Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Nanoelectronics, Graphene and 2D materials.

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    01/07/2020 15:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Francisco Gamiz Perez, from the Department of Nanoelectronics, Graphene and 2D materials 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 Group of Nanoelectronics is formed by 10 members from different disciplines: Electrical, Computer Science and Material Science Engineers, Chemists, Physics. The only goal of this Group is a better understanding of Nanoelectronic devices and their applications. Along the last five years (2015-2019), the NRG has developed different research lines which can be grouped as follows:

a) Basic research lines:

1. Structural & Electrical characterization. 2. Simulation and modeling. 3. Fabrication, structural and electrical characterization and simulation of 2D semiconductors 4. Co-integration of 2D TMD semiconductors with Si-CMOS

b) End-user focused research lines:1. Design of dedicated nanodevices (“More Moore” + “Beyond CMOS”); 2. Biomedical applications of Nanoelectronics (“More than Moore”).

Production last five years:

• Articles: 52

• Communications: 41

• Books: 2

• Book chapters: 6

• Funded projects: 12

• Patents: 5

• Ph.D. Thesis: 8

• Master Thesis: 10

• Funding: 3M€

Specifically, in relationship with the topic of the proposal, the NRG has a long record of activities in the design of sensors and biosensors using pseudo-MOSFETs. These activities have been reinforced with the setup of new infrastructures for the growing by CVD and PE-ALD 2D-material monolayers, a clean room full-equipped for the fabrication of nanoelectronics devices and prototypes. Our goal is to take advantage of these knowledge and expertise and use the cancer biomarkers identified and developed in the previous stages of this proposal for the early and accurate diagnosis of several types of cancer.

Project description

As a result of many years of efforts, the Scientific Community is starting to understand how Cancer behaves. Today we know Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) are responsible for the initiation and sustained growth of the tumor, resistance to therapy, progression, relapse, and metastasis. These CSCs communicate with host tissues by releasing exosomes, mRNAs, small RNAs, cfDNA and cytokines into body fluids, where they are highly stable. The possibility to intercept this “communication channel” and decode the malignant messages using early-diagnostic tools would offer an awesome advantage to the Health System in its fight against cancer. The use of 2D-materials (TMDs) based devices significantly reduces the detection threshold whilst generating the ability for simultaneous measurements of multiple cancer markers (multiplexing). This project aims at developing a multisensor platform by the cointegration in an only chip of i) an array of TMD-field-effect sensors, ii) a 3D multilayer microfluidic structure which allows the on-site biofunctionalization of each graphene sensor with properly oriented recognition elements (antibodies and/or aptamers), and the simultaneous identification of several specific biomarkers of colorectal cancer (CRC) from only one sample of patient’s blood, and iii) a control digital system for the measurement of the sensors, signal processing and delivery of the results to the physician through the Internet. GIVEME5 platform will be characterized by a fast response, a low cost, high sensitivity, and selectivity, thus, allowing the early detection of CRC biomarkers to permit the diagnosis, the prompt detection of the metastatic process, the follow up of the therapy, and the prediction of resistance and disease recurrence.

Research Area

Information Science and Engineering (ENG) and Life Sciences (LIFE)

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

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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