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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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    26/08/2021 10:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Susana Vilchez from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 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 IP belongs to the research group Biochemistry and Molecular Pathology (CTS183) from the University of Granada. The group includes researchers from the Departments of Parasitology and Biochemistry and belong to the Institute of Biotechnology. The group is interested in studying the virulence factors and the mechanisms used by microorganisms (specifically Bacillus species) to colonise their hosts at molecular level. Two very different research lines are in place in the research group. The first one aims to study virulence factors in entomopatogenic bacteria and generate novel ones that could be used for biological control of insect populations that represent an economic or a health problem. The second one aims to modify Cry toxins in order to redirect activity against non target insects.

Project description:

The position is available at the research line interested in generating novel toxins active against non- target insect using phage display technology. The methodology has been proven to be adequate for isolating and obtaining toxins from a library of newly generated toxins displayed in a phage system. The proof of concept has been recently published at Scientific Reports (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5668233/) and our idea is extend the methodology to other insects such as the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratatis capitata or other agricultural pests or vector insects of diseases. The position involves work with bacteria and insects, bioassays with insects, and molecular techniques (PCR, cloning, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, ELISA, Overlay assays) and phage display techniques.

Research Area:

  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Susana Vilchez (svt@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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