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

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    02/09/2021 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Daniel Espada from the Department of Theoretical Physics and Physics of the Cosmos 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 MobilityJulio SantiagoJulio SantiagoRule (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 Extragalactic Research Group in the Department of Theoretical Physics and the Cosmos at UGR focuses on Galaxy Evolution. It is currently composed of 8 professors and growing in a quite dynamic and international atmosphere. The main area of studies are the properties and the evolution of galaxies in a cosmological context, covering from interstellar medium and star formation of galaxies, to primordial magnetic fields and the microwave background radiation. The research experience of our group is both observational and theoretical. We have ample experience in astrophysical observations in a wide range of wavelengths, their data reduction and analysis. In addition, some members of our team work in theoretical aspects and in numerical simulations of the structure and dynamics of galaxies.

In the team there are active users of telescopes such as ALMA, JVLA, NOEMA and IRAM 30m, among others. In particular we have wide experience with ALMA, from proposal preparation to data processing with the pipeline, and its archive. The research projects we suggest below are sustained by data of over 20 accepted proposals (with 8 as PI) through competitive process, including participation in a 100hr Large Program on a high-z galaxy survey.

The department is close to two leading astrophysical research centres in Granada, which might also be source of synergies with researchers there: the institute of mm radio astronomy (IRAM) which operates the 30m telescope in Pico Veleta, and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

Project description:

The research project focuses on the origin and evolution of galaxies through cosmic times since the Big Bang, by studying their interstellar medium (ISM) and star formation (SF), and how these properties relate to their local and large scale environments. Enormous progress is being done on this front thanks to the ALMA observatory, the world’s most prominent facility for mm/submm astronomy. Peering deep into space, ALMA can efficiently detect molecular gas and dust in galaxies in the early universe.

The applications can be related to any of the following topics, which are aligned with past research performed by members of the group and data obtained through competitive process, in close collaboration with other researchers worldwide:

1. What were the galaxy properties when they were being formed? We aim to probe the evolution of the neutral gas mass density and cosmic SF history, as well as the properties of galaxies near the Epoch of Reionisation.

2. Nature versus nurture: Galaxy interactions are among the most important mechanisms modifying the properties of galaxies, especially because the merger rate is higher in the early universe. We aim to investigate the ISM properties of galaxies by taking into account local and large-scale environments, from isolated galaxies to the densest regions.

3. Internal processes: Active Galactic Nuclei and Starbursts. Cold gas plays a central role in feeding and regulating SF and growth of supermassive black holes in galaxy nuclei. Powerful activity occurs when interactions of gas-rich galaxies funnel large amounts of gas into their nuclei. We investigate how feedback regulates the evolution of galaxies.

Research Area:

  • Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Daniel Espada (despada@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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