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

Professor Sonia Raquel Gámiz Fortis, 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 carring 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.

Project description

The research line is devoted to the study of the climate variability and change impacts on available water resources at the regional and local scales in areas considered vulnerable and sensitive to many of the projected climate changes. The study of climate variability and the establishment of relations between the most significant climate variables is crucial for understanding the causal mechanisms of such climate variability, and to try to generate statistical prediction models, needed to be ahead of their climate impacts, particularly on the water resources.

In this sense, while the advances have been spectacular, especially at regional scale in same areas of the world, such models are limited both in its ability to adequately reproduce the climate and in its predictive ability in other regions. One way to address the problem is to relate the data of different climatic variables using statistical methods, because although the climate system is not deterministic, it is clear that past values of a time series could contain useful information for understanding the behaviour of climate and to predict future values.

Previous studies carried out by GFAT support our experience in such topics, particularly at South American countries and the Mediterranean area.

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 Sonia Raquel Gámiz Fortis (srgamiz@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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