Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Atmospheric Physics Laboratory.

    30/09/2022 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Lucas Alados Arboledas, from the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) in 2022 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (for more information about the 2022 call, please consult: http://sl.ugr.es/0cmA).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR) was founded in 1531 and is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6,000 members of staff, the UGR offers over 70 undergraduate degrees, 100 master’s degrees (9 of which are international double degrees) and 28 doctoral programmes via its 127 departments and 22 centers. Accordingly, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the institution’s commitment to continuously improving 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 internationally renowned for its excellence in diverse research fields and ranked among the top Spanish universities in a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, and international funding.

The UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The 2021 edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the second highest ranked university in Spain (http://sl.ugr.es/0cmF), reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. The UGR stands out in the specialties of Library & Information Science (position 36); Food Science & Technology (39) and Hospitality & Tourism Management (51-75), according to the latest edition of this prestigious ranking by specialties (http://sl.ugr.es/0bSp). A little lower in the ranking, the UGR also stands out in Mathematics (76-100) and Mining & Mineral Engineering (76-100).

Additionally, the UGR has 7 researchers who are at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list (http://sl.ugr.es/0cmD), most of these related to the area of Computer Science. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 54th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, the University of Granada is firmly committed to its 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 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 119 projects with a total funding of around 29.233 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The Atmospheric Physics Group (GFAT) of the Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (IISTA) focus its research activity on the study of the atmosphere, the Earth’s surface and their interactions using remote sensing and in-situ techniques. The group has a good experience in the study of aerosol, clouds and their interaction. GFAT, operates the Andalusian Global ObseRvatory of the Atmosphere (AGORA), located in Southern Spain, that includes the UGR station (37° 9'49.21"N, 3°36'17.94"W, 680 m asl), located in Granada and the high mountain station Sierra Nevada Station, SNS, (37° 5'27"N, 3°22'54"W, 2600 m asl). AGORA favors integrated atmospheric studies by using a broad range of instrumentation from active and passive remote sensing to a variety of in-situ methodologies. Located in the most meridian sector of the European continent near the African coast allows a detailed analysis of the Saharan dust prior to be mixed in highly polluted areas of Europe and the use of a high mountain stations allow the detection of the impact of the anthropogenic aerosol (originated at the city of Granada) contribution modulated for the daily and seasonal cycle of the Planetary Boundary Layer. AGORA offers a unique combination of remote sounding and in-situ techniques at different elevations, allowing the validation of vertical profiles of aerosol and cloud microphysical properties retrieved by inversion of remote sensing data acquired at the valley level and for PBL-free troposphere interactions studies. AGORA is part of ACTRIS (Aerosol Cloud and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure).

Project description:

The candidate will be involved in ELPIS project, funded by the Spanish MICIN. The general objective of ELPIS is improving our knowledge of the aerosol-cloud interaction by improved remote sensing tools that allow a better characterization of different aerosol types along the atmospheric column, focus on disentangle the role of the ample variety of atmospheric aerosols in the cloud properties with special emphasis on their role as Cloud Condensation Nuclei, CCN, and Ice Nuclei, IN.


To answer these scientific questions ELPIS is structured around the following specific objectives:

1. To develop methodologies for aerosol classification on the base of multispectral Raman LIDAR with depolarization and laser induced fluorescence.

2. To determine the role of different aerosol types (mineral dust, bioaerosol,..) as INP by means of remote sensing.

3. To determine optical properties of single and ensembles of aerosol particles at the laboratory and using polar nephelometry.

Research Area:

  • Environment and Geosciences (ENV)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Lucas Alados Arboledas (alados@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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