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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MSCA Group
Scientific Supervisor
José Manuel Udías Moinelo
Contact email
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Research group
Nuclear Physics Group
Structure of the Matter, Applied Physics and Electronics
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Physical Science
Group description
The Nuclear Physics Group (NPG) at Universidad Complutense includes more than 20 members, including three full professors, one of them an early MSCA fellow himself, four associate professors, six research fellows and postdoctoral researchers and more than ten PhD and MSc students. Its research covers Applied, Experimental and Theoretical Nuclear Physics.

We take part in international nuclear physics experimental collaborations suach as ISOLDE@CERN and other facilities, and in the areas of range verification for particle therapy, development of new detectors and radiobiology-guided treatment planning, with publications in the most important peer-reviewed journals of the field. We have hosted four MSCA research fellows in the last 5 years (three MSCA-COFUND and one MSCA-IF), and we collaborate with protontherapy centers as Quironsalud and CUN (Madrid), WPE (Germany) or the UPenn proton therapy center (Philadelphia, USA).

We have access to outstanding experimental facilities including two laboratories for nuclear detector test and development, employed both in experimental nuclear physics and its medical applications, a protoacoustic detection lab, and a further well equipped wet lab for biomedical engineering projects. The group has developed nuclear detectors exhibiting world record timing performance.

The group has a long collaboration with industry, having licensed products being exploited worlwide, constituting a substantial fraction of its research funds.
Research group website
Research topic
Particle therapy is a growing external radiotherapy that utilizes the properties of protons and carbon ions (vs. photons and electrons) to deliver more conformal dose distributions in the patients, maximizing doses to the tumor whilst minimizing risks to surrounding healthy tissues. In clinical proton therapy facilities, beams are accelerated to MeV energies and stopped within the patient body. The exact stopping position of a given beam is known only with limited accuracy due to uncertainties in patient positioning, imaging and treatment delivery; therefore, in order to fully exploit the potential of proton therapy, an in-vivo verification system, able to determine the beam range in the patient during irradiation with sub-millimetric accuracy, is desired.

At this moment, at the Nuclear Physics group we have several projects related with the advance of particle therapy and therefore, we welcome MSCA applicants with a synergistic interest in the following topics:
Development of contrast agents for PET and prompt-gamma range verification of particle therapy beams.
Development of an ultra-high-instant rates capable prompt-gamma detector suitable for modern synchrocyclotron accelerators.
Development of an ionoacoustic range detection system with advanced image reconstruction techniques.
Radiobiology and treatment planning for particle therapy.
Instrumentation for in-beam PET.
Ideal candidates should hold a PhD in Physics or Engineering in related fields such as nuclear physics, medical physics, dosimetry, nuclear medicine, image reconstruction, radiobiology radiation detection, etc. Applicants with a background in experimental nuclear or particle physics with an interest in medical physics and protontherapy are specially welcome.
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Interested applicants should submit a short motivation letter, their CV (including their academic track record), and an executive summary of the proposed MSCA project (maximum 2 pages).
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