Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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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 María Jesús Esteban Parra, from the Department of Applied Physics 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 Atmospheric Physics Group of the University of Granada (GFAT) is devoted to the characterization of climatic variability in the Iberian Peninsula at seasonal, inter-annual and decadal scales, including the study of its primary sources. Particularly, the variability of Iberian river flows are studied, separating the low- and high-frequency components and exploring the viability of the seasonal and annual forecasting of the streamflows. The role of the Atlantic Ocean’s seasonal SST, the NAO and the ENSO in streamflow forecasting have been analysed.

Currently, we are carrying out climate change simulations for Iberian river flows by applying both statistical and dynamical downscaling techniques. These downscaling are used to obtain streamflow projections based on downscaled GCM outputs under different climate change scenarios for the 21st century and hydrological models as the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model. Additionally we are interested in the analysis of other components of the hydrological cycle, as the soil moisture and evapotranspiration.

The research activity of the group has been founded by 15 projects (regional, national and international). The formation capacity of the group is endorsed by the 9 Ph. D. theses and 40 Master theses that have been supervised by members of the group.

Project description

The research line is the analysis of the impacts of climate change on water resources. Particularly we are interested in obtaining projections of climate change through dynamical and statistical downscaling techniques, with particular interest in aspects related to the hydrological cycle. In this line of research, the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) mesoscale model and hydrological models, such as the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model are used. These models provide an added value in the study of extreme phenomena, such as drought, and other hydrological variables such as streamflow and runoff. The analysis of this added value is a key aspect for an improved knowledge on hydrological cycle and an adequate water resources management.

Research Area

  • Environmental Sciences and Chemistry (ENV-CHE)
  • Physics and Mathematics (PHY-MAT)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor María Jesús Esteban Parra (esteban@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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