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
Fivos Panetsos
Contact email
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Research group
Neuro-robotics and Neuro-computing Research Group
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Optics and Optometry
Group description
We are a Research Consortium formed by 4 Institutions, the Center for Biomedical Technology of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the Neuro-computing & Neuro-robotics Research Group of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Institute for Health Research of the Hospital San Carlos Madrid and Silk Biomed SL, a spin off company of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

We are a fully interdisciplinary Team, working in Biomaterials Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Experimental Neuroscience, Stem Cells, Brain Plasticity, Neuroprotection, Neural Repair, Clinical Applications.
Research group website
Research topic
Project 1: Artificial retina: We aim to develop and commercialize a novel hybrid nano-biomaterials for in situ neuroprotection and regeneration of the retina in patients with traumatic or degenerative diseases (i.e., AMD). Neural Tissue Engineering, Soft Nano-biomaterials, Electrophysiology

Project 2: Neural tissue engineering and soft nano-biomaterials. We aim to develop new silk fibroin hydrogel-assisted stem cell therapy for post-stroke brain neuroprotection and regeneration. It includes controlled drug delivery system based on silk fibroin biomaterial to enhance neuroprotection by targeting spreading depolarization waves after cerebral damage, genetic approaches (iPSC reprogramming) for the differentiation of silk fibroin-encapsulated stem cells and their integration into the neural tissue. Neural Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells, Soft Nano-biomaterials

Project 3: Modulation of the immune system through non-invasive stimulation of the vagus nerve for therapeutic purposes in cases of (i) cerebral ischemia (ii) autoimmune diseases, like Crohn or inflammatory bowel disease or (iii) severe inflammation, like Covid19-induced ARDS.
Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve has multiple therapeutic effects, both central (antiepileptic, antidepressive, etc.) and peripheral (cardiac, immunologic, etc.). Vagal stimulation induces potentiation of the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway through the activation of cholinergic receptors and strengthening of the immune response

Project 4. Multi-brain connection and interchange of information. Emergent properties of fully interconnected brains during collaborative tasking performance. Information coding and stimulation protocols, higher capabilities, ethical and philosophical questions, etc.
Research area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC), Life Sciences (LIF), Mathematics (MAT), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Strong motivation for scientific research, keen interest in translating scientific findings to practical applications
Be brilliant
Be enthusiastic team players but be also able to work alone
Have a very good academic record
Previous lab training is recommended but not necessary
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