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
Eduardo Guzmán Solís
Contact email
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Research group
Grupo de Sistemas Complejos: Polímeros, tensioactivos e interfases
Química Fïsica
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The Complex System Group of the UCM is a group established from more than 20 years. Among its interest are topic involved in different areas of physico-chemical that include the study of critical phenomena in fluids and the study of polymers, colloids, interfaces and biophysics.
The group is currently for 2 Full Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 1 Research Fellow and 2 Ph Student.
Research group website
Research topic
The work will be focused on understanding of the physico-chemical bases underlying the assembly of molecules, from simple surfactants to high molecular weight polymers and proteins, and supramolecular objects (organic and inorganic colloidal particles, graphene sheets, carbon nanotubes) close to interfaces. Some of these systems and combinations of them will be the bricks for the fabrication of advanced materials and structures. Therefore, it is expected that from the understanding of the physico-chemical bases governing the interactions of colloids and colloid-like materials with interfaces and the assembly processes, it would be possible to obtain shortcuts for designing new materials with promising properties. This has become a challenge for the development of new nano-technological approaches, fostering important research efforts. It is worth mentioning that the restriction of the region accessible to molecules or particles imposed by the interface controls in many cases different problems with technological or biological interest.
Despite self-assembly is very common in nature, a main difficulty appears from the necessity of a driving force, i.e. molecules or colloidal objects should be directed to assemble in a controlled fashion avoiding phase separation. This requires a careful control over the interactions involved in the assembly process, which can present a broad range of origins: electrostatic, van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, covalent bonds, that can be combined for a given design depending on the assembled molecules or colloidal objects. Special relevance presents the understanding of the many-body interactions, , due to their effect on the transport of molecules within the confinement region, and between this and the two continuous phases.
Research area
Chemistry (CHE)
Candidatures: requirements
Succesful candidate should have a PhD in Physico-chemistry, colloidal chemistry or other similar discipline.

Please send me a very one-page description of the project that you want to carry out and your cv.
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