QCEXVAL

The Quantum Chemistry of the Excited State – Universitat de València (QCEXVAL) group is part of the Theoretical Chemistry Unit at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMOL). The group was founded by Dr. Manuela Merchán and led in the past by Dr. Luis Serrano-Andrés. It is currently coordinated by Dr. Daniel Roca-Sanjuán.

The QCEXVAL group is currently devoted to the use of Quantum Chemistry of the Excited Electronic State to determine chemical mechanisms of relevance in areas such as biology, nanotechnology, medicine and atmospheric chemistry. In the last years the group has published several articles and book chapters in prestigious journals such as Nature Communications, Chemical Reviews, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemical Science and Chemistry – A European Journal. The group leader has also received the 2018 Promising Scientist Prize of the Centre de Mécanique Ondulatoire Apliquée (CMOA).

For further information visit the group webpage http://qcexval.uv.es/

The University of Valencia is implementing since 2017 the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R),this seal recognizes the University’s ability to attract talent, create a favourable work conditions, encourage research and enhance the careers of researchers in Europe: https://www.uv.es/hrs4r/en/human-resources-strategy-researchers-hrs4r-.html

The research line of the QCEXVAL group corresponds to the Computational Photochemistry and Chemiluminescence of Molecular Systems of Interest in Biology, Nanotechnology, Medicine and Atmospheric Chemistry. The researcher will use quantum-chemistry methodologies able to accurately determine the electronic structure of excited electronic states, mainly those based on CASSCF and CASPT2 methods. Such methods shall be efficiently combined with DFT and TDDFT methodologies for a fast screening. For modelling large-size systems, quantum mechanics / molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (QM/MM MD) approaches will also be employed. Photochemical reaction paths will be determined by using Minimum Energy Path computations and semiclassical/quantum dynamics simulations.

The research topics that the researcher will be able to choose are DNA damage by UV light and reactive oxygen/nitrogen species, DNA repair mechanisms, photosensitization in photodynamic therapy for the treatment of cancer, characterization of photochemical processes of interest in solar cells, molecular rotors and luminescent materials, chemical properties of the bioluminescence of firefly luciferin and related processes, excited-states origin of non-resolved pathologies of interest in Molecular Medicine or atmospheric cycle of mercury.

Documents to be submitted by the candidates:

– Curriculum vitae

– Letter of motivation

– Two recommendation letters

Margarita Salas and Maria Zambranos grant

These grants are part of the European Recovery Instrument, set out in component 21 of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan: “Modernisation and digitalisation of the education system”. Specifically, and as far as investments are concerned, they aim, on the one hand, for the requalification of the Spanish university system and, on the other, for its modernisation and digitalisation

  • Margarita Salas grants for the training of young doctors

Grants for the training of young doctors through training stays of two or three years in either a Spanish public university or foreign universities and research centres other than the one at which their doctoral degree was obtained, as well as in Spanish Public Research Organisations, as long as the last year of the stay is carried
out in a Spanish public university.A t least 50% of the budgetary allocation of this call will be allocated to the awarding of this type of grant, for which 30 grants are initially announced.

Requirments:

  • Possession of a doctoral degree obtained within a maximum of two years from the closing date of the application submission period

Grant Conditions:

  • The amount available for each grant of this type will be €2,800
  • A single payment of a maximum of €3,500  for travel expenses and accident and civil liability insurance
  • The duration of the employment contract will be two or three years
  • In the event that the third year of the stay is spent at the UV, the recipient may be authorised to teach up to a maximum of 60 hours per academic year.

Formalization and Deadline:

  • Applications, addressed to the Research Management Service, must be submitted in the electronic registry through the online office of the University of Valencia, making use of the general application form, accessed with the following link: https://webges.uv.es/uvEntreuWeb/#/login?idform=EXPSOLP2U
  • The instructions for applying are in document “Guide for the submission of applications for
    participation in the call for grants for the requalification of the Spanish university system”
  • The application submission period will be open to 8 September at 14:00 h

All information is availaible in the following link: https://webges.uv.es/uvTaeWeb/DescargarAnuncio.do?codigo=ANUNCIO-S148-2021-2589

  • María Zambrano grants to attract international talent.

The purpose of these grants is to attract teaching and research staff with postdoctoral careers developed in foreign universities or research centres to Spanish public universities.
These grants will be aimed at teaching and research staff of Spanish nationality or from another country with an accumulated postdoctoral career of not less than twenty-four months in universities or research centres in Spain or outside of Spain other than that of the doctoral thesis defence for those developing research projects in universities or research centres outside of Spain. Initially, a minimum of 10% of the budgetary allocation will be allocated to this type of grant for the awarding of 15 grants.

Requirements:

  • Be teaching or research staff, of Spanish nationality or from another country with an accumulated postdoctoral career of not less than twenty-four months from the closing date for the submission of applications

Grant Conditions:

  • The amount available for each grant of this modality will be €4,000
  • A single payment of a maximum of €3,500  for travel expenses and accident and civil liability insurance
  • The duration of the employment contract will be two or three years
  • In the event that the third year of the stay is spent at the UV, the recipient may be authorised to teach up to a maximum of 60 hours per academic year.

Formalization and Deadline:

  • Applications, addressed to the Research Management Service, must be submitted in the electronic registry through the online office of the University of Valencia, making use of the general application form, accessed with the following link: https://webges.uv.es/uvEntreuWeb/#/login?idform=EXPSOLP2U
  • The instructions for applying are in document “Guide for the submission of applications for
    participation in the call for grants for the requalification of the Spanish university system”
  • The application submission period will be open to 8 September at 14:00 h

All information is availaible in the following link: https://webges.uv.es/uvTaeWeb/DescargarAnuncio.do?codigo=ANUNCIO-S148-2021-2589

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