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
Paloma Fernández Sánchez
Contact email
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Research group
Physics of Materiasl
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Physical Science
Group description
The FINE Group has its origin in the group founded by Javier Piqueras (Professor Emeritus) in 1986. Since then, the group has been growing with the incorporation of some of the doctors trained in the group.

In its beginnings, the group was called Micro- and characterization of electronic materials and its research work has been directed to the study of various families of semiconductors by techniques associated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In the group, cathodoluminescence (CL) techniques, electron beam induced current (EBIC) and electroacoustic scanning microscopy have been developed. Subsequently, near field microscopy techniques (scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM)) and confocal optical microscopy were incorporated. The equipment has been acquired through competitive projects during the last 25 years. Currently, the group consists of 11 researchers and 8 doctoral students, as can be seen in the Personnel section, grouped into two main lines of research, as described in the Research section.

Research topic
The two main research lines are focused on the study of the physical properties of single and complex nanostructures based on semiconductor oxides (SMO).

Within this field, the supervisor for this proposal is more focused on the study of these materials for applications in photocatalysis, gas sensing, energy applicaions, etc. We are developing a research line to study the materials recovered from different recycling proccesses with the aim to reintroduce them in the value chain as materials with a high technological value. Our main expertise is the characterization of optical and electronic properties as well as structural a morphological study of micro- and nanostructures.
Our main goals as reflected in the most recent publications ( could be divided in three main lines
* Growth and characterization of micro and nanostructures of SMO for applications in environmental applications: sensing and photocatalysis. The systems studied for this purpose are mainly ZnO doped with different elements, CuO and NiO
* Growth and characterization of micro- and nanostructures for the production of light guides and resonant cavities, Zno doped with Rare Earth elements is the main system used for this application
* Characterization of materials recovered from different sources of residues to be reintroduced in the technological lifecycle. Different oxides as those from niobium and tantalum obtained from mine tailings,zeolite from fly ashes and red muds and ZnO from the recovery of alkaline batteries are being studied as high capacitance materials, photocatalyzers and sensing materials.

Research area
Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Curriculum Vitae
Summary of expertise
Letter of motivation
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