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

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    30/10/2018 14:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Mercedes Monteoliva Sánchez, from the Department of

Microbiology 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 research group, BIO-190 “Halophilic Microorganisms and Environment Bioremediation”, has spent a long period of time to the study of microorganisms extremophiles, and has, among other work, several approaches to knowledge of a variety of saline environments. In the last few years several saline environments have been investigated in relation to the halophilic population, such as:

- The Salar de Atacama (Chile), with the description of the new species Halorubrum tebenquichense, and also isolated from this extreme environment, was described the new species of moderate halophilic bacteria Chromohalobacter nigrandesensis.

- The Ezzemoul sabkha (indoor salt water lagoon located to the north of Algeria) in which we have studied his extreme halophilic community, with the description of the new halophilic archaea Halorubrum ezzemoulense and Halomicrobium katessi, a new extreme halophilic bacteria, Salicola salis and the new moderate halophilic bacteria Halomonas sabkhae and Marinobacter oulmenensis.

- The solar saline of Natural Park of Cabo de Gata (Almería), with the description of a new species of moderate halophilic bacteria, as Chromohalobacter indalinina and Halomonas salarius

- The salted lagoon of Fuente de Piedra (Málaga) with the description of the new moderate halophilic bacteria Marinobacter lacisalsi and the extreme halophilic archaea Halobellus ramosii

- The solar interior of the La Malahá (Granada), with the description of the a new haloalcalophilic bacteria, Alkalibacillus almallahense.

In relation to all these studies the research group has been funded with several national and international research Projects.

Project description

MICROBIAL DIVERSITY IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS IN SIERRA NEVADA NATIONAL PARK: ARCHAEA AND COMPOUNDS WITH BIOTECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATION. The objetive of these research project is to obtain information of the extremophile microorganism population that are at different extreme environments in Sierra Nevada National Park , using a combination of cultivation techniques, chemotaxonomic studies and molecular biology methods, as sequencing. The study will allow a better understanding of microbial diversity and specifically the psychrotolerant archaea poorly characterized so far, and also a first approximation to the properties of biotechnological application for which can be exploited new products from the microorganisms isolated and characterized in the study. Specifically look for enzymes that can act at low temperatures and the study of membrane lipids to form liposomes, with application option in the field of food technology, nutrition and biopharmaceuticals products.

Research Area

  • Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Mercedes Monteoliva Sánchez (mmonteol@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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