Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

    01/09/2018 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Project Office
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Professor, from the Department of Plant Physiology 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).

Our main goal is to study the effects and responses to environmental factors in the symbiotic interaction between soil bacteria and legumes in order to improve the efficiency of biological nitrogen fixation under stress conditions.

The Nitrogen Fixation Group of the University of Granada is particularly interested in study the impact of soil salinity on the rizobium-legume symbiosis, since this factor is responsible of the reduction of productivity of many crops in the Mediterranean regions, among which are included legumes. In addition, legumes are good candidate species for the restoration of unproductive soils due to their capacity to fix atmospheric nitrogen and incorporate it to the soil.

Most of our studies address the involvement of hormones and growth regulators, such as abcisic acid, brassinosteroids or polyamines, in the alleviation of the negative effects caused by salinity on the symbiosis and the biological nitrogen fixation process. In our studies utilize molecular and biochemical approaches in order to identify genes and molecules suitable as stressmarkers that will allow to increase the knowledge of the mechanisms behind the stress resistance of this important process. In addition we have used genetically modified rhizobial strains with the aim to determine their contribution towards the symbiosis stress resistance. We take advantage of Medicago truncatula and Lotus japonicus as model legumes and we apply our knowledge to the study of traditional grain legumes such as Phaseolus vulgaris or Medicago sativa.

-Rhizobium-legume symbiosis: biological nitrogen fixation.

-Physiological, biochemical and molecular aspects of salt stress in the symbiosis model Medicagotruncatula-Sinorhizobiummeliloti and Lotus japonicus-Mesorhizobium loti as well as in other grain and forage legumes of agricultural interest.

-Nodule carbon and nitrogen metabolism.

-Markers of oxidative stress in response to salinity in the rhizobium-legume symbiosis.

-Symbiosis versus pathogenesis during the initial stages of the symbiosis establishment.

-Use of the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis for the recovery of degraded or contaminated soils.

Research Area:


  • Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV)
  • Life Sciences (LIF)

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

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)