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
Marta Novo
Contact email
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Research group
Soil Zoology Group /Molecular Phylogeny Group
Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Biological Science
Group description
My work on earthworms’ evolutionary biology has focused on molecular phylogeny, phylogeography, systematics, speciation, reproduction and adaptation to stressful environmental factors. My questions have been directed towards endemic, cosmopolitan and lately invasive species. These animals, although often neglected, represent a fantastic model for different elementary questions, since they live intimately related and influenced by the soil, and their dispersal capacity (with exceptions) is relatively low. That makes them excellent candidates to study phylogeographic patterns, cryptic speciation or adaptation capacities (phenotypic, genomic or epigenomic). My training covers diverse topics on animal macro- and microevolution from deep phylogenies to molecules. I have used the latest techniques, such as Next Generation Sequencing (phylogenomics, gene expression based on transcriptomes, epigenomics) and have combined them with traditional techniques (molecular markers, qPCR, histology, morphology, in-situs, environmental analyses), in order to gain the most comprehensive insight into the problems investigated. Our group includes experts on earthworm taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology.
Research topic
The aim of my current project is to understand the molecular mechanisms that may allow the survival and adaptation of earthworms under the changing environmental conditions derived from Climate Change (primarily heat and hydric stress) in the short term (acclimation: physiological response and gene expression) and the long-term (adaptive response: positive selection and molecules evolution) and to identify potential molecular biomarkers for future assessment of other populations/species of earthworms or different invertebrates. Within the project we will study: i) the relationships among genomic
(SNPs) and climatic variation in earthworm populations of some species inhabiting locations with differences in precipitation and heat patterns. Those species possessing genetic variation associated to climate would have a greater chance to survive and adapt to future changes; ii) the molecular mechanisms that regulate the aestivation in earthworms, as a physiological response under heat ad hydric stress; iii) some of the potential biochemical tools of earthworms against Climate Change, through the evolutionary and functional analysis of small Heat Shock Proteins (sHSPs). The results will allow to better understand the mechanisms of adaptation and acclimation of soil invertebrates to some of the environmental challenges associated with the Climate Change, as well as identify relevant molecular markers to be used as bioindicators under those conditions. Genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic data will be generated that
will provide an overview of the adaptive processes but will also serve as valuable genetic information sources for this ecologically relevant group of organisms.
Research area
Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV), Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
Applicants should send an expression of interest consisting of a CV, the contact information of at least one reference, 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