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
Regino Sáez Puche
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Research group
Synthesis, Characterization and properties of non Molecular solids
Química Inorganica
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The group established by Prof. Alario-Franco back in 1973 has been qualified as “excellent” in 2018 by the Spanish Research Agency. Along this period, the focus has been the synthesis, structure and microstructure of materials in the search of outstanding physical-chemical properties. The main research lines include: study of magnetic/magnetocaloric compounds, superconductors, multiferroics, electrodes and electrolytes of batteries, supercaps and SOFCs. The group benefits from visits of scientists and actively collaborates with other prestigious national/international researchers. Regarding experimental aspects such as the synthesis, the group has expertise in alternative methods, being pioneer in high pressure/high temperature methods, also called “extreme conditions” through the unique “High-Pressure UCM Lab”. The group has also pioneered in Spain the microstructural characterization of solids by means of Transmission Electron Microscopy and ancillary techniques along with late Atomic Resolution HRTEM and STEM having the instrumental facilities at the UCM. The group has expertise in transport measurements and frequent access to neutron diffraction and synchrotron facilities is granted. Currently, the group is composed by 21 researchers, including the permanent staff, postdocs and PhD students. The scientific output of the group in the last 5 years includes more than 120 research papers in indexed journals, 3 patents over 500 communications at conferences and 10 PhD Theses.
Research topic
The crystal structure adopted by a material is strongly dependent on the chemical composition and synthesis conditions. In this sense, high pressure and high temperature syntheses (HPHT) have been widely used not only to prepare new materials but also for inducing phase transformations.In particular, the (HPHT) method is traditionally used to synthesise metastable structures, as it is the case of the highly distorted perovskites and the tetragonal zircon-type (S. G. I41/amd) of RCrO4 oxides (R = rare earth element); transforms into the tetragonal scheelite-type structure (S. G. I41/a). In the case of the perovskites HPHT conditions allow the stabilisation of small cations at the A-perovskite sites, even for chemical compositions where the tolerance factor t is below 0.75. Among the ABO3 systems treated under HPHT conditions, Mn-containing double perovskites have attracted an especial interest during the last years, due to its spin, charge and orbital degrees of freedom, which induce complex orderings featuring their properties. Mn can be accommodated into the A or B sites depending on its oxidation state,. for instance, Mn4+ and Mn3+ (rVI = 0.53 Å and r VI = 0.645 Å, respectively are only stable at the B position, but Mn2+ can be stabilised under high pressure conditions in the highly coordinated A site of the perovskite structure despite its relatively small ionic radius .By combining A and B site orders in AA'BB'O6 given rise to a so called double-double perovskites (DDPv) obtained in . our previous results on the HP synthesis of the stabilisation of small A–site cations has lately motivated the study of Mn2+2RSbO6 DPv polymorphs. Within this family of oxides several types of magnetic and transport properties appear. Research concerning the polymorphism on the RCrO4 phases (R= rare earth) under HPHT conditions have been studied in our research group. We have reported that the ferromagnetic RCrO4-zircon phases show large magnetocaloric effect at low temperatures which make these compounds potential candidates to be used in magnetic refrigeration processes.
Research area
Chemistry (CHE)
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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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