Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Department of Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group

    01/09/2018 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Manuel Díez-Minguito, from the Department of Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for an Athenea3i Research Fellowship in 2018 at this University. The information about the Fellowship conditions, how to apply, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Evaluation Process, etc. is available in https://athenea3i.ugr.es/. Please note that applicants must comply with the Eligibility Criteria (https://athenea3i.ugr.es/?page_id=23).  

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 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 (http://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group of the University of Granada is an interdisciplinary, high-performance team comprised of six professors and more than twenty researchers including Post-Docs, PhD and MS students. Our mission is to gain fundamental knowledge of the ocean-atmosphere-land interactions to provide creative solutions to social challenges in a changing world. Outstanding research lines are the study of physical and biogeochemical processes in shelf seas, estuaries, and beaches; the integrated management and risk analysis of coastal environments, catchment areas, and structures; and the numerical, experimental, and analytical modelling of marine and freshwater systems.

Project description


Estuaries are identified as the most productive coastal systems; but are also one of the most vulnerable in environmental, social and economic terms. In the past decades, the scientific knowledge of the physical and biotic processes that support and explain its environmental richness has been greatly enhanced. However, progress has not been the same for the management of the estuaries. Faced with an increasing use and demands and under the scenario of global change, estuaries are managed in an uncoordinated way and without suitable tools to forecast the consequences of management plans that take into account their uncertainty and risk. This employs important economic resources. In addition, it increases the risk of water quality degradation, loss of water and ecosystem resources, loss of social and productive fabric and therefore it could not meet with the European directives requirements.

A prototypical system of said conflicts can be found in the Guadalquivir Estuary (SO Spain). The transformations that take place in this system, unrelated to natural dynamics, continue to increase. This estuary shows the traces of river control, dredging and occupation of intertidal zones for agricultural, industrial and urban services. This leads, among other consequences, to the persistence of extreme episodes of turbidity and toxicity that severely reduce its productivity.

Within this framework, and using the estuary of the Guadalquivir as study area, the main aim of this project is to provide optimal solutions, with the associated uncertainty and risk, to specific management problems. The solutions will have to comply with the restrictions imposed regarding legal and environmental issues (e.g., Water Framework Directive), or by socio-economic aspects (e.g., port activity performance).

In order to obtain optimal solutions, the key criteria for the adopted management strategy are stablished and stochastic optimization problems are formulated corresponding in the appropriate scales. The response by stretches of the estuary, given in terms of a set of physical and biogeochemical variables, is obtained by means of the numerical solution of morpho-hydrodynamic and transport mathematical models. This requires simulating single- or multi-variable time-series that describe the variability of the short-, medium-, and long-term forcing agents. This multi-criteria stochastic analysis aims to analyze, for example, different strategies of dredging, regulation of flow rates, drying and flooding of tidal channels and mitigation of the effects of climate change. This objective, especially in relation to the modeling of biogeochemical processes coupled to abiotic forcings and its use in multicriteria analysis techniques for management risk assessment and decision making, is innovative.

This project will be carried out jointly with the project “Multi-criteria analysis for physical and biotic risk assessment in estuaries” (PIRATES), granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science.

Research Area

  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Physics and Mathematics (PHY-MAT)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Manuel Díez-Minguito (mdiezm@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)