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

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Professor Raúl Alberto Rica Alarcón, 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:

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 (, 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 ( 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 (, most of these related to the area of Computer Science. It is also well recognized for its web presence (, 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 for FP7 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 Nanoparticle Trapping Laboratory (NanoTLab) of the University of Granada has initiated its activity in 2020. We combine optical tweezers and Paul traps to manipulate single nanoparticles in different media, including liquid suspension, air and vacuum. On the one hand, we have a commercial JPK-Bruker optical tweezers setup (NanoTracker II) coupled with a Raman spectroscopy setup allowing us to take the Raman signal from trapped objects. On the other hand, we have a levitation setup to manipulate nanoparticles and study their optical properties. We collaborate with a large experimental group with more than 30 years of experience in colloidal science, and with theoreticians mostly devoted to statistical physics.

Project description:

We aim at experimentally exploring different phenomenology, including, but not limited to:

- Stochastic Thermodynamics

- Levitodynamics

- Plasmonics with trapped particles

- Aerosol physics

- Electrokinetics

- Biophysics

The group has 2 funded projects, so the successful candidate will work in good conditions. Interactions with other experimentalists and theoreticians will be favored. We have support on modeling thanks to experts in COMSOL Multiphysics and theoreticians with strong background on statistical physics, including theory and simulation.

We are looking for a motivated experimentalist with experience or interest in any of the topics above, to consolidate the activity of the group and enlarge its scope.

Research Area:

  • Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Raúl Alberto Rica Alarcón (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)