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

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    01/09/2021 18:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Diego Pablo Ruiz from the Department of Applied Physics and Arquitectural Construction 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:

Technologies for a Circular Economy (research group code TEP 968, web page https://tep968.ugr.es/)

Keywords: resilient city, sustainable construction, territorial planning, circular economy, water management, waste management, soundscapes, environmental technology, occupational risk prevention, noise pollution, environmental ergonomics.

The “Technologies for a Circular Economy” Research Group is experienced for more than 20 years in the research lines related with the concept of circular economy from the technological point of view and specifically focused in indoor and outdoor environmental factors related to occupational risk prevention, materials for sustainable construction and methodologies for territorial planning. The group is composed of 16 members coming from civil engineering, applied physics, construction engineering and electronic engineering areas. The Group enjoys an international position in terms of research contracts with public authorities and companies, coordination and participation in projects supported by national and international authorities (more than 40), publications in indexed journals (more than 200) and participation in international congresses (more than 470 presentations).

The candidate will join in a project under development and will have the guidance of the researchers of the group. The research of the project covers the latest trends in research and development (I+D) of the European Union, i.e. the Horizon 2020 area related to the "Safe, Efficient and Clean Energy" challenge on the specific subject of designing and developing efficient energy systems in the field of building - incorporating new technologies, materials and techniques - in order to reduce energy dependence and contribute to the fight against climate change. In the same way, within the same challenge, it contributes to the promotion of Intelligent, efficient and sustainable cities from the energy point of view and the impulse of the circular economy through the adoption of advanced building systems, among others. In this context, the main tasks of the candidate will be to help to develop a tool that allows the improvement of indoor environmental conditions in buildings implies the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out in Agenda 2030, in particular: SDG 3 Ensuring healthy living and promoting well-being for all at all ages; SDG 9 Developing resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and encouraging innovation; and SDG 11 Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Project description:

The research line of the group is based on the research project entitled A BIM-based framework for building sustainability by improving indoor enviromental quality” BIM4IEQ.

The construction sector has a great impact on the economic, environmental and social development as a whole. In addition, its impact is crucial especially on energy consumption and carbon emissions in the European Union: buildings account for around 40% of total final energy use and are responsible of 36% greenhouse gas emission. The consequences of maintaining poor indoor environmental conditions not only increase energy consumption, but also have social, economic and environmental costs. The emergence of new technologies, such as the Building Information Modelling Methodology (BIM), are potential game changer for the sector of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. This methodology provides us with key tools to deal with numerous challenges related to competitiveness, resource deficiency and productivity.

In this context, BIM4IEQ project aims to study the improvement of inner spaces in the early stage of design and to assess the environmental conditions in a sustainable manner. This process takes into account the consequences of the architectural configuration and indoor environmental conditions of the building on the building occupant. Sustainable optimization of buildings requires an integrated approach that not only takes into account the reduction of energy consumption, but also considers the social, economic and environmental impact for the user and society.

The main objective of this research project is the development of a BIM-based tool. This tool will allow designers and building managers to maximize indoor environmental quality from an integral sustainability perspective, promoting the building resilience to climate challenge. The project will develop a tool to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the decision-making by stakeholders during the construction process. The project focuses its deliverables on innovative digital developments, as well as their validation in real spaces, in addition to including the incorporation of new materials (eco-bricks) in the included constructive solutions.

In line with its mission, BIM4EIQ provides: 1) solid and reliable database to be used in the BIM methodology during the life cycle of the building, 2) a global tool based on BIM that provides different scenarios of action on interior spaces of the building, 3) its implementation by means of an app configured at different levels of use y 4) a guide with standardized procedures for the use of the tool adapted to the different levels of use that allows quantifying the difference that there would be with an optimal design of the building and the adopted design.

Research Area:

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Diego Pablo Ruiz (druiz@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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