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

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    26/08/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Maximino Manzaneda from the Department of Microbiology 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:

Our research group (Xeroteam) is interested in the protection of crops from drought using microorganisms. We study the mechanisms employed by some organisms (anhydrobionts) that allow them to survive desiccation and then apply such mechanisms to sensitive plants that otherwise would die due to the lack of water. Our research team is located at the Institute for Water Research (IWR), a World´s leading Center for studies of water. Thanks to the high-tech instruments we have, and those from the Center of Scientific Instruments (CSI) from the University of Granada we can perform the latest techniques. Both the IWR and CSI are part of the University of Granada, considered as the third University in the Spanish Ranking of Universities and it is has been chosen as the best University in Europe by international students in 2016. Our team collaborates with groups from other countries such as USA (Berkeley Lab, and San Diego State University) Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, among others.

Project description:

Our research project, focuses on the use of different types of microorganisms in combination to improve the tolerance to drought of plants. We aim to use some types of actinobacteria in combination with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) for the protection of pepper, tomato, soy and corn plants from the damage produced by the lack of water. We try to establish the environmental factors restricting the use of such microorganisms in soils to facilitate the colonization of the plant by the microorganism. We are also interested in the genetic regulation of the process of colonization, as well as on the protection of the plant. We employ a multidisciplinary approach for such studies making use of microbiological tools, and OMICs such as metabolomics and transcriptomics.

Research Area:

  • Environment and Geosciences (ENV)
  • Life Sciences (LIFE).

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Maximino Manzanera (manzanera@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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