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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics.

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EU Research Framework Programme


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International PhD Programme “Dynamics of Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and DNA Damage Response”
Institute of Molecular Biology
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Higher Education Institute
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Ackermannweg 4


Professor Blanca Biel, from the Department of Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics (SAMBA group - Simulations of Advanced Materials and Biomolecules for Applications) 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 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 FAMN department is a competitive lab whose members actively undertake research in high-impact areas such as quantum information, nuclear physics, nuclear medicine, and condensed matter at the atomic scale. The candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary environment with frequent visits from researchers from other national and international institutions. Computational resources such as access to supercomputer facilities will be provided by the Universidad de Granada and the Spanish Supercomputing Network. The International Project Office of the University of Granada (UGR), as host institution, will provide support to applicants throughout the proposal preparation process.

Dr. Blanca Biel, the project supervisor, has extensive experience in Density Functional Theory (DFT)-based and quantum transport simulations in 1D and 2D materials. She has successfully obtained funding in several national and international research calls, including MSCA (she is currently supervising a MSCA-IF-2018 research fellow at her group). The proposed research project is related to three ongoing research projects of which Dr. Biel is PI: ‘Modeling of complex materials: biomolecules and two-dimensional systems’, ‘Exploring defects in novel 2D materials by advanced simulations at the atomic scale’, and ‘QM/MM simulations of a 2D biosensor towards mutation detection in nucleic acids’. The candidate will thus be able to benefit during his/her postdoctoral stay from the active collaborations with both national and international theoretical and experimental groups maintained in these projects.

Project description:

The research topic will focus on the investigation, by means of Density Functional Theory (DFT), of the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of novel bidimensional (2D) materials such as Janus transition metal dichalcogenides, MXenes, magnetic 2D materials, etc. We will consider two main potential research lines, depending on the candidate’s interest and skills:

- The impact of point-like and extended defects in 2D materials. We will explore the electronic properties of point-like (vacancies, dopants, interstitials, …) as well as extended (grain boundaries) defects, taking into account the presence of strain and/or different types of substrates. Lateral heterostructures built up by joining two different 2D materials will be also considered in the next step, to investigate, among other possibilities, the most suitable candidates for their potential use as p-n junctions in a future all-planar nanoelectronics.

- Investigation of the spintronics and/or optical properties of these novel 2D materials in the presence of defects.

Potential application of this research to such systems as gas sensors, catalysts, optoelectronic devices, etc. will be explored, as well as rich-physics phenomena such as the already observed charge density waves or trion modulation.

The candidates are welcome to propose additional research topics related to the aforementioned research lines.


Advanced user of DFT-based methods (SIESTA, VASP, OpenMX, …).

Only candidates with demonstrated experience in this methodology will be considered for this position.


- Good publication track record.

- Knowledge of 2D materials.

- Experience on optics and/or spintronics., quantum transport, etc.

Please note that only candidates who have made the sort-list will be contacted (within two weeks of submitting their application.)

Research Area:

  • Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Blanca Biel (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)