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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Zoology

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Professor Juan Diego Ibáñez-Álamo from the Department of Zoology 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:, 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) ( 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 (, 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:


Dr. J.D. Ibáñez-Álamo is member of the Animal Behaviour and Ecology group, which is formed by 4 permanent, 2 non-permanent researcher and 3 PhD students. In the years 2015-2020, the group secured a total of 7 research projects (953K€) from different national and international sources. The scientific output of these 5 years is 79 scientific papers in JCR journals. In addition, 1 book (Oxford University Press) and 6 book chapters were published and 24 contributions to international conferences were presented by members of the group. A total of 4 PhD and 14 MSc theses were successfully supervised in different national and international universities.

This multidisciplinary group is focused in the study of animal interactions and their evolution. It has three main research lines. Dr. M. Soler (H-index 50, 8396 citations) leads the research in parent-offspring interactions and brood parasitism. His studies on animal behavior are classic examples in national and international teaching books. Dr. M. Martín-Vivaldi (H-index 29, 2346 citations) leads the research in animal-microbes interactions, a research frontier in current Biology. His multidisciplinary studies with the Eurasian Hoopoe and its ecological and evolutionary interactions with microbes have become classic examples of bird-microbes interactions. Dr. T. Perez-Contreras (H-index 24, 1640 citations) leads the research in birds-insects interactions, with a special focus on animal behavior. Dr. J.D. Ibáñez-Álamo (H-index 22, 2565 citations) leads the research in human-nature interactions, particularly in urban ecology.

Project description:

Dr. J.D. Ibáñez-Álamo investigates on animal interactions. Currently, his main research line focuses on human-nature interactions, particularly in the context of urban ecology. He investigates three main aspects within this topic: (1) biodiversity effects (Ibáñez-Álamo et al. 2017 Glob. Chang. Biol.; Ibáñez-Álamo et al. 2020a STOTEN); (2) ecophysiological effects (Ibáñez-Álamo et al. 2018 Biol. Lett.; Ibáñez-Álamo et al. 2020b STOTEN); and (3) behavioral changes (Ibáñez-Álamo & Soler 2010 Biol. J. Linn. Soc.). He explores these questions using different scales, from local to global, and approaches that includes experiments, observational and comparative (multispecific) analyses. He uses birds as his main model system, but is starting to work with urban insects too (recent MSCA fellow under his supervision). Most of his studies have been carried out in Europe, but he is increasingly becoming interested in cities from tropical regions, and consequently a big part of his current studies focuses now on these areas. In addition to human-nature interactions, he also works with other types of intraspecific (parent-offspring; Ibáñez-Álamo et al. 2018 Anim. Behav.) and interspecific animal interactions (predator-prey, brood parasitism and host-microbes –Ibáñez-Álamo et al. 2015 J. Ornithol.; Ibáñez-Álamo et al. 2019 Plos One–), all of them having the nests of birds as focal system (e.g. nest sanitation, nest design and nest predation). He is convinced that collaborative work allows responding many more interesting questions than working alone, therefore he carries out most of his studies with multiple international collaborators.

Research Area:

  • Environment and Geosciences (ENV)
  • Life Sciences (LIFE)


For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Juan Diego Ibáñez-Álamo (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)