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
Ismael Galve-Roperh
Contact email
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Research group
Cannabinoids and neurogenesis
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The Cannabinoid and Neurogenesis" group is part of the Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I (Complutense University) and member of the CIBERNED consortium for research on neurodegenerative diseases. Our group is devoted to the study of neural cell fate regulation by cannabinoid signaling. We investigate the pathophysiological functions of the endocannabinoid system, as well as the consequences of plant-derived cannabinoid exposure in the different research lines detailed below. Our experimental approaches includes the use of a variety of experimental models ranging from in vitro studies using neural and stem cell cultures, signal transduction research, genetic (conditional loss and gain of function) and pharmacological regulation of in vivo mouse models (reporters and conditional/constitutive deficient mice). Translational implications of our research findings are explored in close collaboration with our clinicians collaborators involved in refractory epilepsy and Huntington's disease. The "Cannabinoid and neurogenesis" group in the last 15 years has contributed to define the neurodevelopmental role of cannabinoid signaling with seminal publications that highlighted the requirement of an appropriate endocannabinoid tone in neural progenitor proliferation, neuronal differentiation and long-range axon projection."
Research topic
The following research lines are active in the group. The latest publication related to each one is included as example.
- Cannabinoid signaling in neural stem cells and progenitor identity.
(Díaz-Alonso et al. CB1 Cannabinoid Receptor-Dependent Activation of mTORC1/Pax6 Signaling Drives Tbr2 Expression and Basal Progenitor Expansion in the Developing Mouse Cortex. Cereb Cortex. 25:2395-408 (2014).
- Neurodevelopmental alterations induced by prenatal cannabinoid exposure.
(de Salas-Quiroga et al., Prenatal exposure to cannabinoids evokes long-lasting functional alterations by targeting CB1 receptors on developing cortical neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112:13693-8 (2015)
- Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in malformations of cortical development and refractory epilepsy.
(Díaz-Alonso et al., Loss of cannabinoid CB1 receptors induces cortical migration malformations and increases seizure susceptibility. Cerebral Cortex doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw309 (2016).
- The endocannabinoid system in adult neurogenesis.
(Campos et al., The anxiolytic effect of cannabidiol on chronically stressed mice depends on hippocampal neurogenesis: involvement of the endocannabinoid system. Int J Neuropsychopharmacology 9:1-13 (2013).
- Neuroprotection based in cannabinoid-derived drugs.
(Blázquez et al., The CB1 cannabinoid receptor signals striatal neuroprotection via a PI3K/Akt/mTORC1/BDNF pathway. Cell Death and Differentiation 22:1618-29 (2015).
Diaz-Alonso et al., VCE-003.2, a novel cannabigerol derivative, enhances neuronal progenitor cell survival and alleviates symptomatology in murine models of Huntington's disease. Scientific Reports 19 ;6:29789 (2016).
Research area
Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
- CV including academic, scientific and professional achievements
- Letter of interest
- Contact information of previous supervisors for reference purposes
Candidatures: deadline
Avda. Complutense, s/n; 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
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