Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Stomatology – Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry

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

Professor Miguel Padiel-Molina, from the Department of Stomatology – Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry 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).The UGR ranks in the section 151-200 in the area of “Dentistry and Oral Sciences”, the third in Spain.

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.In Dentistry, the Stanford Ranking includes 5 of our researchers, the highest number in Spain within the same institution.

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:

Our research group “Oral Biology and Regeneration”, coordinated by Prof. Galindo-Moreno (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6614-6470), is currently focused on the evaluation of the mechanisms underlying the interaction between masticatory function and brain support and prevention of cognitive loss (https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT02986386). In combination with previously existing literature, we now know that the link between mastication and cognition exists. We are applying new tools and strategies to validate the biological mechanisms of the connection.

The members of the research group are experienced in Dentistry, Pathology, Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence. In addition, we have appointed 3 laboratory technicians working within the group. We also have access to many of the most advanced technologies in the field. We also collaborate with Prof. Francisco O’Valle (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9207-2287) and Prof. Andres Catena (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0775-5751). As a consequence, we have developed an extensive research record and gained international visibility and impact. As an example, we collaborate actively with partners within Europe as well as North and South America. Applicants from any of those areas are welcomed.

Project description:

We intend to incorporate a motivated researcher highly interested in a specific topic: the interaction between mastication and cognition. The plan is to continue with our ongoing clinical studies in which we are evaluating patients with different masticatory conditions before and after occlusal restoration from the perspective of brain activity and cognitive status. We intend to collect enough data from biological fluids, occlusal and oral status, and brain and cognitive activities, to allow us to develop machine learning algorithms for early diagnosis and prognosis. Thus, an applicant with knowledge and experience in artificial intelligence, animal and basic research, as well as clinical research related to the topic will be welcomed. The global aim of these studies is to propose oral health and masticatory restoration through dental implants as a tool for helping in the prevention of cognitive loss.

Research Area:

  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Miguel Padial-Molina (mipadial@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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