Expression of Interest

Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Eulogio Castro Galiano
  • Email:


Department / Institute / Centre

  • Address: Campus Las Lagunillas s/n, 23071, Jaén (Spain)
  • Province: Jaén

Research Area

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Jaén (UJA) is an EHEA medium-sized Spanish public university (some 16000 students and almost 1000 lecturers) that was established in 1993 and is organized into 6 main Schools/Faculties (Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Work, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and two Schools of Engineering). In addition to its 124 research groups, the University of Jaén is proud of its 4 Advanced Research Centers (Earth Sciences, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Olive Oil Research and Development, and Computational Sciences) and of its Institute on Iberian Archaeology Research. Moreover, UJA is integrated into a university network recognized as Campus of International Excellence in the fields of Agrifood (CEIA3), Climate Change (CamBio) and Historical Heritage (PatrimoniUN10).

UJA permanently welcomes new foreign research proposals as part of a conscious effort to increase its international profile and widen both its knowledge and its horizons.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

The research activity of the Group “Chemical and Environmental Engineering” covers a range of topics including:

-Biorefinery from lignocellulosic residues

Use of forest, agricultural and agroindustrial residues as feedstock for the production of biofuels and other chemicals. Fractionation of biomass. Fermentation of hemicellulosic sugars.

-Removal of heavy metal from liquid effluents

Biosorption of heavy metals, particularly using microorganisms isolated from wastewater. Batch and continuous tests. Interaction metal-microorganism.

-New ceramic materials from agroindustrial residues

Valorisation of agricultural and industrial residues as raw material for new, sustainable ceramic materials. Technological characterization of the new building materials.

-Oil and fats technology. Olive oil

Study of improvement in the olive oil production process to increase oil yield and oil organoleptic features. Valorisation of the residues of the olive oil factory. Environmental issues.

Project description:

We are interested in incorporating a post doctoral researcher to work in the development of the biorefinery concept based on agricultural residues. The main activities will be the pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation for ethanol production, but also the study of the production of other added-value compounds such as xylitol, natural antioxidants, oligosaccharides and so on.

The Research Group is well-equipped technically and enjoys an extensive international relationship with other groups.

This is an opportunity to join a young, multinational research team composed by chemists, chemical engineers, economists, and environmentalists working in an exciting topic.


CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (250 words) by 15th June 2018

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