16/02/2022
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Chemical Engineering


  • OFFER DEADLINE
    30/09/2022 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    HE / MSCA
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Granada
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    International Research Projects Office
  • DEPARTMENT
    Promotion and Advisory Unit
  • LABORATORY
    NA

Professor Ignacio Moya Ramírez, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2022 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2022 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0cmA).

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 79 degrees, 188 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 127 departments and 22 centers. Consequently, 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 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). The edition of the ARWU 2021 places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the 2nd highest ranked University in Spain (http://sl.ugr.es/0cmF), 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 by specialties of this prestigious ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0bSp). A little below in the ranking, the UGR stands out in Mathematics (76-100) and Mining & Mineral Engineering (76-100).

Additionally, the UGR counts with 7 researchers are at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list (http://sl.ugr.es/0cmD), most of them related to the Computer Science scientific area. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 54th 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, 119 projects with total funding around 29.233 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The research team consist in an interdisciplinary collaboration of investigators from the departments of Chemical Engineering, Nutrition and Bromatology and Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from the University of Granada. Both groups started their collaboration in 2015. The group’s main objective is the valorisation of wastes and sub products from the agri-food sector (industry and hostelry), through their use as feedstocks in the production of bioactive and prebiotic compounds, antioxidants and biosurfactants, as well as their application in bioremediation of soils. The strategy of this research line aims to cover all the development needed from the generation of the waste or sub product, its pre-treatment, to the final added-value product.

Research in the team encompasses a wide range of cross-disciplinary activities. More specifically, the research lines of the last five years comprise:

  1. Valorisation of olive oil mill waste and thermally processed food wastes (coffee grounds). Production of biosurfactants through microbial and fungal fermentations, and extraction of compounds with antioxidants productions.
  2. Valorisation of oily food-derived wastes. Production of di-, monoglycerides and fatty acids by hydrolysis in multiphases systems.
  3. Study of application of biosurfactants in emulsion system and their synergies with enzymatic reactions.
  4. Study of pre-treatments for food wastes and sub products in order to enhance their valorisation as added-value chemicals.

Project description:

The use of agro-industrial biomass side products (BSP) as raw materials can reduce the costs of biomanufacturing processes. However, the heterogeneity of BSP hinders their complete metabolization and/or transformation in single industrial operation. In this sense, co-cultures, consortia of microorganisms comprising two or more co-existing species, allow to synergistically combine several microbial metabolisms. Considering that, currently our main driving hypothesis is that co-cultures can be leveraged to solve the problematic of the complete revalorisation of any BSP, regardless their composition or origin, and in a single step. The use of co-cultures to revalorise side products has been little explored to date due to the intrinsic complexity of microbial consortia and to incompatibilities between the industrially relevant microbial species. As a solution for that, we are looking for several strain containment techniques in order to enable the coexistence of several species of interest in the co-culture and to reach a precise control over their populations.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)

  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Ignacio Moya Ramírez  (ignaciomr@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

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