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
Juan-Carlos Leza
Contact email
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Research group
Molecular neuropsychopharmacology
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Medicine
Group description
All organisms are exposed to stressful stimuli. This is especially important in humans, since a correct stress response is essential for survival, even having beneficial consequences. Nevertheless, an inadequate response (when the stimulus is of high intensity or duration), can lead to diseases or even death.

Numerous neuropsychiatric diseases, some cognitive alterations and some chronic metabolic diseases are consequence of stress.We have been involved for years in the study of the pathophysiological basis of the stress response in the brain. The neuroinflammatory reactions induced by exposure to stressful stimuli appear in numerous neuropsychiatric pathologies.

Our main objective is to contribute from the basic research to the development of strategies aiming to the reduction of the incidence of pathological reactions to stress and the search of markers of susceptibility to neuropsychiatric pathologies: major depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia and neurodevelopmental disorders.

We work in collaboration with several clinical (Psychiatry Services) groups in Spain and Europe with clinical data of patients, biological or imaging data and also with brain bank resources.

Overall, to identify and develop pharmacological tools to improve the quality of treatments psychiatricpathologies, both in the brain as in other systems.
Research topic
Study of protective mechanisms against oxidative and inflammatory cell damage alter stress exposure.
Possible therapeutic targets and neuroprotective strategies.
Mechanisms of vulnerability to stress induced cell damage.
Study of possible anti-inflammatory mechanisms of norepinephrine on stress.
Role of chemokine MCP-1.
Study of stress-induced colonic bacterial translocation on brain response to stress.
Possible therapeutic targets and neuroprotective strategies.
Gut brain axis in psychiatric pathologies
Mouth brain axis
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
- A personal letter- complete CV
- Two letters of recommendation
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