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
Iván López Montero
Contact email
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Research group
Mitochondrial Membranes Lab
Physical Chemistry
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The Mitochondrial Membranes Laboratory (MML) is a membrane biophysics group, housed in the Physical Chemistry Department at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the Biomedical Research Institute “Hospital 12 de Octubre". The MML merges a broad array of disciplines, including physical chemistry, biophysics or molecular biology. The MML focuses on understanding the mechanics and dynamics of the membrane processes occurring in mitochondria such as membrane fusion or oxidative phosphorylation. Headed by Iván López Montero, the MML is currently formed by 2 assistant professors, 4 postdoctoral researchers, 1 PhD student and 4 undergraduate students. The MML is equipped with a wet lab, cell culture (prokaryote and eukaryote) and a wide range of techniques for the mechanical characterization of biomimetic model membranes (confocal microscopy, micromanipulation, surface tension or Image Correlation Spectroscopy). Our experimental capabilities will be expanded in the upcoming months to time-resolved fluorescence microscopy (FLIM, FRET, TR-anisotropy, FCS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Other techniques/facilities are also available in the campus including NMR, SEM, TEM or DLS among others.
Research group website
Research topic
The MML focuses on understanding the membrane processes occurring in mitochondria to identify new therapeutic targets against mitochondrial diseases. Along with this guiding scientific objective, the MML is currently interested on:

1. The membrane biophysics of ATP synthase: Mechanical interplay between ATP synthase and lipid bilayers. That is, the ability of mitochondria to exploit the collective effects of rotating ATP synthases for membrane remodeling and protein organization in living cells.
2. The identification of new therapeutic targets against mitochondrial diseases and cancer based on mitochondrial membrane mechanics: This includes the study of the molecular mechanisms of mitochondrial fusion and the mitochondrial membrane remodelling promoted by lipophilic cationic probes.

More recently, the MML, in collaboration with James Rothman (UCL), Vivek Malhotra (CRG) and Frederic Pincet (CNRS) has been awarded with an Synergy Grant (starting in September 2021) to decipher the formation and self-organization of the protein secretory pathway
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Applicants must submit a short CV including an early achievements track-record and a motivation letter.
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