Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

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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 Juan Pedro Arrebola, from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 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 (https://www.ugr.es), with approximately 70,000 individuals (students + workers), is the 4th largest university in Spain. Research at the UGR is thoroughly multidisciplinary, since we have currently over 1,400 active research lines. The UGR belongs to the Biomedical Research Institute ibs.GRANADA (https://www.ibsgranada.es/), which also integrates the two University Hospitals of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health. This consortium represents a common scientific space for the development of joint basic and translational biomedical research.

Dr. Juan P. Arrebola leads an research group within the University of Granada and ibs.GRANADA, focused on the identification of environmental factors contributing to the risk of obesity-related chronic diseases. We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers that includes experts in epidemiology, environmental science, basic and molecular research, health economy, social science, and clinicians. Our aim is to perform a holistic approach of human exposure to low doses of chemical environmental pollutants and their health implications. The experience of the group leader includes 17 years committed to the study of environmental epidemiology, especially to the impact of human exposure to chemical environmental pollutants. To date, the group leader has participated in 11 research projects funded by national and 5 international agencies (including four EU projects), and generated 80 scientific papers in JCR-indexed journals.

Project description

We are focused on the (sub)clinical implications of the long-term exposure to complex mixtures of environmental chemicals in the general population. We are particularly interested in addressing combined environmental exposures from a mixture perspective, and chemicals of interest include persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals and trace elements, phthalates, pesticides, flame-retardants, bisphenols and other non-persistent chemicals. Main target chronic health outcomes are mainly obesity-related, e.g., cardio-metabolic diseases and cancer, but we also focus on the identification of biomarkers of early damage, e.g., oxidative stress, inflammation, or endocrine disruption. These markers will help to detect early subclinical damage and, thus, help further preventive actions. Our study represents a unique opportunity to combine exposure biomonitoring, clinical, and molecular data within an epidemiologic context.

From the very beginning, the researcher will closely work with our team members in both analysing already generated data and writing scientific articles, as well as on new research lines. Therefore, we seek for a researcher interested in 1) working with relatively complex databases by using several statistical approaches, including multipollutant and mediation analyses, and/or 2) developing and testing novel biomarkers in ongoing cohorts.

Some references:

  • Mustieles V, Arrebola JP. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2020. pii: jech-2019-213181.
  • Echeverría R et al. Sci Total Environ. 2019;670:1028-1036.
  • Artacho-Cordón F, et al. Environ Int. 2019;133(Pt A):105118.
  • Rodríguez-Pérez C, et al. Environ Pollut. 2018;236:878-888.
  • Mustieles V, et al. Environ Int. 2017;104:48-57
  • Arrebola JP, et al. 2016;566-567:41-49.

Research Area

Environment and Geosciences (ENV) and Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Juan Pedro Arrebola (jparrebola@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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