Doctoral studies in Advances in Materials Engineering and Sustainable Energy


Become a qualified researcher in the field of Materials Engineering and Sustainable Energy under the supervision of world-wide acknowledged scientists

This doctoral programme falls in the lines of European research and innovation policies depicted in the Lund Declaration, which underlines the needs for improving the cooperation in Europe at the different scientific levels and a risk-tolerant and trust-based approach in research funding entailing actions for necessary changes in the Communities’ Financial Regulation and Rules for participation and dissemination. Advanced materials are considered to be highly relevant for technological developments in all application fields within the VII Framework Programme and in further EU strategic research plans. This doctoral programme gathers key disciplines to achieve a greater synergy in research training and innovation. Promoting research and development and exploiting the interdisciplinarity of materials science and engineering will ultimately lead to an improved potential to open new business opportunities and production routings. Advanced materials and sustainable energy are key facilitating technologies. Advances in these technologies will provide a solid background for sustainable and inclusive growth in our country and the European Union.

The characterization of materials, the methods of design, and the computer simulation techniques included within the research topics of the programme are also essential for a better understanding and control of materials. Other relevant issues such as integration of materials and technologies in a sustainable environment are also included in this doctoral programme.

In order to promote research on innovative materials for advanced applications, set of the topics included in this doctoral programme was selected on the basis of a novel and more effective in the long term approach aimed at strengthening synergies and multidisciplinarity: Materials Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies, Energy, and care of the Environment. The proposal is also supported by other cross-cutting disciplines aimed at strengthening the synergies and improving innovation in the disciplines above mentioned.

Andalucia holds 18% of the national production in the ceramic sector, and Jaen represents some 50% of the sector production within Andalucia. Therefore, in addition to meeting research needs, this programme also aims at fulfilling the demands for research, innovation and development in our socio-economic context and will also comply with the University of Jaen strategy for promotion of research activities linked to its socio-economic environment. Taking into account the fabric of the local economy, which includes a relevant ceramic industry as well as technology centers in the research areas of the programme (INOVARCILLA, ANDALTEC, CTAP, ...) and the commitment to the environment , this programme meets the research, innovation and development strategy Jaen University committed to the support of research projects and programmes linked to its Research Institutes and Advanced Research Centers and the participation of the foundations involved. This doctoral programme is linked to the University of Jaen Advanced Research Center for Environment, Biodiversity and Global Change.

You may also take advantage of the complementary training programmes offered by the University of Jaen as well as the training activities associated to this doctoral programme, aimed at improving your personal and professional capabilities. The quality seal awarded to the University of Jaen by the European Commission "HR Excellence in Research” identifies universities and institutions that generate and support the existence of a stimulating and encouraging research environment. The University of Jaen supports the Recommendations of the European Commission containing the “European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers” and has a Code of Good Research Practices and a Guide to good research practices for Doctoral Programmes.

  • Training of researchers in order to achieve an updated and solid background in different industrial sectors like Materials Engineering and Energy.
  • Training in the capacity to manage and integrate complex information from different sources such as research articles, databases and other types of research documents.
  • Developing competencies in the application of experimental methods in engineering, particularly those in the topic of your choice.

You may check the complete list of competencies granted by this doctoral programme.

The ideal applicant profile for this doctoral programme is people like you, who are interested in developing research in the field of sustainability and new materials and taking advantages of the multiple opportunities offered by the sector. Applicants should be motivated for making new discoveries through research, and have the capacity for critical thinking, comprehension, interpretation and application of research results, as well as basic skills in computer tools and English language.

General access requirements for Doctoral Programmes at the University of Jaen

In general, access to an official doctoral programme is available to persons in possession of a Spanish official bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a university master's degree.

Access is also available to persons who meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Being in possession of an official Spanish university qualification, or one of another member country of the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies them for access to a master's degree in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of October 29, and having obtained a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  2. Being in possession of an official Spanish degree whose duration, according to the rules of Community law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must attend the mandatory bridging courses referred to in Article 7.2 of these regulations, unless the curriculum of said degree includes research training credits equivalent in educational value to the research credits obtained in master’s degree courses.
  3. Being in possession of a university degree and, after obtaining a training place in the entrance test to specialized medical training, having obtained a positive evaluation in at least two years of training in a programme to obtain an official degree in one of the Health Science specialties.
  4. Being in possession of a degree obtained under a foreign education system, without need for official recognition, after the University has verified that said degree accredits a level of education equivalent to the Spanish official master´s degree and allows admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the qualification. In no case shall this admission imply the official recognition of the original qualification held by the individual or its recognition for purposes other than access to doctoral studies. Regardless of this, the doctoral degree obtained will be officially valid in Spain.
  5. Being in possession of a Bachelor, Architect or Engineer degree and also having achieved the Diploma de Estudios Avanzados in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of April 30, or the research proficiency stipulated in the Royal Decree 185/1985, of January 23.
  6. Being in possession of another Spanish doctoral degree obtained under earlier university regulations.

Specific access requirements for Doctoral Studies in Advances in Materials Engineering and Sustainable Energy

In addition to having a bachelor´s degree, applicants must also have a master´s degree in the fields of Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or Geology (specially for those applicants willing to enroll in research topics 1, 2, 3 and 5) or Communication and Information Technology for applicants to research topic 4.

With exception, those applicants lacking previous training related to the aforementioned disciplines and meeting the general criteria for access to doctoral studies could also be admitted to this doctoral programme. In this case, the Academic Commission of the doctoral programme will determine the complementary training that the applicant must complete in order to be admitted by taking the recommended courses from related disciplines.

Admission criteria

Admission of students will be based on the general admission criteria for doctoral studies of the University of Jaen laid down in article 9.3.c of the Regulation for Doctoral Studies of the University of Jaen and the following specific admission criteria:

The adequacy of the applicant background giving access to doctoral studies to the research topics of the doctoral programme. 40%.

The applicant academic background and curriculum vitae (considering the relatedness of research activity to the research topic selected by applicant). 20%

Applicant´s research interests and commitment to the programme. 20%

Mentor commitment. 5%

Viability and academic/scientific interest of the doctoral project. 20%

Students may enroll in doctoral studies at full dedication, or part-time if duly justified. The maximum period of permanence in PhD studies will be 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time. Students may ask for an ordinary extension for one year if enrolled full-time or two years if enrolled part-time. After this, all students may ask for an extraordinary extension period of one year. Applications for the extensions provided for in current legislation are to be duly reasoned and will be resolved by the Academic Committee for the PhD programme. Students may also apply for a temporary leave for a maximum period of one year, and extendible to one further year. Students may be excluded from the programme if they do not renew enrolments or if they obtain two negative overall assessments consecutively in the training and research activities in which they are enrolled for that year.

Students with special needs may visit the University Special Education Needs Service. You may get more information on general issues related to doctoral studies at the University Academic Service and the Doctoral School.

According to the rules for enrolment of the University of Jaen, application for doctoral studies is open during the complete year. Application and enrolment in doctoral studies can be done through the University Servicio de Gestión Académica.

There are four periods for application and registration during the year. Places not covered in one period will be added to next period´s offer.

School Year 2020/2021

  • Autumn cohort (application open until September 30, 2020; admission and registration during October, 2020)
    • Nº of places offered: 7
  • Winter cohort (aapplication open until December 12, 2020; admission and registration during January, 2021)
    • Nº of places offered: 3
  • Spring cohort (application open until March 31, 2021; admission and registration during April, 2021)
    • Nº of places offered: 0
  • Summer cohort (application open until June 15, 2021; admission and registration deadline July 15, 2021)
    • Nº of places offered: 0

Send us your application, and you will receive a personalized response in due time.

Yearly demand for places

If you are willing to apply for grants, please check the University International Relations website.

Collaborations under agreement

University Chair

  • Empresa: Universidad de Jaén Corvisa Productos asfálticos y aplicaciones S.L. (Grupo Isoluxcorsan)
  • Empresa San José S.A.
  • Colaboración en el Programa CENIM
  • Colaboración en el Programa IGME
  • Colaboración en el Programa GA21
  • Colaboración en el Programa Mipelsa
  • Colaboración en el Programa Centros Tecnológicos
  • Colaboración en el Programa Universidades Europeas Erasmus

Other Collaborations

UNIVERSIDAD DE JAÉN CORVISA PRODUCTOS ASFALTICOS Y APLICACIONES S.L. (GRUPO ISOLUXCORSAN). Companies San José S.A., CENIM, IGME, GA21, Mipelsa, etc. The University of Jaen has signed agreements with Technology Centers related to the main topics of this doctoral programme. In addition, 19 Erasmus agreements allow doctoral students from this programme to carry out part of their research activities in foreign universities.

Academic Information

This doctoral programme is based on research lines carried out by teaching and research staff that will be in charge of supervising your research work. The mentor (who may also be your supervisor or a different member of the PhD programme) will guide you through the training activities of the programme.

While the mentor must belong to the university´s permanent staff that participates in the doctoral programme, the thesis supervision can be assigned to any person participating in the programme who is in possession of a PhD degree and has a qualified research experience, either from inside or from outside of the university.

  1. Electrical Technology.

  2. Materials for sustainable construction.

  3. Development of new materials.

  4. Advanced techniques in soft computing and processing of sound and ultrasound signals. Application in materials engineering and environment.

  5. Management and protection of abiotic natural resources.

The different research topics covered by this doctoral programme are supported by its research teams. The teams have enough available resources to carry out the research and have established collaborations with other research staff from different institutions and research centers both at national and international levels. The University of Jaen offers different Services for doctoral students. The programme also benefits from specific agreements established between University of Jaen and other institutions. There is also a large number of foreign institutions and research centres related to the topic of this doctoral programme.

If you are willing to apply for this doctoral programme, you will need endorsement by a mentor from UJA.

Research topic: Electrical Technology

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Jurado Melguizo, Francisco 0000-0001-8122-7415 UJA
Gómez González, Manuel 0000-0002-1960-6083 UJA
Ortega Armenteros, Manuel 0000-0002-1890-8549 UJA
Valverde Ibáñez, Manuel 0000-0002-1189-7672 UJA

Research topic: Materials for sustainable construction

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Jurado Melguizo, Francisco 0000-0001-8122-7415 UJA
Gómez González, Manuel 0000-0002-1960-6083 UJA
Ortega Armenteros, Manuel 0000-0002-1890-8549 UJA
Valverde Ibáñez, Manuel 0000-0002-1189-7672 UJA
Corpas Iglesias, Fco. A 0000-0002-7502-909X UJA
Ruano Mariño, Oscar 0000-0001-6368-986X CSIC
Eliche Quesada, Dolores 0000-0003-3803-9595


Martínez García,Carmen 0000-0002-5074-648X UJA
Iglesias Godino, Fco. J 0000-0002-2917-3541 UJA
Cotes Palomino, Teresa 0000-0003-3255-8343 UJA
Carsí Cebrián, Manuel 0000-0001-8068-5385 CSIC
Peñalba Díaz, Félix EXTERNO

Research topic: Development of new materials

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Corpas Iglesias, Fco. A 0000-0002-7502-909X UJA
Ruano Mariño, Oscar 0000-0001-6368-986X CSIC
Eliche Quesada, Dolores 0000-0003-3803-9595 UJA
Martínez García,Carmen 0000-0002-5074-648X UJA
Iglesias Godino, Fco. J 0000-0002-2917-3541 UJA
Cotes Palomino, Teresa 0000-0003-3255-8343 UJA
Carsí Cebrián, Manuel 0000-0001-8068-5385 CSIC
Peñalba Díaz, Félix EXTERNO

Research topic: Advanced techniques in soft computing and processing of sound and ultrasound signals. Application in materials engineering and environment

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Muñoz Expósito,Enrique 0000-0002-7483-2964 UJA
Ruiz Reyes, Nicolás 0000-0003-4631-5326 UJA
Vera Candeas, Pedro 0000-0003-0866-703X UJA
García Galán,Sebastián 0000-0002-3300-5794 UJA
Martínez Muñoz, Damián 0000-0002-0953-5947 UJA
Cañada Bago, Joaquín 0000-0003-1626-8274 UJA
Fernández Prieto, Jose Ángel 0000-0002-6530-2902 UJA
Gadeo Martos, Manuel Ángel 0000-0002-2058-2904 UJA

Research topic: Management and protection of abiotic natural resources

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Luque Espinar, Juan Antonio 0000-0002-3808-9835 UGR
García-Aróstegui, José Luis 0000-0002-1659-8436 UM
Kohfahl, Claus 0000-0003-2756-4693 EXTERNO
Martínez López, Julián A. 0000-0001-6395-0263 UJA
De La Torre López, M. José 0000-0002-6134-6924 UJA
Hidalgo Estévez,M. Carmen 0000-0002-0982-786X UJA
Rey Arrans, Javier 0000-0001-9129-2368 UJA

During the course of your PhD thesis, you will be asked to take a set of training activities aimed at achieving the main competences that every PhD from the University of Jaen must develop by the end of doctoral studies:

Compulsory training activities

  • General: Framework of doctoral studies.
  • General: Framework of scientific research. Research policies.
  • General: Design and follow-up of research projects.
  • General: Knowledge transfer.
  • General: Dissemination of research results.
  • General: Employment and researcher career.
  • Specific: Relevant contribution from the PhD thesis.
  • Specific: Scientific collaboration with the Technology Centers included in the programme.

In addition, the student may also get enrolled in other training activities (most of which are programme-specific), aimed at acquisition of specific competences of this doctoral programme.

Optional training activities:

  • General: Doctoral seminars.
  • Specific: Active participation in seminars, conferences, courses and workshops
  • Specific: Short-term visit (minimum three months) to a foreign research institution (compulsory for students willing to achieve the International mention in their PhD degree).

You may check the calendar of training activities.

You can get more detailed information on the procedures for registration for the different activities and available grants.

All general training activities are in Spanish. Some specific training activities may be in English.

PhD students must pass a yearly evaluation of their activities. This includes general compulsory activities of doctoral studies and specific optional activities offered by the programme. After enrolment, you will receive a link for completion of your Student´s record of training activities and Research plan. All the student´s activities will be registered and certified according to an established procedure.

Each year, students must present proof of participation in at least two training activities. Nonetheless, the Academic commission may issue a positive evaluation for students with only one activity if this is duly justified.

The studies are duly completed with the presentation of the PhD thesis and the student´s public dissertation.

After completion of the Research Plan and Training activities, students may proceed to the public defense of their PhD thesis once the thesis has received initial approval from the PhD thesis supervisor(s) and the Academic Committee of the PhD programme as well as final approval from the Steering Committee of the Doctoral School. In order to receive this approval, the thesis must have achieved a relevant contribution signed by the PhD student as first author. The adequacy of the contribution will be determined according to the criteria established by the Comisión Nacional Evaluadora de la Actividad Investigadora (CNEAI) for the main areas of research and knowledge.

The doctoral thesis may be developed and defended in any of the languages commonly used for scientific communication in its field of research. If the thesis is written in a foreign language, it must include a document written in Spanish and signed by the thesis supervisor(s) containing the following information: title of the thesis, table of contents, introduction, a meaningful summary and conclusions.

At the time of finishing your thesis you may need to check the rules that apply for anti-plagiarism policies, deposit and thesis defense. The following link provides detailed information on the different processes related to the doctoral thesis.

Broadening your experience in other universities now becomes essential in a scenario where information, enterprise and society are globalized. Short-term visits (of at least 3 months) to a foreing institution allow doctoral students to achieve the International mention in their diploma. In addition, the option of Joint Supervision allows you to achieve a PhD degree issued simultaneously by University of Jaen and by a foreign university. Under this modality of study, you will be assigned a thesis supervisor in each of the participating universities under the conditions laid down in the corresponding cotutelle agreement.

PhD students may also spend part or most of their training period in a company. The mention of Industrial Doctorate can be obtained provided that the topic of the thesis is embedded in the research strategy of a company to which the doctoral student is bound by a contractual agreement.

There are different sources of short-term mobility grants for doctoral students: FPU, FPI, PAIDI, Plan Operativo de Apoyo a la Investigación from the University of Jaen, Doctoral School, Erasmus mobility grants, and the Campuses of International Excellence.

Complementary Study Programs

The University of Jaén is committed to an integral training of its students. On this page you will find complementary training activities that will allow you to configure a comprehensive curriculum that favors your employability and your professional and personal development. Check this page regularly because the information is continuously updated.

There are no programs of complementary studies that match the specified filter criteria.

Career Guidance

Internship Training in Companies

The University of Jaen is aware that internships in companies can be essential to your professional career. For that reason, it offers a range of options for you to get enrolled in extracurricular internships, including the University programmes for entrepreneurial activities and Icaro programme. The calls from University of Jaen´s Plan de Apoyo a la Transferencia del Conocimiento, el Emprendimiento y la Empleabilidad may offer you multiple options to facilitate your incorporation to the world of work.

Career Prospects

Main job opportunities related to this programme:

  • Companies in the fields of Materials Engineering, Energy, and Industry in general.
  • Teaching at high school and higher education centers.
  • Applied research.
  • Entrepeneurship in the high-technology sector, research, and public and private institutions/centers.

Coordination and Quality

The academic coordination commission is the collegiate body in charge of direction and academic management of the title. It interacts directly with the students and is in charge of programming the academic activities offered to the students, preparing the calendar, as well as other academic aspects necessary for an optimal development of the title. It will also be in charge of introducing the modifications included in the improvement process proposed by the title´s Quality Assurance System.


  • Francisco Antonio Corpas Iglesias (Coordinator)
  • Carmen Martínez García
  • Oscar Ruano Mariño. CENIM
  • Francisco Jurado Melguizo
  • Pedro Vera Candeas
  • Javier Rey Arrans
  • Manuel Carsi Cebrián. CENIM
  • Marta Slowick. Lublin University and Technology. Polonia

The Internal Quality Assurance Commission of the Doctoral programme performs the function of promoting and facilitating the continued improvement of the different activities (teaching, research, transfer of results, administrative issues) concerning the title. It also analyses the academic results and the level of satisfaction the title and prepares the improvement plan that the Academic commission will then put in practice.


  • Francisco A. Corpas Iglesias (Coordinator)
  • Maria Teresa Cotes Palomino
  • Lázuli Fernández Lobato
  • Jose Manuel Martín Sillero
  • Francisco J. Iglesias Godino


The quality assurance system of Jaen University has a two-tiered structure of responsibility. On one side, the corresponding Vice-Rectorate coordinates the quality evaluation process for the different titles, departments and university services and, on the other, the Academic Centre in charge of the title, which applies its Quality Assurance System. The Internal Quality Assurance System of this doctoral programme is available at the following link: Quality Assurance System of the Doctoral School.

All official titles given by Jaen University undergo different evaluation processes by the Directorate of Evaluation and Accreditation (DEVA) of the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento. The different evaluation reports of this title (verification, modification, follow-up and renewal of accreditation) are available through the following link: Evaluation Reports of University Degrees.

The relevant information for this title concerning number of new enrolments, academic results and student´s level of satisfaction with the title is available at the University Statistical Yearbook under the headings “Estudiantes” and “Satisfacción de los grupos de interés”.

You may also check the dropout rates for the titles given by Jaen University.

Employability is one of the most important elements of the quality of the title. You can take a look at the University report on employability where you will find the most common professional careers of people who took this doctorate before you.

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