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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Physical Education and Sport.

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Professor Palma Chillón Garzón, from the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) in 2022 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (for more information about the 2022 call, please consult:

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR) was founded in 1531 and is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6,000 members of staff, the UGR offers over 70 undergraduate degrees, 100 master’s degrees (9 of which are international double degrees) and 28 doctoral programmes via its 127 departments and 22 centers. Accordingly, 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 institution’s commitment to continuously improving its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also internationally renowned for its excellence in diverse research fields and ranked among the top Spanish universities in a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, and international funding.

The UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The 2021 edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the second 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 of this prestigious ranking by specialties ( A little lower in the ranking, the UGR also stands out in Mathematics (76-100) and Mining & Mineral Engineering (76-100).

Additionally, the UGR has 7 researchers who are at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list (, most of these related to the area of Computer Science. It is also well recognized for its web presence (, being positioned at 54th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, the University of Granada is firmly committed to its 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 for FP7 a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 119 projects with a total funding of around 29.233 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The PROFITH research group (no. CTS-977) is a young, enthusiastic and highly competitive group. Our overall goal is to advance the current scientific knowledge in a way that contributes to create a healthier society by means of examining the beneficial effects of physical activity on individuals’ health with and without disease and of any age.

Our main research lines/interests are:

- Active commuting: methods, determinants and consequences

- Epidemiology of physical activity and health

- Assessment of physical fitness

- Assessment of physical activity and sleep

- Exercise’s effects on brown adipose tissue, insulin resistance and obesity

- Exercise’s effects on cognitive performance, academic achievement, and brain structure and function


Project description:

The project is based on the research line “active commuting and built environment” in young people and is funded by “Junta de Andalucia” in Spain (Ref: B-CTS-160-UGR20), conducted from 2021-2023.

Low physical activity levels and a high sedentary time determine unhealthy lifestyles among children and adolescents. Active modes of commuting to school (i.e. walking or cycling) might be a daily source of physical activity. Young people who walk or cycle to school have higher physical activity levels, better cardiorespiratory fitness and there is evidence about a better academic performance compared to those who use passive modes of commuting.

Furthermore, personal, social and built environmental factors determine the behaviour of active commuting to school, and studies compiling these factors are lacking to provide a better comprehension. In the current project, personal variables -such as psychosocial variables related to the self-determination theory and sociodemographic, healthy behaviours and perceptions data-, social variables –such as parent´s sociodemographics, behaviours and perceptions data and school characteristics- and built environment–such as the school neighborhood, home neigborhood and the attributes of the route home-school and even weather data, are being collected.

The current project pretends two aims: a) to analyse the association of the built environment (i.e., school, home and route home-school) with physical activity, sedentary time and mode of commuting to school of the adolescents, b) to analyze the personal, social and built enviromental correlates of active modes of commuting to school.

The provided results in the current project will offer broad and entire view of the behaviour of active commuting to school that does not exist nowadays in our context. These results will guide policy makers to implement succesfull strategies to promote active commuting to school behaviours and may be a public health strategy for benefing a society with higher health levels and, in general, higher quality of life.


Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
  • Environment and Geosciences (ENV)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Palma Chillón Garzón (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)