Doctoral studies in Renewable Energy


Become a qualified researcher in the field of renewable energy under the supervision of world-wide acknowledged scientists 

Renewable Energy and Environment is a strategic research line for the University of Jaen. The intense research activity carried out by research groups working in the field, the creation of the Center for Advanced Studies in Energy and Environment, and the implementation of this doctoral programme obey to this strategy.

The main goal of the Center for Advanced Studies in Energy and Environment is to agglutinate and potentiate the different research, teaching and transfer activities being carried out at the university. This initiative also intends to achieve an Excellence center taking care of the study, application and development of renewable energy, and becoming a reference center for the training of professionals in this field. It aims at the exploitation of energy renewable resources with the concomitant benefits at economic, environmental, local development, technological development and institutional support levels. Another initiative to reinforce teaching and research in this field was the offer in master studies such as Renewable Energy or Technology of Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems.

This doctoral programme is reinforced by the continued support of the University of Jaen in renewable energy and the participation of research groups with an outstanding background in research projects from international, national and autonomic calls and scientific publications in the most prestigious journals in their areas of expertise.

You may also take advantage of complementary training activities offered by the University of Jaen aimed at improving your personal and professional qualification.

  • To provide students with an advanced training in the field of renewable resources and environment.
  • To train PhDs with high scientific and technological capabilities enabling them to apply their acquired knowledge to the resolution of specific problems in the society.
  • To facilitate the employability of PhDs in the word of work as well as in technology research centers and public research institutions.

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

The ideal applicant profile is people like you, who are interested in developing research in renewable energy and are willing to take advantage of the opportunities offered in this field. 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 Renewable Energy

This doctoral programme is open to those in possession of a degree in Industrial Engineering, Industrial Organization Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Agronomic Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronic and Automatic Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Forest Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering in Geodesy and Cartography, Architecture, Physics, Biology, Environmental Sciences, or Chemistry. 

Applicants must also be in possession of a Master degree with a broad coverage of topics related to energy and environment, such as the official masters in Renewable Energy, Master in Biological resources in the natural environment, and the Master in sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings and industry. 

Master degrees giving access to this doctoral programme:

  • Biotechnology and Biomedicine-Control of industrial processes-Renewable Energy-Management of biological resources in the natural environment-Chemistry- Energetic efficiency and sustainability in buildings and industry-Technology of solar and photovoltaic energy systems- Master GEOMET (Geophysics and Meteorology).  

Admission criteria

The following criteria laid down in article 9.3.c of the Regulation of Doctoral Studies of the University of Jaen will apply for admission of applicants:

  1. The adequacy of the applicant background giving access to doctoral studies to the topic of the thesis. 1.0 point.
  2. The curriculum vitae of applicant. 2.5 points.
  3. The interest of the research line of the thesis for the Department, Research Centre and personnel involved in direction of the PhD thesis, as informed by the corresponding legal representative/scientific personnel involved. 1.5 points.
  4. Adequacy of the theme of the thesis to the research lines of the doctoral programme. 2.0 points.
  5. Applicant´s complementary training requirements and time availability for carrying out the thesis. 0.5 points.
  6. Availability of permanent research staff with accredited research experience at the corresponding research area solicited by applicant. 1.5 points.
  7. Available resources to carry out the research tasks proposed by applicant. 1.0 point.

In order to be admitted, the applicant must obtain a mark higher than 7 points. The applicant must also have written consent from a scientific researcher qualified according to University of Jaen rules who will act as the thesis supervisor.

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 2018/2019

  • Autumn cohort (application open until October 01, 2018)
    • Nº of places offered: 4
  • Winter cohort (application open until December 14, 2018)
    • Nº of places offered: 5
  • Spring cohort (application open until April 01, 2019)
    • Nº of places offered: 4
  • Summer cohort (application open until July 01, 2019)
    • Nº of places offered: 3

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.

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. Evaluation of sun and wind power energy resources.
  2. Modelling of the atmosphere and solar radiation.
  3. Evaluation and use of biomass resources.
  4. Biofuels.
  5. Natural selection, expression of candidate genes and seed development for biodiesel production.
  6. Phtovoltaic systems engineering.
  7. Hybrid electric power generation systems
  8. Process optimization and control of energy generation from alternative sources.
  9. Planning, management and socio-economic aspects or renewable energy. 
  10. Mechanical and Energetic Engineering.

Research topic: Evaluation of sun and wind power energy resources

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Tovar Pescador, Joaquín 0000-0003-0647-8964 UJA
Pozo Vázquez, David 0000-0002-1135-4926 UJA
Ruiz Arias, Jose A. 0000-0003-4220-1751 UJA


Research topic: Modelling of the atmosphere and solar radiation

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Tovar Pescador, Joaquín 0000-0003-0647-8964 UJA
Pozo Vázquez, David 0000-0002-1135-4926 UJA
Ruiz Arias, Jose A. 0000-0003-4220-1751 UJA


Research topic: Evaluation and use of biomass resources

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Castro Galiano, Eulogio 0000-0003-1719-6049 UJA
Moya Vilar, Manuel 0000-0002-9820-396X UJA
Ruiz Ramos, Encarnación 0000-0001-8948-0765 UJA
Romero Pulido, Inmaculada 0000-0002-4152-8034 UJA
Cara Corpas, Cristobal 0000-0001-9967-8126 UJA
Gallego Álvarez, Fco. Javier 0000-0002-9350-7665 UJA


Research topic: Biofuels

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Cara Corpas, Cristobal 0000-0001-9967-8126 UJA
Castro Galiano, Eulogio 0000-0003-1719-6049 UJA
Moya Vilar, Manuel 0000-0002-9820-396X UJA
Ruiz Ramos, Encarnación 0000-0001-8948-0765 UJA
Romero Pulido, Inmaculada 0000-0002-4152-8034 UJA


Research topic: Natural selection, expression of candidate genes and seed development for biodiesel production

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Rey Zamora, Pedro Jose 0000-0001-5550-0393 UJA
Alcántara Gámez, Julio Manuel 0000-0002-8003-7844 UJA
Manzaneda Ávila, Antonio José 0000-0001-9384-7910 UJA


Research topic: Phtovoltaic systems engineering

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Ruiz Arias, Jose A. 0000-0003-4220-1751 UJA
Almonacid Puche, Gabino 0000-0002-6484-8903 UJA
Pérez Higueras, Pedro Jesús 0000-0003-2593-6983 UJA
Aguilera Tejero, Jorge 0000-0001-5351-0432 UJA
Aguilar Peña, Juan D. 0000-0001-8648-8067 UJA
Almonacid Cruz, Florencia 0000-0003-3442-4787 UJA
Fuentes Conde, Manuel 0000-0003-3131-8823 UJA
Fernández Fernández, Eduardo 0000-0001-7934-9755 UJA
Gómez Vidal, Pedro 0000-0002-3147-2962 UJA


Research topic: Hybrid electric power generation systems

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Casas Hernández, Jesús de la 0000-0001-9117-1689 UJA
Cano Ortega, Antonio 0000-0002-6440-021X UJA


Research topic: Process optimization and control of energy generation from alternative sources

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Almonacid Puche, Gabino 0000-0002-6484-8903 UJA
Pérez Higueras, Pedro Jesús 0000-0003-2593-6983 UJA
Jurado Melguizo, Francisco 0000-0001-8122-7415 UJA
Gómez Vidal, Pedro 0000-0002-3147-2962 UJA
Gómez Ortega, Juan 0000-0002-2827-2548 UJA
Gámez García, Fco. J. 0000-0001-9812-0139 UJA
Casas Hernández, Jesús de la 0000-0001-9117-1689 UJA


Research topic: Planning, management and socio-economic aspects or renewable energy

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Tovar Pescador, Joaquín 0000-0003-0647-8964 UJA
Pozo Vázquez, David 0000-0002-1135-4926 UJA
Ruiz Arias, Jose A. 0000-0003-4220-1751 UJA
Castro Galiano, Eulogio 0000-0003-1719-6049 UJA
Moya Vilar, Manuel 0000-0002-9820-396X UJA
Ruiz Ramos, Encarnación 0000-0001-8948-0765 UJA
Romero Pulido, Inmaculada 0000-0002-4152-8034 UJA
Almonacid Puche, Gabino 0000-0002-6484-8903 UJA
Pérez Higueras, Pedro Jesús 0000-0003-2593-6983 UJA
Aguilera Tejero, Jorge 0000-0001-9684-4635 UJA
Nofuentes Garrido, Gustavo 0000-0002-5305-3830 UJA
Casa Higueras, Juan de la 0000-0002-1781-3417 UJA
Terrados Cepeda, Julio 0000-0003-1720-7545 UJA
Hontoria Garcia, Leocadio 0000-0003-3844-7038 UJA
Gallego Álvarez, Fco. Javier 0000-0002-9350-7665 UJA
Gómez Vidal, Pedro 0000-0002-3147-2962 UJA
Casas Hernández, Jesús de la 0000-0001-9117-1689 UJA


Research topic: Mechanical and Energetic Engineering

Name ORCID code Affiliation
Palomar Carnicero, José Manuel 0000-0002-8003-1223 UJA
Díaz Garrido, Francisco A. 0000-0003-0467-542X UJA
Cruz Peragón, Fernando 0000-0002-9804-4137 UJA
López García, Rafael 0000-0003-2273-4710 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.

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 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 activitiesand Research plan.

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.

At the time of finishing your thesis you may need to check the rules that apply for writing the thesis in a foreign language and for the  deposit and thesis defense.

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 cotutele 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 types of mobility grants for doctoral students, including FPI (MINECO)FPU (MECD), individual PAIDI grants or Plan de Apoyo a la Investigación, Desarrollo Tecnológico e Innovación from Jaen University. Sudents may also apply for grants from  Campus de Excelencia InternacionalErasmus mobility grants, and grants offered by the Doctoral School of Jaen University.

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

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.

  • Companies in the fields of Renewable Energy (solar, photovoltaic, biomass, hydroelectric, wind power, and other energy sources)
  • Companies specialised in assessment, consulting and auditing on energy issues
  • Universities and public or private research and development centers in the field of Energy

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.


  • Eulogio Castro Galiano (Coordinator)
  • Pedro José Rey Zamora (Secretary)
  • Joaquín Tovar Pescador
  • José Manuel Palomar Carnicero
  • Francisco Jurado Melguizo
  • Jorge Aguilera Tejero

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.


  • Eulogio Castro Galiano (Coordinator)
  • Francisco Jurado Melguizo (Secretary)
  • Juan de la Casa Higueras
  • Clara Arbizu Barrena
  • Reyes Piqueras Montesinos (PAS)
  • Pedro José Rey Zamora (Suplente)
  • Juan Miguel Romero García (Suplente)



Theses defended

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: Sistema de Garantía de Calidad de la Escuela de Doctorado.

All official titles given by Jaen University undergo different evaluation processes by the Dirección de Evaluación y Acreditación (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: informes de evaluación de títulos de la DEVA.

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 (anuario estadístico de la Universidad de Jaén) under the headings  “Estudiantes” and  “Satisfacción de los grupos de interés”.

You may also check the dropout rates (informes de abandono) 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 report on employability for the different titles at Jaen University (estudios sobre la inserción laboral de los titulados) where you will find the most common professional careers of people who took this doctorate before you.

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