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
Lourdes Calvo Garrido
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Research group
Separation Processes and Materials Preparation following Green chemistry principles using supercritical fluids- Group 910632 at UCM
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Chemical Science
Group description
The group “Separation Processes and Materials Preparation Following Green Chemistry Principles Using Supercritical Fluids”, ref 910632 is made up of multidisciplinary researchers from two departments: Chemical Engineering and Physical Chemistry at Complutense University of Madrid.

Dr. Lourdes Calvo Garrido, Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department will support the candidate ( following professors are also group members: Dr. Albertina Cabañas y Dr. Concepción Pando both from the Physical Chemistry Department.

The group develops Processes based on the use of Green Solvents, mainly supercritical fluids, including the thermodynamic behaviour and the modelling thereof:

1] Supercritical extraction

2] Preparation of advanced nanomaterials by various techniques: impregnation, SAS and SFEE. In this project we work in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Technology department for the characterization and functionality of the prepared materials.

3] Sterilization of sensitive materials, in the food, medical and military fields.

The team has a project from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, ref RTI2018-097230-B-I00 in force. In the last 5 years, the group has published 1 patent, 34 JCR paper and supervised 5 PhD Thesis and many Master students.
Research group website
Research topic
Supercritical fluid extraction from natural products has received considerable attention as an alternative over traditional methods. The degradation of the product is minimized, and the extractions are faster and more efficient since the selectivity is very high. Hence, the process purification of the extract is very simple or even not necessary, versus conventional extraction with organic solvents that require long and costly concentration and purification steps (e.g. complex downstream). The solvent is easily recovered and recirculated; therefore, supercritical extraction can be considered a sustainable and intensive process.

The aim of the project is the extraction of various natural matrices (microalgae, wastes for revalorization, biomass) to obtain a specific fraction or a bioactive compound of high added value. Supercritical CO2 or pressurized water will be used depending on the polarity of the extract. Other food approved solvents could be also used. The Hansen Solubility Theory will be used to decide the best solvent. The optimization and modelling of the process will be performed to reduce operation and capital expenditures.

The group is seeking a candidate preferably from foreign universities, to favour its internationalisation. The candidate should have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Chemistry or related subjects. With respect to his/her scientific trajectory, the applicant must have experience on supercritical or conventional extraction and an excellent research record demonstrated by participation in competitive projects, scientific publications and presentations at international conferences. Preferably the candidate should demonstrate a track record in knowledge transfer, including participation in projects with companies.
Research area
Chemistry (CHE), Information Science and Engineering (ENG), Environmental Sciences and Geology (ENV), Life Sciences (LIF), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Applicants should submit a letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates preferably from a foreign University, to favour the group internationalisation. The candidate should have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Chemistry or related subjects. The candidate must have an excellent research record demonstrated by
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.

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