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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Department of Physical Education and Sport

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Professor Palma Chillón Garzón from the Department of Physical Education and Sport 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:, 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) ( 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 (, 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 PROFITH research group (no. CTS-977) is a young, enthusiastic and highly competitive group. Our overall goal is to advance the current scientific knowledge in a way that contributes to create a healthier society by means of examining the beneficial effects of physical activity on individuals’ health with and without disease and of any age.

Our main research lines/interests are:

  • Active commuting: methods, determinants and consequences
  • Epidemiology of physical activity and health
  • Assessment of physical fitness
  • Assessment of physical activity and sleep
  • Exercise’s effects on brown adipose tissue, insulin resistance and obesity
  • Exercise’s effects on cognitive performance, academic achievement, and brain structure and function


Project description:

The project is based on the research line “active commuting” in young people and is funding by “Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad” in Spain (Ref: DEP2016-75598-R), conducted from 2017-2020.

Low physical activity levels and a high sedentary time determine unhealthy lifestyles among children and adolescents. Active modes of commuting to school (i.e. walking or cycling) might be a daily source of physical activity. Young people who walk or cycle to school have higher physical activity levels, better cardiorespiratory fitness and there is evidence about a better academic performance compared to those who use passive modes of commuting.

Furthermore, personal, social and built environmental factors determine the behaviour of active commuting to school, and studies compiling these factors are lacking to provide a better comprehension. In the current project, personal variables -such as psychosocial variables related to the self-determination theory and sociodemographic, healthy behaviours and perceptions data-, social variables –such as parent´s sociodemographics, behaviours and perceptions data and school characteristics- and built environment–such as the school neighborhood, home neigborhood and the attributes of the route home-school and even weather data, are being collected.

The current project pretends three aims: a) to analyse the association of the built environment with physical activity, sedentary time and mode of commuting to school, b) to analyze the personal, social and enviromental correlates of active modes of commuting to school, c) to examine the effects of personal, social and enviromental factors in a school-based intervention to promote cycling to school, in a sample of adolescents from Spain.

The provided results in the current project will offer broad and entire view of the behaviour of active commuting to school that does not exist nowadays. These results will guide policy makers to implement succesfull strategies to promote active commuting to school behaviours and may be a public health strategy for benefing a society with higher health levels and, in general, higher quality of life.


Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)

  • Environment and Geosciences (ENV)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Palma Chillón Garzón (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)