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
Miguel Arroyo
Contact email
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Research group
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Biological Science
Group description
UCM Enzyme Biotechnology Group is located in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). The group has a broad experience in cloning and overexpression, purification, biochemical characterization and immobilization of enzymes which might be useful in industrial processes. In this sense, many relevant scientific contributions have been published about different microbial enzymes that have been studied in our lab, such as penicillin acylases, AHL acylases, PHA depolymerases and nucleoside deoxyribosyltransferases. Research current projects are focused on novel hexosaminidases, α-D-glucuronidases, β-D-glucuronidases and lipases that are involved in the production of carbohydrate derivatives with applications in both pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The UCM Biotechnology Group has supervised 5 PhD thesis during the last 10 years.
Research group website
Research topic
In silico screening of putative N-acetyl-β-D-hexosaminidases, α -D-glucuronidases, and β-D-glucuronidases will be carried out in order to find out novel biocatalysts for the production of new derivatives of N-acetylglucosamine. In addition, novel lipases will be also searched for the synthesis of sorbitol- and sugar-based esters in green solvents. Likewise, we will look for microbial enzymes for the degradation of polyester-type plastics such as polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHAs), polybutylene succinate (PBS), polybutylene succinate-co-butylene adipate (PBSA), poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) or poly(L-lactic acid) (PLA). Although some enzymes have been described for these purposes, novel improved biocatalysts are demanded. So, exploration of new biocatalysts is necessary, and actinomycetes could be an interesting alternative as a microbial source of novel enzymes. As a starting point, some interesting gene sequences encoding these enzymes have been found in some genomes deposited by the UCM Enzyme Biotechnology group in the GenBank. Several enzyme candidates will be chosen to clone the corresponding synthetic genes into different plasmids (such as pET28 or pET24), and employing different expression hosts (E. coli, Rhodococcus or Streptomyces). Fermentative production and further purification of the enzymes from the culture broths of the recombinant strains will be performed using different purification techniques. Protein structure and kinetic features of purified enzymes will be studied. Different tailored-made biocatalysts will be created by protein engineering techniques (such as directed evolution, site-directed mutagenesis, etc.). If necessary, immobilization will be carried out to improve the robustness and allow multiple use of the biocatalysts.
Research area
Chemistry (CHE), Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV), Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
CV, two recommendation letters, and a motivation letter.
Candidatures: deadline
C/ José Antonio Novais, 12; Ciudad Universitaria; 28040 - 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