The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is one of the major public universities of Spain (41000 students, 3850 researchers/teaching staff). Currently, it offers 93 bachelor’s degrees, covering a wide range of fields such as humanities and arts, social sciences, health sciences, technology and physical sciences. The UAB offers 127 Master’s degrees, as well as 8 Erasmus Mundus Master's degrees; more than 994 PhD dissertations have been elaborated within its 68 doctoral programmes. In recent years, the UAB has seen recognition for its efforts in promoting quality in teaching, in attracting international talent and in obtaining a growing impact in research. The UAB is the second-ranked university in Spain according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE WUR 2019). The Spanish Ministry of Education and Sciences has recognised the PhD studies on Materials Science of the UAB as “Doctorado de Calidad”. The Group of smart nanoengineered materials, nanomechanics and nanomagnetism (Gnm3, https://jsort-icrea.uab.cat/) belongs to the Physics Department, Sciences Faculty, UAB, and has several years experience in successful recruitment, training and integration of individuals into a multinational R&D team. The group comprises 17 members and is headed by Prof. Jordi Sort. It has a long research expertise in the production of dense and porous (nano)materials (mostly metals and transition metal oxides) and the characterization of their mechanical, magnetic and, more recently, magnetoelectric properties at macro and nanoscales.