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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MSCA Group
Scientific Supervisor
Ignacio Lizasoain
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Research group
Neurovascular Research Unit
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Medicine
Group description
The Neurovascular Research Unit (NRU), located at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology ( of the Medical School at the Complutense University (Universidad Complutense de Madrid; UCM), at the Health Research Institute of Hospital Doce de Octubre (i+12; and at Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III; CNIC;, is coordinated by Prof. Ignacio Lizasoain (UCM; i+12) and Prof. María Ángeles Moro (CNIC) and is integrated by several members including postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate and pregraduate students, technicians and an administrative manager.
The NRU is forged with a triple dimension, that encompasses research, teaching, and innovation. As part of academia, a cardinal objective of NRU is the training of future researchers and university professors and lecturers, as well as the generation of knowledge. In its research facet, the NRU is fully committed to the understanding of neurovascular diseases (stroke and vascular cognitive impairment) at the preclinical level and with a strong translational projection through the close interaction with clinical neurologists in several hospitals. In addition, a major aim of the NRU has been to generate scientific results with good prospects for the transition to the industry that contribute to health care advancement and innovation.
Research group website
Research topic
Stroke, the major neurovascular disorder, is the 2nd most common cause of death and the 3rd most common cause of disabilities in the European Union, with a tremendous health impact. Our research lines include the study of the damage that results from stroke, the search for therapeutic and prognostic targets of this pathology. We are also focused on the development of new ways to help the brain repair itself to restore important functions.
Because of the growing age of the population, dementia is a major socio-sanitary problem affecting millions of lives, a number that will keep on increasing, and with a huge social cost. Vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), the 2nd most common cause of dementia, includes brain disorders in which cognitive impairment is attributable to cerebrovascular pathologies. In this field, our research lines are focused on the analysis of the different neuropathological substrates underlying each different type of VCID and in the identification of mechanisms and therapeutic and diagnostic targets.
Our main lines of research (in parentheses some of the most relevant papers) are:
- Role of Innate Immunity (Circulation 2007; Mol Ther 2018; Stroke 2018, 2019)
- Vascular Cognitive Impairment (eNeuro 2018; J Clin Invest 2019; FASEB J 2019)
- Role of neutrophils on stroke (Stroke 2013, 2019; Science 2014; Immunity 2019)
- Neurogenesis and stroke (FASEB J 2014; Stroke 2017; J Clin Invest 2019)
- New targets for stroke therapy (Circulation 2008; J Neurosci 2009; Circulation 2014)
- Hemorrhagic Transformation (Stroke 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Excitotoxicity (J Neurosci 2004; J Exp Med 2006; J Clin Invest 2013)
- Ischemic Tolerance and stroke (Ann Neurol 2003; J Neurosci 2004; JCBFM 2007)
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Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
Curriculum vitae
Motivation letter
Research project and plan
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.

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