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
María Cinta Puell
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Research group
Applied Vision
Avenida Arcos de Jalón 118
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Optics and Optometry
Group description
The research group is composed of professors and doctoral students from the Department of Optometry and Vision Science. This group works on projects of vision science and optometry to improve our understanding of the function of the human visual system and to transfer new knowledge into useful clinical test. The Applied Vision research group provides accessible techniques in our own laboratory and in the Optometry Clinic that is located next door, which provides a leading clinical and research environment in psychophysics and optometry. In addition, in the faculty of Optics and Optometry there is a large pool of people working on the eye, from a variety of approaches (optics, biochemistry, ophthalmology), providing an unparalleled environment to develop a research career. Several doctoral students, with both clinical and basic science backgrounds have been trained in our laboratory over 15 years and have found employment in industry, hospitals and universities.

Research group website
Research topic
Research lines include visual function and dysfunction in healthy and diseased eyes, especially impaired night vision, glare, dark adaptation and development of psychophysical test to investigate the retinal function.
The proposed project is aimed at expanding knowledge about the relationship between structural changes in the retina, observed through imaging techniques, and changes in visual function measured with novel psychophysical tests. The goal is to help differentiate healthy aging of the retina from the pathological situation. This will help in the early diagnosis and monitoring of retinal disease and will allow the identification of patients at higher risk who could benefit from early clinical intervention.
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
Applications to Applied Vision (UCM) should include:
* Letter of interest including the abstract of the proposal
* CV (including the list of publications)
* 2 letters of reference
Candidatures: deadline
Avda. Arcos de Jalón, 118; 28037 - MADRID

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