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
María Isabel Colado
Contact email
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Research group
Neurobiology of amphetamine compounds and ethanol
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Medicine
Group description
Our research group is focused on studying the neurobiological effects of various drugs to broaden knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the neuroinflammatory, neurotoxic and addictive properties of these drugs with a view to identifying targets for the development of preventative and protective treatments. The research group, led by Dr. María Isabel Colado, Professor of Pharmacology, includes Dr. Esther O’Shea and Dr. María Dolores Gutiérrez-López, both Associate Professors in Pharmacology and several postgraduate researchers. In addition, we supervise graduate students carrying out Master’s or Ph.D research as well as undergraduate students carrying out research as part of their degree project. Our laboratory regularly hosts both international and national undergraduate and postgraduate students undergoing research training.
We form part of the Addictive Disorders Network which is funded by Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Ministerio de Sanidad) and whose members collaborate in the study of the neurobiological, behavioural and clinical effects of drugs of abuse. We also belong to both the Neuroscience Institute and to the Campus of Excellence of Universidad Complutense de Madrid and to the Institute for Health Research of Hospital 12 de Octubre. We have twice been awarded the Prevention of Drug Addiction Research Prize by the Antidrug Agency of the Comunidad de Madrid. We dessiminate our results in prestigious journals principally in the area of Pharmacology or Neuroscience
Research topic
We are a multidisciplinary research group whose main field of research is in the neurobiology of amphetamines, in particular MDMA and methamphetamine, and of alcohol. Our main focus of our research is on the mechanisms involved in the neurotoxicity and neuroinflammation produced by amphetamines as well as in the changes induced by the drugs on the integrity of the blood-brain barrier and on the activity of the kynurenine pathway. With regard to ethanol our interest is also centered on the above aspects but in addition we also explore the mechanisms involved in the generation of dependence and relapse with a view to identifying targets with a potential to reduce the addictive effects of alcohol. We have recently embarked on the study of the potential use of kynurenine monooxygenase inhibitors for the treatment and/or prevention of opioid addiction and its relevance in models of neuropathic pain.
Specific on-going projects:
•Effect of kynurenine monooxygenase inhibition, by Ro 61-8048, on the development of addictive behaviours induced by fentanyl. Relevance in a model of neuropathic chronic pain.
• Role of AhR in the functional dysfunction induced by binge drinking.
• Increases in brain kynurenic acid levels as a therapeutic strategy in the alcohol abuse and dependency: role of AhR.
• Role of the kynurenine pathway of the blood-brain barrier disruption and its relevance in the consumption and reinforcing effects of the drug.
• Involvement of kynurenine pathway in blood-brain barrier disruption and its relevance in the acute and long-term effects induced by amphetamines.
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. M. I. Colado (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está protegida contra spambots. Usted necesita tener Javascript activado para poder verla.). Documentation to be included: Curriculum vitae including information on publications in peer-reviewed journals, participation in funded research projects, research stays in other laboratories, techniques etc, as well as the contact information of two referees preferably from different research groups/institutions
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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