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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Teaching and School Organization

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Professor María Pilar Cáceres Reche, from the Department of Teaching and School Organization 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:

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 (, 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 ( 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 (, most of them related to the Computer Science scientific area. It is also well recognized for its web presence (, 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 group LEADER (SEJ-604), coordinated by Mª Pilar Cáceres Reche, that comes from the research group AREA (HUM-672) of the University of Granada, (Spain).

AREA was created in 1998, which means an experience and research trajectory of its members, of more than twenty years, composed of professionals in the educational field, researchers and with a large number of personnel in training (scholarship holders); being in turn the second group of the whole University of Granada, which receives more funding from Andalusian Research, Development and Innovation Plan (PAIDI) of the Junta de Andalucía, whose purpose is framed in the analysis and intervention in any educational context, with a large and numerous scientific production of more than 1000 publications. LEADER group arises in 2017, as a research group whose interest is focused on the in-depth study, from a greater specialization, of one of the lines of AREA, such as leadership, development and educational research, backed by empirical evidence of its members, with more than 400 publications, projects and external collaborators from different universities and countries (United States, Portugal, United Kingdom, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, between others) (URL:*/groups/fiche…).

Project description:

We are dealing various lines of researching, educational and organisational improvement, from the interrelation of two fundamental axes: leadership and the dynamisation of institutions, taking into account different intrinsic variables (gender, role in the institution, etc.) and extrinsic variables (contextual and organisational diversity and typologies, etc.). As well as from educational innovation and research focused on the methodological adaptation to the European Convergence Area, through the use of active methodologies (blended learning, flipped learning, etc.) and the integration of ICT in the university context. This means contributing to the efficiency, transformation and management of knowledge, from emerging pedagogical models, which translate into motivating and active teaching and learning processes, taking into account both personal and organisational factors (management and leadership), as well as technological resources and innovative methodologies, for the competence development of students through the transfer of what they have learnt to their daily lives (Project Reference 100-2020).

In this context of changes, especially in a situation of global pandemic (COVID19), it is essential to know how to lead and lead oneself in order to successfully face the future of organisations, from an international perspective; therefore, LEADER coordinates the Ibero-American Network of Leadership and Educational Practices (RILPE) (www.rilpe. org), sponsored by AUIP (2019), made up of more than 20 Ibero-American countries and 100 members, as well as Spain and Portugal, focused on strengthening, sharing and collaborating through networking scientific events, resources and research projects focused on leadership as a factor of quality and its impact on the educational quality of institutions.

Research Area:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor María Pilar Cáceres Reche (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)