Postdoctoral Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and intersectoral mobility.

The fellows carry out their own research project in collaboration with a host institution, which is indicated at the time of their application. Researchers of all ages, nationalities and scientific disciplines can apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) provide an extremely enriching experience, that enhance the career perspectives for researchers by developing new scientific competences and gaining international and collaborative research experience.

Complutense as a Host Institution


The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is a public research university located in Madrid, and one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1499).

The UCM enrols over 80,000 students, almost 6,000 faculties and more than 3,000 administration and service staff and consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Spain. 

Research Groups

There are more than 200 UCM research groups interested in hosting researchers through MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships.

They are looking for ambitious, creative and scientifically curious researchers who meet the MSCA-PF eligibility criteria.

If you are ready to take the next step in your research career look into our university's host offers.

European Office

The Complutense University of Madrid as host institution, through a dedicated European Research Office, supports MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship candidates both in the application process and in managing the grant.

We offer, among other specific support services, an in-depth review of the proposal by experienced advisors: internal deadline to send the draft proposal to office is August 31, 2021.

Expressions of Interest

The next section include information about several UCM supervisors that have expressed their interests to host MSCA experienced researchers in their research group. If you are interested in one of them, you should contact the corresponding Scientific Supervisor directly.

The web search application will help you find the offer that best suits your interests. Just enable and use the filters (click on the filter icon). You can search by faculty, research area, and research topic to be proposed / description of the research group (by means of keywords). Visit the links provided in the search results (table below) to display further information.

Some offers the supervisors ask for particular documents. If you are required to submit a project proposal or you do not know exactly what send to present your candidature, you can use our template 'One Page Proposal'. 

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ERC group
MSCA Group
Scientific Supervisor
Luis Miguel Ortega-Mora
Contact email
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Research group
Animal Health and Zoonoses (SALUVET)
Animal Health
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Group description
“Animal Health and Zoonoses” (SALUVET) is a research group formed by Academics and Researchers interested in the fields of Animal and Public Health under the One Health concept. We are mainly focused on the study of transmissible diseases in livestock, as well as some food-borne zoonoses. Current fields of our research include the study of host-pathogen interactions, determination of virulence factors, development of control tools such as vaccines and drugs, validation and harmonization of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models for relevant diseases from cattle (neosporosis, trichomonosis, besnoitiosis, genital campylobacteriosis), sheep (toxoplasmosis) and swine (PRRS, toxoplasmosis), and food safety (toxoplasmosis). The group is also collaborating in studies on infection by SARS-Cov-2 in the animal compartment. The members of SALUVET participate in teaching and training activities from undergraduate (Veterinary Medicine Degree, Food Science and Technology Degree), postgraduate (Master in Animal Production and Health, Master in Virology) and Doctorate programs (PhD in Veterinary Sciences). Our group is also committed to innovation on public and animal health through our spin-off SALUVET-Innova. Contacts with relevant research groups in this area and different branches of the Animal Health sector are established throughout different projects, including some financed by the NIH and USDA (USA) and Horizon 2020 (EU).
Research group website
Research topic
The diseases caused by apicomplexan parasites, which include the genera Toxoplasma, Neospora and Besnoitia, amongst others, cause significant production losses in livestock. In addition, toxoplasmosis is a relevant zoonosis in the EU and worldwide. The proposal developed by the grant candidate should be drafted under the aforementioned umbrella. The general goal of SALUVET's research lines is to apply innovative technologies (-omics, genome editing, ex vivo models) to explore host-pathogen interactions in some of the most relevant diseases caused by coccidian parasites in livestock. We hypothesize that the application of these technologies in a transversal approach can potentially unravel some of the molecular mechanisms underlying host-pathogen interactions. Three different but complementary approaches are pursued: i) exploitation of –omics technologies to (a) comparatively dissect processes involved in the adaptation of apicomplexan parasitesto their host, allowing them to actively replicate and disseminate, and (b) to understand parasite-host cell interactions in host target cells; ii) use of genome edition techniques to define the role of potential virulence factors that could define the host-pathogen interactions during infection; and iii) establishment and harmonization of relevant in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo disease models for studying experimental infections. The results obtained will advance the understanding of the mechanisms by which these relevant apicomplexan parasites interact with the host, which, in turn, will help in the design of transmission-blocking vaccines or drugs. This will have a positive impact on farm animal welfare, economic profitability of animal production, and exposure to harmful parasites, ultimately improving human health.
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
Letter of interest
Letters of Reference
Candidatures: deadline
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Tenure-Track Position for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowships?

The "Plan de Actuaciones en Profesorado 2020-23 (ES)" of the Complutense University includes among its calls several options for further hiring of researchers with a PhD. All options require an excellent CV and being granted National Accreditation.

Among the requirements for the stabilization of a Researcher to Assistant Professor, it is required that the researcher has spent at least 3 years as a researcher hired by the UCM in a competitive public call.

Global Fellowships are open to researchers currently within or outside Europe who want to move to a Third Country for 1-2 years and then come back to the Complutense University for an additional year. Therefore, researchers who have been awarded a three-year Global Fellowship would be, after the end of the project and with the current regulatory framework, in a position to meet this condition.

In certain situations, it has been possible for a researcher with at least 2 years working at UCM to opt for a position as a junior Associate Professor.

Complutense University of Madrid
European Office