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
Fernando Martínez-Pedrero
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Research group
Grupo de Sistemas Complejos
Química Física
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The Complex Systems Group: Colloids, Polymers and Interfaces is a leading group in the study of colloidal systems and interfaces. The group has thre full professors, Ramón G. Rubio, Francisco Ortega and Eduardo Guzmán and a Ramón y Cajal researcher: Fernando Martínez. They are currently involved in three projects funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, one funded by the ESF and one funded by L'Oréal. The group currently has two predoctoral students and several undergraduate students. The group collaborates with different external groups and researchers, including Prof. Jean Francoise Berret (University Paris-Diderot, France), Dr. Carles Calero and Prof. Ignacio Pagonabarraga (University of Barcelona) and Dr. Gustavo Luengo (L'Oréal Prospective Research, France).

In the last 5 years, the group has initiated a new line of research: the dynamics of out-of-equilibrium processes at low Reynolds number in confined environments. These processes allow the application of new 2D transport and self-assembly techniques. The work done has been very fruitful, as evidenced by the publication of these studies in high impact journals in the field (1X Advanced Functional Materials (i.f: 16,836), 1X Small (11,459), 1X Advances in Colloids and Interfaces (9,922), 1X ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (8,758), 2X Journal of Colloids and Interfaces (7,489)).
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Research topic
Superparamagnetic microparticles are used in the construction of micromachines capable of transporting molecules at low Reynolds number, and the fabrication of smart materials, capable of changing their properties in a controlled manner. When adsorbed on fluid interfaces, these particles are also ideal for the generation of colloidal currents and to study static and dynamic self-assembly processes.

Within the general objectives set out in the project report, we will focus on the solution of three different, although closely correlated, lines, based on the exploration of the above-described system:

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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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