Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

    30/09/2022 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Francisco Perfectti, from the Department of Genetics 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 candidate will join the research unit “Modeling Nature: from nano to macro” (MNat, http://www.modelingnature.org) 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, evolutionary biology, physics, biomedicine, engineering, and mathematics. Only integrative and interdisciplinary approaches will improve our understanding of complex problems such as the role of phenotypic plasticity in evolution. Within MNat, we integrate a multidisciplinary team of researchers studying various aspects of evolutionary biology, mainly at the intersection of genetics and ecology, focusing on the evolution of plants, animals, and their interactions.

Project description:

Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of some genotypes of producing different phenotypes in different environments. With the scientific project "Phenotypic plasticity as a driver of evolution in Moricandia" we are studying the genetic basis of the phenotypic plasticity in a genus of Brassicaceae plants. We will analyze how phenotypic plasticity is expressed in functional and floral traits, its transgenerational inheritance, and its role in the ecology and evolution of this plant genus. We now have the capacity to modify the phenotype (implying changes in flower color, size, and shape, and leaf structure) controlling environmental factors. We will determine the genetic basis of this plasticity by studying the effect of these environmental factors on regulatory gene networks, epigenetic marks, and sRNAs. This plasticity in floral traits may entail that the same plant interacts with different pollinator assemblages during different periods. We believe that phenotypic plasticity has played a fundamental role in the adaptation of some Moricandia species to desert conditions. This process could have led to phenotypic divergence between populations adapted to different conditions, favoring the establishment of reproductive barriers, and eventually producing plasticity-mediated speciation. Our study will gather precious information to test this fundamental idea. For a paper describing this system, please consult https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17875-1.

Research Area:

  • Enviroment and Geosciences (ENV)

  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Francisco Perfectti (fperfect@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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