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
Luis G. MacDowell
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Research group
Computer Simulation of Interfaces
Química Física
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The researcher will be hosted in the active research group of “Computer Simulations of Interfaces”, which is part of the formally established group of “Supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry”, at the Department of Chemical Physics of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. This is a multidisciplinary group with research lines on colloidal experimental science, lead by Prof. Andrés Guerrero-Martínez, and computer simulation of interfaces, lead by Prof. Luis G. MacDowell. This blend of experimental colloidal science and computer simulations provides great opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration as shown from the publication of two articles in Science in the last few years. Currently the group features among the top groups in the Universidad Complutense, with Excellent qualification'. This provides priority allocation of resources in university internal calls.

The research leader of the team, Prof. Luis G. MacDowell, has over 20 years experience in the study of interfacial phenomena. He has published about 100 papers on the field, and has an h=37 factor. The team usually consists of a few students, as well as a large network of international collaborators. This allows for a dedicated supervision of research work. For example, the last PhD student, Pablo Llombart accomplished his thesis with two publications in Science, and others in Science Advances, Nature Communications and Physical Review Letters.
Research topic
The properties of the ice surface determine crystal growth and melt rates, and dictate the fate of large ice masses in the poles as well as the shape of tiny ice crystals in the atmosphere. The quasi liquid layer on the ice surface serves as a substrate for the adsorption of many relevant trace gases, where it acts as a small chemical reactor. It can also accomodate ions, and display significant surface charge with a role in thunderstorms.

In the near future, we will pursue the investigation of surface structure and dynamics of the ice surface, using both computer simulation methods and theoretical tools in statistical mechanics. Our recent work, published last year in Science Advances, Nature Communications and Physical Review Letters provided great insight into the structure of the ice interface. In the following, we plan to extend our study in order to explore the low temperature behavior, below 200 K, and to explore the frequency dependent spectrum of surface fluctuations.

Other research lines, such as the self assembly of surfactants on colloidal nanoparticles, which we have published in two Science papers are also envisageable.
Research area
Chemistry (CHE), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Candidates should have a physics or chemistry phD, with a strong background on computer simulation techniques and statistical mechanics. Some background in surface phenomena is also desirable but not required. It is also desirable that candidates have experience on computer programing, shell scripting and parallelisation, as well as some experience with classical molecular dynamics programs.
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