04/05/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Applied Physics

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    01/09/2021 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    HE / MSCA
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Granada
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    International Research Projects Office
  • DEPARTMENT
    Promotion and Advisory Unit
  • LABORATORY
    NA

Professor Modesto T López-López from the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2021 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the MobilityJulio SantiagoJulio SantiagoRule (more information about the 2020 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV, the 2021 call is not yet open).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 89 degrees, 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 123 departments and 27 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has 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. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 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 - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (http://sl.ugr.es/0bsW). The UGR is amongst the 201-300 first universities of the world, between 2nd-5th position of Spanish universities and number 1 in the Andalusian Region in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. Specialties at UGR that stand out are Library & Information Science (position 32) and Food Science & Technology (position 36). Moreover, the UGR is also situated amongst the first 100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering between (76th-100th position), in Mathematics (between 76th-100th position) and in Hospitality & Tourism Management (between 76th-100th position). The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th 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.

Additionally, the UGR has 8 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in Computer Sciences & Engineering (position 101-150). It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 43th 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 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 118 projects with total funding around 29.115 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The research group is specialized in the synthesis and physical characterization of magnetic particles, as well as in the preparation, characterization and modeling of complex magnetic soft matter: magnetic fluids, ferrogels and ferroelastomers. Application of these materials in the biomedical field and in soft robotic is currently in the focus of the research group. Emphasis is particularly given to the control of the microstructure, mechanical properties and actuation behavior of materials. The group has access to all the required techniques and equipment to synthesize and characterize the proposed materials: fume hood, heating blankets, mechanical mixers and magnetic stirrers, ultrasound baths and probes, centrifuges, ovens, fridges and laboratory glassware for the synthesis of materials; Zetasizer nano Z and Mastersizer 2000 for measurements of the hydrodynamic diameter of particles; optical microscopes with magnifications up to 50x and connected to CCD cameras, for analysis of mesoscopic structure and appearance of hydrogels; a Dinko Instruments spectrophotometer; a complete set of magnets and electromagnets; controlled-stress rheometers MCR-300 Physica-Anton Paar, Bohlin CS10 Haake MARS III, and TA DHR-1 for the characterization of the mechanical properties of materials; and finally, HREM, microcomputed tomography, TEM, SEM, cryo-SEM, as well as AFM, X-ray spectroscopy, Energy Dispersion Scattering, TGA, FT-IR, SQUID magnetometry and CD spectroscopy at the center of scientific instrumentation of the university.

Project description:

Research at my group integrates applied physics with materials science, biology and biomedicine. We focus currently on the design of novel smart magnetic materials for regenerative medicine and for soft robotics. This objective is tackled by following a bottom-up strategy, in order to create magnetic hydrogels by assembly of building blocks constituted by magnetic particles and short-peptides and/or biopolymers. Magnetic particles allow actuation at the microscopic level over the building process by noncontact magnetic forces. As a result, we achieve control on the microstructural arrangement of the resulting hydrogel networks, as well as on their macroscopic biomechanical properties. These characteristics have proven to be determinant for the successful attachment and differentiation of cells when hydrogels are used as scaffolds for the engineering of artificial tissues. Furthermore, an adequate mechanical performance of biomaterials is usually associated to precise microstructural arrangements of the building blocks, something that can be achieved during the preparation of magnetic hydrogels by means of magnetic actuation. This research project is carried out within the framework of a multidisciplinary team that integrates not only physicists, but also chemists, engineers and medical doctors.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Modesto T López-López (modesto@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

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