Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Atmospheric Lab.

    01/07/2020 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Lucas Alados Arboledas, from the Department of Atmospheric Lab at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The 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://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The Atmospheric Physics Group (GFAT) of the Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (IISTA) focus its research activity on the study of the atmosphere, the Earth’s surface and their interactions using remote sensing and in-situ techniques. The group has a good experience in the study of aerosol, clouds and their interaction. GFAT, operates the Andalusian Global ObseRvatory of the Atmosphere (AGORA), located in Southern Spain, that includes the UGR station (37° 9'49.21"N, 3°36'17.94"W, 680 m asl), located in Granada and the high mountain station Sierra Nevada Station, SNS, (37° 5'27"N, 3°22'54"W, 2600 m asl). AGORA favors integrated atmospheric studies by using a broad range of instrumentation from active and passive remote sensing to a variety of in-situ methodologies. Located in the most meridian sector of the European continent near the African coast allows a detailed analysis of the Saharan dust prior to be mixed in highly polluted areas of Europe and the use of a high mountain stations allow the detection of the impact of the anthropogenic aerosol (originated at the city of Granada) contribution modulated for the daily and seasonal cycle of the Planetary Boundary Layer. AGORA offers a unique combination of remote sounding and in-situ techniques at different elevations, allowing the validation of vertical profiles of aerosol and cloud microphysical properties retrieved by inversion of remote sensing data acquired at the valley level and for PBL-free troposphere interactions studies. AGORA is part of ACTRIS (Aerosol Cloud and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure).

Project description

The candidate will be involved in the CLARIN project, funded by the Spanish MEIC. The GENERAL OBJETIVE of this project is contributing to increasing the knowledge of the role of the atmospheric aerosol in the Earth’s climate, thus reducing the uncertainties associated to Cloud, Aerosol, Radiation Interaction. This objective requires consolidating and optimizing the capabilities of remote sensing atmospheric profiling that will contribute to improvements in the investigation of aerosols, clouds, and their interactions, with high vertical and temporal resolution throughout the troposphere. Furthermore it is crucial to use in-situ approaches that are really appropriate in high mountain sites where it is possible to develop measurements in-cloud at a reliable cost.


  1. Exploring different alternatives for the study of aerosol cloud interaction, ACI, using ground based remote sensing. This will include the characterization of the atmospheric aerosol and the clouds using a combination of active and passive remote sensing instruments.
  2. Study ACI by in-situ aerosol and cloud measurements at a high mountain observatory. The singularity of the high mountain observatory in Sierra Nevada will be exploited in order to perform in-cloud studies of ACI.
  3. Use the combination of different remote sensing techniques for the study of the changes in the aerosol optical properties in the so-called twilight zone, including the characterization of the columnar volume size distribution on the atmospheric aerosols in the vicinity of clouds.

Research Area

Environment and Geosciences (ENV) and Physics (PHY)

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

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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