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Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Sleep and Health Promotion Laboratory

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    31/10/2018 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Gualberto Buela Casal, from the Sleep and Health Promotion Laboratory 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 Sleep and Health Promotion Laboratory, directed by Gualberto Buela Casal, is one of the research groups that comprise the Biotechnology Institute, which is one of the centers with higher scientific productivity of the University of Granada (UGR).

The Sleep and Health Promotion Laboratory is located in the Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), within the Campus of Cartuja of the UGR. The CIMCYC is a center for excellence in psychological research, where scientists coming from all areas of Psychology work, and there are available advance research techniques for the study of the relationships between mind, brain, and behavior. For instance, this center houses the Functional Magnetic Resonance unit of the University of Granada.

Our laboratory is recognized as a health center (N.I.C.A. 44722) and is considered the most modern and best equipped sleep laboratory in Europe. This laboratory has the Chair of Sleep Research, which was signed in collaboration UGR-LoMonaco Group. We are focused on exploring the sleep characteristics of people diagnosed with sleep disorders or suffering from other sleep disturbances or chronic diseases. We are also interested in analyzing how changes in external (noise, temperature, …) and internal (emotions, substances, pathologies, …) conditions affect sleep. The impact of sleep on people’s daily functioning and physical or psychological well-being makes sleep a priority research topic, and we count on diverse research tools (like polysomnography and actigraphy devices) to address its study in different populations.

Project description

Assessment of sleep disorders in different clinical and non-clinical populations:

We are constantly developing new research on sleep in very varied populations, and across different age ranges. For instance, two of the research lines on which we are currently working are the following:

  1. Impact of sleep on school and cognitive performance of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Prevalence of ADHD in childhood is around 5%, and a large number of children with this disorder suffered from sleep disturbances, which impact on these children’s quality of life. The goal of our research is to analyze the sleep problems that these children have, and how these problems affect their cognitive performance and school achievement, in comparison with their peers.
  2. Program training in healthy habits for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (SAHS): SAHS is a breathing-related sleep disorder which includes numerous nocturnal and diurnal symptoms, causing considerable negative repercussions on many aspects of people’s everyday life. The treatment of SAHS is crucial to prevent symptoms from getting worse. Beyond traditional medical treatments, the maintenance of appropriate sleep, feeding, and sport habits may help people with this sleep disorder to reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life. We are focused on helping these people to acquire and maintain such habits, as well as on assessing the efficacy of this alternative treatment for SAHS.

The candidate could be engaged in any of our current lines of research, and proposals for other sleep-related topics are also welcome.

Research Area

  • Economic Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (ECO-SOC)


  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Gualberto Buela Casal (gbuela@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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