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
Ana Carpio
Contact email
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Research group
Mathematics applied to biological and physical systems
Applied Mathematics
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Mathematical Science
Group description
Currently, we have two major interests: 1) the development of adequate mathematical and computational techniques for biomedical problems, including data analysis and agent based models for cellular aggregates, 2) inverse problems and imaging, including optimization with differential constraints, bayesian approaches and Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling.
In previous years, we have made contributions to the modeling, numerical simulation and mathematical analysis of topics in biological sciences (pattern formation in cellular aggregates, protein folding and unfolding, nerve impulse propagation, angiogenesis, analysis of cancer data), imaging (holographic techniques, inverse scattering in acoustics, photodetection and electromagnetism), materials science (defects and ripples in graphene, dislocation nucleation and motion in crystals, nucleation and aggregation processes, oscillations in semiconductors, nonlinear waves in oscillator networks), as well as to the analysis of fluid mechanics equations, nonlinear wave equations, and integrodifferential kinetic models.
We have projects, contacts and publications with researchers from Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, Duke University, New York University, Oxford University, Paris-Sorbonne Universités, Technische Universität Berlin, and also from institutions such as the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Institut Curie, the National Center of Biotechnlogy, and Hospitals of the Madrid area.
Research group website
Research topic
Postdoctoral researchers can apply to carry out research within our lines of work. Some possible projects:
1) Mathematical methods for medical data. Nowadays an ever increasing amount of data central to different illnesses is becoming available: measurements of expression of genes and protein synthesis, image recordings, patients records, metadata regarding social and psicological factors. Mathematical and computational tools to extract meaningful information from such data need to be identified and developed. The usage of standard machine learning tools faces a number of problems, for instance, available data may not be big enough, show gaps or just not be comparable, also the outcome may fail to have a medical interpretation, moreover, uncertainty should be quantified.
2) Inverse Problems. Inverse problems arising in multiple frameworks (medicine, public security, geophysics) involve finding large sets of parameters defining unknown shapes and fields, by either optimizing costs which compare an output to measured data or by determining maximum likelihood options. These schemes require solving large amounts of auxiliary problems, often formulated in terms of partial differential equations. Devising efficient strategies to reduce the computational cost is essential to face three dimensional applications.
3) Modeling and simulation in biomedicine. Developing descriptions of cellular aggregates, for instance, requires the study of mechanisms at the microcospic and macroscopic level as well as their interaction. Mathematical approaches for cell behavior often have a stochastic basis, informed by the dynamics of continuum variables (concentrations, flows...). Developing hybrid models combining agent based models for cell behavior and continuum models is a challenging task.
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF), Mathematics (MAT), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Curriculum vitae: education, career/employment, honours, awards, fellowships, publications, conferences, research grants, student training, computing skills, other academic activities, non academic activities
Presentation letter detailing overall research interests and the motivation to join our group
Recommendation/reference letters
Relevant publications
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