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
José S. Torrecilla
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Research group
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
ALGOREACH was created with one main goal: the design of custom-made or task-specific intelligent mathematical models for their application in complex processes for fields as diverse as chemical engineering, biochemistry, medicine, or food technology. José S. Torrecilla, Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), is the leader and main researcher of ALGOREACH. This group is included within a well-established research group of the UCM.

ALGOREACH is formed by researches that specialize on different fields such as chemistry, engineering, biochemistry, and mathematics. This multidisciplinary atmosphere has allowed ALGOREACH to work with a wide variety of research groups from different countries, aiding in the development of both national and international projects with either public or private grants. The results attained from these collaborations have been published in a great number of scientific international conferences and numerous manuscripts in prestigious journals with high impacts within their respective fields. In addition, ALGOREACH has edited books in the areas of expertise that summarize their experience in the research sector. This group has collaborated and still collaborates in the organization, management, and teaching of multiple courses.
Research group website
Research topic
AlgoReach is currently involved in several research lines relevant to society within the fields of food technology, medicine, and industrial chemistry. Our research covering topics related with food safety and quality control, detection of environmental risks, early diagnosis of diseases, prevention of occupational risks, among others, have been developed in recent years and have led to the participation in and development of a large number of research projects as well as a high number of publications in international journals of high impact.

Some lines of work that are being developed in the group are: (1) Development of spectroscopic and chemical sensors capable of analyzing small volume samples autonomously, reliably, and quickly without sample conditioning operations; (2) Development of intelligent chemical tools, not only for the above-mentioned sensors, but also for other more classic analytical equipment. These custom-developed algorithms are based on machine learning models, chaotic algorithms, fuzzy logic, etc.; (3) Development of wireless communication tools between the sensors, data processing centre, and cloud computing. Likewise, the preparation of user-friendly software is contemplated, allowing for the simple handling of the applications developed and showing the results in an intuitive way, reliably, safely, and quickly, both in portable devices (tablet, smartphones, etc.) and in computers; (4) Electronic integration of each of the parts mentioned in a single device providing portability, reliability, and security compatible with the real-time measurement of variables (in the field, diagnostic area, or production area).
Research area
Chemistry (CHE), Information Science and Engineering (ENG), Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV), Life Sciences (LIF), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
We would appreciate having the applicant's detailed resume. And a description of the professional objectives that the applicant intends to achieve with the stay in our research group (medium and long term).
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