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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Theoretical and Cosmos Physics

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    30/11/2021 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Inmaculada Serrano Bermejo, from the Department of Theoretical and Cosmos Physics 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:

The Andalusian Institute of Geophysics (http://iagpds.ugr.es) is a UGR research institute that brings together researchers from several areas including Physics and Geology, with a common interest in Geophysics and especially in Seismology. It is a small but well consolidated group, comprising about fifteen researchers, eight technicians, and a variable number of graduate students and postdocs. The Institute maintains strong links and collaborations with researchers in Spain and elsewhere. Currently, the main research lines include Applied Geophysics, Seismic Engineering and Hazards Prevention, Structure of the Earth, Seismo-tectonics, and Volcano Seismology. The group has an outstanding research record with more than 400 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals, about a hundred public-funded research projects and contracts, scores of PhD Theses, etc. The Institute runs the Andalusian Seismic Network, a dense seismic network composed by ~25 seismic stations distributed around Southern Spain. This network complements the National Seismic Network and sets this seismically active region among the best-monitored areas, opening a variety of opportunities for research. Additionally, the Institute has a pool of seismic instruments for temporary projects and experiments. In recent years, these experiments included intensive deployments in Southern Iberia, and the study of the structure and dynamics of active volcanos all over the world, from the Canary Islands and the Italian volcanoes Stromboli and Etna, to Deception Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region.

Project description:

The MSCA-IF fellow will work in Applied Geophysics methods (groung penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnetic (FEM) and active seismic) to understand the tectonic structures and their dynamics frameworks in the Betic Cordilleras (Southern Spain). Active faults in urban have a potential damage to citizens, because they can induce not only earthquakes, but also damage utilities, homes, businesses, factories and other significant structures. Consequently, the researches of detecting active faults are of great value. This Project proposes a set of geophysical methods to detect active faults by an example in Granada basin, including seismic reflection/refraction, radar and electromagnetic methods to locate faults and discuss their activities. In proposed methods, geophysical interpretation helps us obtain the distribution and characteristics of buried faults beneath the basin and characteristics of faults from the deep to shallow part; for instance, 3D seismic reflection interpretation shows the structure of faults in the three-dimensional subsurface and the interaction of each other. These methods can also be efficiently used for monitoring temporal changes related to the time evolution of tectonic activity. This project focus on understanding the structure and dynamics of Granada basin and the regional tectonic setting in the Betic Cordilleras, Southern Spain. The Betic Cordillera and the Rif in Morocco are among the most important Alpine orogene of the western Mediterranean, which were built up as the responses to the convergence between the Eurasian and African plates. The Granada Basin is one of the most distinct intramountaineous basins of the Betic Cordillera, which is filled with sedimentary rocks lying over the External and Internal Zones, which constitute the basement of Granada Basin. In the basin and nearby there is a noticeable, generally moderate to very moderate seismicity, although in its southern sector occurred the so called ‘‘Andalusian Earthquake’’ (25/12/1884, Intensidad EMS-98=IX-X), the most important one known in the region. Also, other earthquakes of remarkable intensity occurred in this area.

Research Area:

  • Environment and Geosciences (ENV)
  • Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Inmaculada Serrano Bermejo (inmasb@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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