHE)
  • Physics and Mathematics (PHY-MAT)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Manuel Díez-Minguito (mdiezm@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)