Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Genetics.

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    01/07/2020 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Francisco Perfectti, from the Department of Genetics 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

Evoflor is a multidisciplinary network of researchers studying various aspects of evolutionary biology, mainly at the intersection of genetics and ecology, with special emphasis on the evolution of plants, animals and their interactions. We integrate genetic, genomic and ecological studies from a theoretical and experimental perspective. Our main study system includes different species of the family Brassicaceae, although we also work with other systems.

Web site: http://www.evoflor.org

Project description

Phenotypic plasticity (PP) is the ability of some genotypes of producing different phenotypes in different environments. With the scientific project "Phenotypic plasticity as a driver of evolution in Moricandia" we are studying the genetic basis of the phenotypic plasticity in Moricandia, a genus of Brassicaceae plants. We will analyze how PP is expressed in functional and floral traits, and its role in the ecology and evolution of this plant genus. We now have the capacity to modify the floral phenotype (implying changes in color -lilac or white-, size and shape) controlling environmental factors. We will determine the genetic basis of this plasticity by studying the effect of these environmental factors on regulatory gene networks. This PP in floral traits may entail that the same plant interacts with different pollinator assemblages during different periods. This will be tested by comparing the spring and summer pollination niches. We believe that PP has played a fundamental role in the adaptation of some Moricandia species to desert conditions. This process could have led to phenotypic divergences between populations adapted to different conditions, favoring the establishment of reproductive barriers and eventually producing plasticity-mediated speciation. Our study will gather precious information to test this fundamental idea.

Research Area

Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Francisco Perfectti (fperfect@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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