Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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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 Miguel A. Galindo, from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry 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

The University of Granada (UGR) 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 leading host institution in the Erasmus program. 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 Research and Development projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry, where the candidate will develop his work, host world leading researchers working in a wide range of research lines that, based in coordination chemistry, many other fields of knowledge as nanotechnology, material sciences and biosupramolecular chemistry.

The Department has vast experience in relevant areas related to the project, including the study of the interaction of inorganic species towards DNA, the preparation of characterization of metallo-DNA systems and in material nanoscience. The department has participated in more than 20 projects in the last 5 years, which include Marie Curie Grants, nationally funded research projects and contracts with industrial partners. In addition, the host institution exceptional environment within the department and the University facilitates and promotes significant collaborations between researchers. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry also provides an outstanding academic environment both intellectually and physically with modern well-equipped and furnished laboratories together with an extensive range of support services. The University Scientific Instrumentation Center is located next to the Department and offers a full range of techniques relevant to the project. Therefore, the candidate will have full access to facilities, required for accomplishing the research proposal goals.

Project description

The candidate will work on the area of bioinorganic and supramolecular chemistry, in a project associated to DNA-based coordination chemistry. The research will focus on the developed of novel metallo-DNA supramolecular hybrids that can exhibit a range of useful properties, such as the formation of customized nanostructures, electrical conduction and luminescence. The candidate will work on the design, preparation and characterization (both in solution and solid state) of modified DNA molecules that will lead to metallo-DNA systems in presence of specific metal ions. She/he will also study the chemical and physical properties of the new obtained systems. The work builds on our previous results that demonstrates the use of modified nucleosides, that mimic natural DNA bases, for the site-specific incorporation of metal ions in DNA structures (via formation of so-called metal-mediated base pairs) without altering their natural ability to hybridize via Watson-Crick base pairs [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6170; Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 4583; Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 1126] This approach leads to a plethora of metallo-DNA systems with multiples applications that will be investigated. In addition, other new strategies will be also explored with the aim of functionalizing single-stranded DNA molecules that serve as a platform for the preparation of hybrid metallo-DNA nanosystems with tailored properties. The project offers an outstanding opportunity to work alongside experienced young researchers on a cutting-edge research topic. The candidate will join a team of researchers and has the opportunity to work with external collaborators, national and international. Applications from highly qualified and motivated candidates are welcome.

Research Area

Chemistry (CHE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Miguel A. Galindo (magalindo@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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