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
Enrique Andivia
Contact email
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Research group
Global Change Ecology and Restoration
Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Biological Science
Group description
The Global Change Ecology and Restoration group is a multidisciplinary team with a broad interest in plant ecology and ecosystem response to global change. We focus on the application of ecological theory to environmental management and conservation, with a special emphasis on ecological restoration and on Mediterranean ecosystems. We work on different ecological disciplines, from ecophysiology to evolutionary biology; at different spatial scales, from populations to landscape; and with a wide variety of ecosystems, from grasslands to forests. We complemented our research with teaching activities in the BSc in Biology, MSc in Ecosystem Restoration, MSc in Conservation Biology, and the PhD program in Ecology at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Our main research lines are:
- Biological invasions
- Ecological restoration
- Ecology of agricultural landscape
- Ecosystem response to contamination
- Forest management and restoration under global change
- Plant evolutionary ecology
- Urban ecology
Research group website
Research topic
Global change is globally altering forest ecosystems with negative effects on forest productivity, mortality and regeneration. These impacts ultimately compromise the provision of critical ecosystem services to human well-being. Expected negative effects of global change on forest functioning are especially noticeable in drought-prone areas. The coupling of higher temperature and lower precipitation has been coined as hotter droughts, which implies more intense drought stress in plants. Hotter droughts are, in fact, behind recent forest decline and dieback episodes, and failure in seedling establishment. All these processes can trigger the deterioration of forest ecosystems services, and more importantly, can change the community structure of vulnerable forest ecosystems. In addition, management legacies and the subsequent abandonment of traditional forest use have resulted in very dense and structurally and functionally homogeneous stands, which aggravates climate change impacts. Thus, there is an urgent need to improve knowledge and technical capacity with forest management strategies that improve water balance in plants, to ultimately increase the forests’ resilience to shifts in climate.

The project will aim at evaluating forest management and restoration strategies to mitigate global change impacts on forest ecosystems, with a special emphasis on decreasing risks, promoting short-term resistance, and enhancing long-term resilience in drought-prone forests.
Research area
Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV), Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
- Curriculum vitae
- Motivation letter
- Two references (recommendation letters are not mandatory but they will be positively considered)
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.

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European Office