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

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    02/09/2021 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Guillemo Iglesias Salto, 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 Mobility Rule (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 activities of the group have focused on different lines, always related to the physical properties of the solid/liquid interface and their implications on the characteristics of dispersed systems and their engineering applications.

Our efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of nanoparticles of different chemical compositions, but always with controllable size, shape and surface functionalities. In addition, the group has also sought to transfer its knowledge to industrial partners.

Our interest have mainly dealt with two different lines regarding with the project “New technologies based on nanoparticles systems”, and “Biomedical Applications”. Specifically in two aspects:

1. Design and evaluation of nanoparticle-based drug delivery vehicles, in which the inclusion of one or more magnetic cores allows control of the particle's location and approach to a specific target. A biodegradable polymer coating is added to load and release the transported drugs.

2. Secondly, our interest has focused on the design of applicators and devices for generating magnetic fields and photothermal devices in order to generate heating of nanoparticles. These techniques are called magnetic hyperthermia and photothermia and have great application in the biomedical area.

Project description:

The analysis, characterisation and manipulation of nanoparticles (NPs) is undoubtedly the first step towards the generation of new materials with a wide range of applications in areas such as medicine (diagnosis or treatment), biotechnology, electronics, energy storage, etc. Until now, most applications have been limited to the use of spherical particle suspensions, which have been extensively studied theoretically and experimentally. However, in many situations, the geometry of NPs is critical to improve these properties.

The scientific fields in which geometry, and often non-sphericity, is controlled are of interest to grow as we advance our knowledge of the materials and their synthesis techniques. There are even situations where the whole phenomenology is based on non-sphericity: one need only think of electro-orientation phenomena such as birefringence or the formation of liquid crystal phases, etc. This is especially true in the field of so-called biomaterials, i.e. in the development of controlled drug delivery systems, tissue engineering and medical diagnostics. There is also another scientific field in which the use of magnetic nanoparticles has recently found an important therapeutic application.

This is hyperthermia, which consists of local heating induced by the particles when subjected to an oscillating magnetic field. Depending on the size and shape, this heating is produced by friction of the particles with the fluid, or by magnetic hysteresis, or even by the Néel effect (in the case of superparamagnetic particles, therefore without hysteresis). It is sufficient to raise the temperature to about 45°C for 30 minutes to kill the tumour cells. As a result, there is a heating of the particles even close to their melting temperature.

Research Area:

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

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Guillemo Iglesias Salto (iglesias@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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