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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Scientific Supervisor
Albertina Cabañas Poveda
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Research group
Separation Processes and Materials Preparation following Green chemistry principles using supercritical fluids- Group 910632 at UCM
Physical Chemistry I (A. Cabañas) and Chemical Engineering (L. Calvo)
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The research group "Preparation and activity of multifunctional materials and physicochemical processes in Sustainable Chemistry"– number 910632 at UCM investigates the use of supercritical fluids in the preparation/modification of materials as an alternative to the more common contaminant solvents within the Green Chemistry framework.

Supercritical CO2 is used in most cases because it has moderate critical parameters (Tc=31 ºC and Pc=7.4 MPa), it is cheap, non-toxic, non-flammable and can be recycled. Supercritical CO2 has densities intermediate between those of liquids and gases, but transport properties (diffusivity and viscosity) similar to gases. All these properties can be exploited in many different processes.

The group is currently led by Prof. Albertina Cabañas and Concepción Pando in the Physical Chemistry Dep. I and Prof. Lourdes Calvo in the Chemical Engineering Dep.. We offer the possibility to work in a multidisciplinary team, with projects focused on many different areas ranging from Material Science, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

We offer different technologies to companies through the OTRI web page:

Research group website
Research topic
We investigate the use of supercritical fluids in different processes:

1) Deposition of metal nanoparticles within porous supports using supercritical CO2 for catalytic and biomedical applications. [Sánchez-Miguel et al., Green preparation of PtRu and PtCu/SBA-15 catalysts using supercritical CO2, J CO2 Utilization 22, 382–391 (2017)]

2) Surface modification of materials for CO2 capture and metal absorption. [Sanchez-Vicente et al., A new sustainable route in supercritical CO2 to functionalize silica SBA-15 with 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane as material for carbon capture, Chem. Eng. J. 2015, 264, 886-898; M.J. Tenorio et al., Thiol group functionalization of mesoporous SiO2 SBA-15 using supercritical CO2, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 256,147-154 (2018)]

3) Micronization of pharmaceutical and nutraceuticals and composite materials by the Supercritical Antisolvent Technique (SAS).[Cuadra et al., Pharmaceutical co-crystals of the anti-inflammatory drug diflunisal and nicotinamide obtained using supercritical CO2 as an antisolvent. J. CO2 Utilization 2016, 13, 29-37.]

4) Encapsulation of pharmaceutical and nutraceuticals by Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Emulsions (SFEE).[Prieto and Calvo, Supercritical fluid extraction of emulsions to nanoencapsulate vitamin E in polycaprolactone, Journal of Supercritical Fluids 119 (2017) 274-282]

5) Sterilization of sensitive materials using Supercritical Fluids. [Calvo and Casas, Method for sterilization with CO2 and water, ES 2533537 A1, 2014.]

6) Thermodynamic properties of mixtures with supercritical fluids: a) Experimental determination of the phase behavior, solubilities and calorimetric properties and b) Modeling of the data with equations of state and semiempirical methods.[Morere et al, Solubility of two meta
Research area
Chemistry (CHE), Information Science and Engineering (ENG), Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV), Life Sciences (LIF), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Applicants should submit a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae.
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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