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
Florentina Niuris Acosta
Contact email
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Research group
Química en Ciencias Farmacéuticas/ Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Sicence
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Pharmacy
Group description

TRANSBIOMAT Group is a new created research group at Complutense University. We are a multidisciplinary research group formed by experts in polymer science, biomaterials and biocatalyst with strong orientation to technological transfer.
The group has broad interest and its main research lines are:
1. Chitosan Science. For sustainable development goals: on the way to third-generation chitosans. We focus on green processes to produce tailor-made chitosans, oligosaccharides and chitosan derivatives.

2. Structural-functional polymer analysis
Chitosan is a polymer with a wide variety of biological activities and properties. We focus on determine which physico-chemical properties of chitosan are related to these activities. To this aim, we employ a panel of biophysical techniques to establish structure- functionality - biological activity relationships.

3. Polymeric materials in pharmacy and biomedicine
We focus on the development of polymeric materials based on chitosan and other polymers. This includes soft materials, hybrid materials….

In our webpage you will find more information about us and our department:
Research topic
Multifunctional chitosan- based materials
In this project we plan to obtain smart delivery systems based on chitosan and chitosan derivatives. Original hybrid assemblies composed of a particle core surrounded by a hydrophobic/hydrophilic shell emerged as promising entities for various biomedical applications. Their broadened bio-potentialities, ranging from model membrane systems, to substance delivery reservoirs or therapeutic vectors, are furthered by their versatility of composition due to the possible wide variation in the particle nature and size, as well as in the formulation. Moreover, these systems combine the advantages of colloidal systems with a physical stability almost similar to that of conventional drug delivery systems.

Research area
Chemistry (CHE), Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
Motivation Letter
Candidatures: deadline
Pza. Ramón y Cajal, s/n; Ciudad Universitaria; 28040 - MADRID

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