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

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Professor Isabel Reche Cañabate, from the Department of Ecology 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:

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 (, 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 ( 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 (, most of them related to the Computer Science scientific area. It is also well recognized for its web presence (, 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 candidate will join the research unit “Modeling Nature: from nano to macro” (MNat, at the University of Granada (Spain). MNat unit emerged to make progress and educate the next generation of scientists in challenging topics at the interfaces of ecology, physics, biomedicine, engineering and mathematics. Only integrative and interdisciplinary approaches will allow improving our understanding of complex problems such the role of aquatic ecosystems in the global cycles of carbon and nitrogen in a scenario of Global Change.

Project description:

The contribution of inland waters to the global carbon cycle is now clearly established. Inland waters are significant sources of greenhouse gases (GHG), including CO2, CH4 and N2O. In particular, eutrophic reservoirs appear to be significant sources of CH4, but the existing estimates of GHG emissions from reservoirs and saline wetlands are highly uncertain. Partly because they are based on local observations collected in a limited number of inland waters that do not represent the large variety of those systems around the world. This is the particular case of the Mediterranean biome, where, furthermore, reservoirs and saline wetlands are the prevalent aquatic ecosystems. This astonishing lack of data on GHG fluxes from these aquatic ecosystems seriously limits our confidence on the global estimates of GHG emissions. The underlying problem is that the few measurements that exist were collected mostly during daylight hours and under good weather conditions, which cannot fully resolve the true temporal variability of emissions. In the Mediterranean biome, in addition, the hydrological cycle is changing as a consequence of climatic warming with increasing frequencies of extreme events such as torrential rains and severe droughts. We are exploring how these events are affecting the GHG fluxes in saline wetlands and eutrophic reservoirs.

Research Area:

  • Enviroment and Geosciences (ENV)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Isabel Reche Cañabate (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)