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
Marisol Fernández Alfonso
Contact email
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Research group
Grupo para el Estudio de la Salud Cardiometabolica (GESCAMET)
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Pharmacy
Group description
The team is a multidisciplinary basic research group (GESCAMET) with researchers from different departments from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (i) Pluridisciplinary Institute and Department of Pharmacology , ii) Department of Physiology, and iii) Department of Biochemistry), as well as from San Pablo - CEU University (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health). Moreover, we collaborate with clinical research groups from the Hypertension Unit at the 12 de Octubre Hospital and at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos (i) Obesity and Vascular Risk Unit, ii) Hypertension Unit, iii) Oesophagogastric and Obesity Surgery Unit).Our group has ongoing projects with several international research groups and welcomes pregraduate (Erasmus students) as well as postgraduate (pre and postdoctoral) students from different European and South American Countries. For more information see webpage.
Research topic
Our research interest is the study of the pathophysiology of the vascular wall and the search for effective drugs to prevent and / or reverse cardiovascular damage. In recent years, our research has focused on the study of the relationship between excess weight and the development of cardiovascular disease (endothelial dusfunction, vascular remodeling, arterial stiffness), as well as to establish the molecular mechanisms involved in its development with a special focus on the renin-angiotensin system, oxidative stress, albuminuria and perivascular adipose tissue. A better understanding of these mechanisms will allow to develop and evaluate new drugs and design intervention strategies to prevent and / or slow the progression of cardiovascular disease associated with overweight and obesity. We have two main research topics, which are part of Challenge 1 "Health , demographic change and well-being" of the National Strategic Plan for Science and Technology and the social challenge of the European Union.
- Obesity and cardiovacular disease
- Albuminuria and cardiovascular diseaseWe are now working on following projects,
- Translational study of mechanisms involved in the development of arterial stiffness associated to obesity: new therapeutic strategies
- Translational research on mechanisms involved in the development of albuminuria and its relation to vascular dysfunction
- Study of natural products, drugs and diets useful in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular damage associated to obesity and/or albuminuria
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
- Updated Curriculum Vitae.
- One letter of motivation explaining background.
- Two letters of reference.
Candidatures: deadline
Pza. Ramón y Cajal, s/n; Ciudad Universitaria; 28040 - MADRID

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