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
Marco Filice
Contact email
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Research group
Nanobiotechnology for Life Sciences
Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Pharmacy
Group description
The candidate will join the Laboratory of ‘Nanobiotechnology For Life Sciences’ (NBT4LS) @UCM. This multidisciplinary research group (Head: M. Filice) is based on a core research team composed by staff members from different disciplines: Chemists, Biochemists, Biomedical Engineers, Physicists, Material Science Engineers, Immunologists and Medical Doctors. All these researchers jointly work with the only goal of a better understanding of precise interaction between nano-biotechnology and biological word in order to offer advanced solutions facing different biomedical societal demands. The research activity of our Lab mainly falls into the fine design and controlled synthesis of novel multifunctional hybrid nanochimers resulting from the combination of site-selective engineered biomolecules (e.g. peptides, proteins, enzymes, polysaccharides, lipids, antibodies or oligonucleotides) together with different customized functional nanomaterials. As result of our highly multidisciplinary research, we are able to achieve a wide set of tailor-made multifunctional nanobiohybrids showing novel and/or enhanced properties in comparison with those of their individual constituting nano/bioelements.
These nanochimers have encountered wide application (e.g. therapeutics, diagnostics, or advanced biocatalysts) confirming their emerging usefulness as next-generation platforms for biosensing, advanced biocatalysis, molecular imaging modalities, biological actuators and biomedical applications.
Research group website
Research topic
The NBT4LS has developed different main research lines which can be grouped as follows:

1. NANOMEDICINE: Novel nanobiotechnology-based approaches for the synthesis, characterization and in vitro/In vivo application of engineered hybrid nanocarriers to be applied in the theranosis (Therapy + Diagnosis) of different pathologies suc as cardiovascular, cancer, respiratory and immune-based diseases.

2. ADVANCED MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC: development of ultra-sensible biosensors based on novel techniques for rapid detection of different diseases. The NBT4LS Lab focuses its research activity on developing novel nanomaterials-based diagnostic devices based on highly promising new architecture:
i. The use of tailor-made magnetic nanoparticles as proximity sensors and low-field magnetic resonance techniques for signal transduction.
ii. The use of Graphene Field Effect Transistors (GFET) biosensors.

3. BIONANOCATALYSIS: development of fully integrated catalytic bionanohybrid for cascade reactions useful in advanced organic synthesis, pharmaceutical and food chemistry, bioremediation and renewable energy production.
Research area
Chemistry (CHE), Life Sciences (LIF)
Candidatures: requirements
The applicants are asked to submit:

1) Detailed CV
2) Motivation Letter
3) A tentative project idea fitting within the research lines of the Group (max 1 page)
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