04/05/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    01/09/2021 18:30 - 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 Miguel A. Galindo from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry 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 MobilityJulio SantiagoJulio SantiagoRule (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 research group coordinated by Dr. Galindo (www.ugr.es/local/magalindo) focuses its research on the preparation, characterization, and study of properties of hybrid materials based on metal-DNA systems. Different researchers with a lot of experience in different areas of synthetic chemistry, nanomaterials, and bioinorganic chemistry participate in the group. The main research lines focus on:

- the preparation of double-stranded DNA material (natural and modified) that contains metal ions or metal atoms inside the double-stranded, to increase its physicochemical properties.

- Study of the toxicological properties, since they constitute transport molecules of metal ions with antibacterial activity, such as Ag (I).

- Use of simple DNA strands that can act as a template for the growth of coordination polymers and/or conjugated conductive polymers.

- Preparation of DNA-metal systems on carbonaceous material (carbon nanotubes, graphene) to implement the light-harvesting and electron transport properties.

The Inorganic Chemistry Department, where the candidate will develop his research, has world-leading researchers working in a wide range of research lines that are based on coordination chemistry and many other fields of knowledge such as nanotechnology, the science of materials, and supramolecular chemistry. The department has participated in more than 20 projects in the last 5 years, which include Marie Curie Grants, nationally-funded research projects, and contracts with industrial partners. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry also provides an outstanding academic environment both intellectually and physically with modern well-equipped and furnished laboratories together with an extensive range of support services. Besides, the exceptional environment within the department and the university facilitates and promotes significant collaborations between researchers from different areas.

Project description:

The candidate will work in the area of ​​bioinorganic and supramolecular chemistry, in a project associated with DNA-based coordination chemistry. The research will focus on the development of new supramolecular metallo-DNA hybrids that can exhibit a variety of useful properties, such as photoluminescent, electronic and custom nanostructures formation. The candidate will design, prepare and characterize (both in solution and in solid-state) modified DNA molecules that will be used in the preparation of metallo-DNA systems in the presence of specific metal ions. The applicant will also study the chemical and physical properties of the newly obtained systems.

The research builds on our previous results from our group demonstrating the use of natural and modified nucleosides for the incorporation of metal ions into DNA structures at specific sites (through the formation of so-called base pairs mediated by metals) [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 10089–10094; Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 1126-1137; Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 4583-4589; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6170-6174]. This approach leads to a plethora of metallo-DNA systems with multiples applications that will be investigated. Also, other new strategies will be explored to functionalize single-stranded DNA molecules that serve as a platform for the preparation of hybrid metallo-DNA nanosystems with tailored properties. The project offers an outstanding opportunity to work alongside experienced young researchers on a cutting-edge research topic. The candidate will join a team of researchers and has the opportunity to work with external collaborators, national and international. Applications from highly qualified and motivated candidates are welcome.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Miguel A. Galindo (magalindo@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

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