Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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    01/07/2020 11:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Jorge P. Galve, from the Department of Geodynamics 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

Jorge P. Galve is part of the ARPA (Analisis del Relieve y Procesos Activos) research group, a multidisciplinary team devoted to tectonics and geohazards. The collaboration between the team members with expertise on Structural Geology, Geomorphology, Engineering Geology, Geophysics, GIS and Remote Sensing has been very fruitful and essential to innovate in their research projects. They combine geological and geomorphological mapping with structural and geotechnical surveys, ground exploration methods, quantitative landscape analysis and products of cutting edge techniques such as LiDAR, UAV Photogrammetry and InSAR in order to understand geological processes at very different scales and to identify and monitor geohazards associated to them. Currently, the group is running different research and academic projects at national and international level that allow the members of ARPA to study areas not only in Spain, but also in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The capacity of work, innovation and dynamism of the group is reflected in more than 70 SCI papers in the last five years. Since 2016 the group collaborates on an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a web-based platform for carrying out InSAR analysis through cloud computing: the Geohazards Exploitation Platform and Portal. This initiative has enabled ARPA to make a qualitative leap forward on the analysis of Earth surface processes.

Project description

The successful candidate will investigate cutting-edge methods to study geomorphic hazards. These methods include advanced spatial data analyses and remote sensing techniques that our research team is integrating to perform comprehensive hazard and risk assessments. The candidate will focus his/her research in one of these methods or in developing action plans that may combine different techniques to assess in depth a specific geohazard. As regard the geohazards, we are specialized in subsidence and mass movements and, regarding the methods, our team works on (1) identification and characterization of sinkholes and landslides through morphometrical, geophysical and geotechnical techniques; (2) monitoring of movements using radar interferometry (DInSAR) and comparison of multi-temporal digital terrain models (generated through LiDAR o Structure-from-Motion techniques); (3) simulation of earth surface processes and application of probabilistic methods to generate susceptibility and hazard models; and (4) quantitative procedures to perform risk assessments. Our case studies are spread over three continents: Africa, America and Europe. Local researchers who collaborate with us will support the work of the candidate if he/she prefers to develop his/her project outside Spain. Research lines that test methodologies in different countries with different natural and socioeconomic settings are also very welcome.

Research Area

Environmental Sciences (ENV) and Chemistry (CHE).

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Jorge P. Galve (jpgalve@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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