Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: MSCA-IF 2017 at the Department of Microbiology

    01/09/2018 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Project Office
    Promotion & Advisory Unit

Professor Elisabet Aranda Ballesteros, from the Department of Microbiology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in this university. Applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information in the participant guide: http://sl.ugr.es/097k).

The Institute of Water Research is a center that belongs to the University of Granada and serves as workplace of a multidisciplinary research teams. Students from many countries are formed as PhD, as well as from the University itself. The Institute constant input from internationally recognized researchers from the EU and other parts of the world, thus representing an ideal International Institution to exchange ideas across a wide range of disciplines as well as to establish cooperation with many other institutions. The research group Environmental Microbiology was created in 1993 at the Universidad de Granada, agglutinating a multidisciplinary team of specialists in biology, microbiology, civil engineering and pharmacy. Since its creation, the group is devoted to the study of the role of microorganisms in the removal of different pollutants as well as in the technologies for water treatment and reuse, with particular emphasis on advanced treatment systems (fixed/moving bed biofilms and membrane bioreactors) as alternatives to the conventional activated sludge-based processes. Research conducted in the last ten years has been focused to evaluate the effect of different xenobiotic compounds (hydrocarbons, pesticides, dyes, phenolic compounds, fuel oxygenates, detergents and emerging contaminants) and heavy metals on the enzymatic activities and microbial population dynamics of the communities developed in both engineered systems and soils, by combining classical microbiology and molecular microbial ecology approaches (PCR, qPCR, TGGE, FISH, NGS). 

The research line is focused on fungal biodegradation. The main objective is to explore the potential of the microorganisms isolated from direct contaminated sources and to use them to determine protocols for testing the bio treatability of different polluted areas. We are focused on aromatic compounds such as priority pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) as well as emerging contaminants such as pharmaceutical compounds. The microorganisms dwelling polluted areas may have developed alternative enzymatic systems to degrade and chemically modify aromatic compounds or chemical structures that are present in contaminated areas, as we have already demonstrated. The research line is particularly focused on fungal metabolic degradation pathways, and the study of catabolic genes, which are yet to be completely understood, particularly in the case of filamentous fungi belonging to the phylum Ascomycota. To do that, reliable procedures and experimental techniques for studying the biodegradation of xenobiotic compounds are employed such as microbial transformation, enzymes determination and purification, chemical analyses. In addition, we develop, adapt and apply genomic tool for our research such as NGS techniques, transcriptomic and proteomics techniques with special interest in filamentous fungi. However, other significant microorganisms are also investigated. By achieving said goal, we develop suitable technologies related to the treatment of polluted wastewaters, sewage sludge, agricultural soils and technologies related to recycling and waste management. 

Research Area:

  • Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV) 

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

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)