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
Beatriz Alvarez Castelao
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Research group
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Group description
Proteins are the molecular machines that execute the complex physicochemical processes of life. This molecular machinery is dynamic and is remodelled in response to environmental changes. During development, cells undergo a massive transformation. As a consequence, they need to adapt their initial protein content to their final shape, location, and function. Once cells reach their mature state they face two distinct challenges: on the one hand they have to maintain their proteomes in a functional state over the whole lifetime by degrading and replacing proteins (proteostasis), on the other hand, they have to adapt to the environment by modifying their proteomes (plasticity). This task is especially evident in neurons where learning and memory processes require constant proteome remodelling via protein synthesis and degradation, additionally, neurons receive stimuli from an intricate network composed of very specialized neuronal and non-neuronal cells.
Aberrant neuronal protein synthesis and degradation in neurons have been related to several neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.
The global aim of my laboratory will be to study protein homeostasis using a cell-type specific method for protein identification. We are doing comparative studies of protein expression profiles in specific cell-types, in wt and disease-related mouse models.
Research group website
Research topic
Proteostasis study in Huntington disease mouse model:
The motivation for choosing this model is that in this mouse line there is a clear progression of the aggregates with aging and it is a clear difference in the aggregation pattern found in different cell-types, specially two main cell-types in the brain; Neurons and Glia, both with important roles in the development of the disease.

Huntington’s disease belongs to the polyglutamine diseases, this group of neurodegenerative disorders is characterized by the expansion of the trinucleotide repeat CAG, encoding for glutamine. Polyglutamine expansions induce protein aggregation that ultimately/or simultaneously disturbs cellular protein homeostasis. The onset of the disease is proportional to the number of repeats, but generally appears in middle/elderly-aged individuals and the aggregates of Huntingtin (Htt) become more frequent with age in all cases. One possible explanation for this is that younger neurons are able to clear cytotoxic proteins more efficiently than older neurons, this might occur because the degradation machinery, including the UPS or autophagy, might become less efficient with age. Despite extensive exploration of these pathways, it remains elusive which are the specific changes on its components, or which are the specific factors that modulate Htt aggregation during the aging process. We are using cell-type specific proteomes to explore the protein landscape in neurons and glia with the aim to elucidate some of the molecules/pathways involved in protein aggregation and clearance.
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
able to handle mice
able to perform routinely laboratory techniques such as WB, SDS-PAGE, IF..
if the applicant know programing, or MS analysis this would be considered very positively.
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