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

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    01/09/2021 17:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Juan Lupiáñez Castillo from the Department of Experimental Psychology 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 University of Granada is the best Spanish university in the field of Psychology, as it is within the top universities worldwide. This is largely due to the Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), which accommodates a wide range of techniques to carry out world-class research and hosts a large, multidisciplinary, vibrant community of researchers devoted to the study of all areas of Psychology.

Within this center, our research group on Cognitive Neuroscience (neurocog.ugr.es), is the largest. We have access to fMRI, TMS, tCDS, eye tracker, electrophysiological (Biopac), and behabioral measures labs, and experts on all these techniques within the large research group.

Project description:

Attention is considered a singular process, although with different mechanisms, functions and brain circuits involved, and central to human cognition, in different areas such as educational or clinical practice, industry, or sports. Recent conceptualizations consider these functions around three attentional networks (Alertness, Orienting and Cognitive Control), giving rise to the development of different experimental tasks to measure them (e.gr., ANT or ANTI), an enterprise to which the I have contributed significantly with different research projects. On the other hand, the study of the maintenance of attention over time is of great interest from both a theoretical and an applied perspective, which has also led to the development of specific tasks to measure this Vigilance (and its decrease over time in the task, e.gr. SART, PVT). In my current research projects, we carry out a theoretical analysis of Vigilance that leads us to distinguish two distinct components, which we call Executive Vigilance and Activation or Arousal Vigilance. While the former refers to the sustained maintenance of a control state to respond according to goals, inhibiting other more automatic responses (as measured, for example, with SART), the second refers to the maintenance of a state of activation that facilitates the immediate and automatic reaction to external stimuli in the environment (as, for example, in the PVT task). The main objective of my current research project is to dissociate theoretically and empirically these two components of Vigilance and their neural bases, for which we have developed a task suitable to measure them in the context of the evaluation of the functioning of attentional networks: the ANTI-VEA task. We are now investigating individual differences in Attention and Vigilance as a function of different variables: sport and musical training, mindfulness, ADHD symptoms, etc.

Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Juan Lupiáñez Castillo  (jlupiane@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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