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Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Department of Ecology

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    30/10/2018 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Isabel Reche, from the Department of Ecology 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

This group has several research lines:

Fluxes of greenhouse gases in reservoirs and wetlands

We are quantifying the fluxes of CO2, CH4, and N2O in saline wetlands and Mediterranean reservoirs. We selected reservoirs of different ages and located in contrasting landscapes and lithologies. We are exploring seasonal and daily variability. In the saline wetlands, we are paying special attention to the effects of guano inputs in denitrification and respiration.

Microbial biogeography

Most studies on the factors shaping bacterial community structure have been focused on substrate availability, and biological interactions. Only recently, geographical location is starting to be considered. This approach has a clear influence of macroecology considering dispersal as a key process.

Spectroscopic properties of dissolved organic matter: bio- and photo-reactivity in aquatic ecosystems

Dissolved organic matter in aquatic ecosystems includes a broad suite of optically active (chromophoric) compounds that play a significant role in the carbon cycling. We study processes as photobleaching, photomineralization and photohumification. We have focused on bacterial generation of chromophoric organic carbon as a tracer of refractory carbon mostly in the deep ocean.

Interface between dissolved and particulate organic matter: self-assembly, coalescence, coagulation, and sedimentation. Exopolymer particles as major components of particulate organic matter.

The abiotic transformation of DOM into POM by self-assembly, coalescence and/or changes in phase transitions is poorly known and represents an alternative carbon pathway to microbial loop. We are studying the chemical and environmental factors that regulate abiotic DOM-POM interface using the polymer gel theory as a theoretical framework.

Project description

“Wetlands and reservoirs as drivers of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles. Climatic Implications” is a Project to determine the fluxes of greenhouse gases (GHG; i.e. CO2, CH4, and N2O) in saline wetlands (marshes and endorheic lakes) and reservoirs. These ecosystems are prevalent and well integrated in the agricultural landscape of the South of the Iberian Peninsula as well as in the interface land-ocean. However, these ecosystem types (marshes, endorheic lakes and reservoirs) can differ substantially in their greenhouse gas budgets being sink or sources and, consequently, in their contributions to the atmospheric warming. These fluxes have temporal and spatial variability. We explore daily and seasonal changes in the GHG fluxes and variability associated to landscape properties. We are paying special attention to processes as methanogenesis in oxygenated waters and denitrification/nitrification linked to fertilizers in reservoirs or to guano inputs in wetlands.


Research Area

  • Environmental Sciences and Chemistry (ENV-CHE)


For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Isabel Reche (ireche@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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