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
Alberto A. Del Barrio
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Research group
Computer Architecture and Automation
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering
Group description
The research activity of the Group of Architecture and Technology of Computing Systems (ArTeCS) of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is focused on the conception and construction of digital information processing systems, and its efficient application regarding performance, energy consumption, and cost. Within this broad area, the group pays special attention to high-performance computing, processor & memory hierarchy design and embedded systems.
The research activity of the ArTeCS group covers a wide range of subjects related with high performance computing, computer architecture and system design. Furthermore, the ArTeCS group is one of the groups in UCM graded as “Excellent” by an evaluation commissioned by the State Research Agency.
Two of the most relevant researching lines of the group is the use of Specialized Arithmetic and Hardware Acceleration, both critical for performing the proposed project. Furthermore, ArTeCS belongs to the RISC-V National Excellence Network and represents UCM at RISC-V Foundation.
In relation to the project, recently we have released Deep PeNSieve, that is our framework to entirely train DNNs with posits on top of x86-64 architectures.
Research group website
Research topic
Nowadays, many applications are based on Deep Neural Networks (DNNs): autonomous vehicles, face detection, and even covid-19 detectors. Hence, improving the performance of DNNs is critical to scale such applications in the era of IoT and Big Data. Typically DNNs training has been done in 32-bit floating point, while the inference phase has been performed with reduced width integers. Version 3 universal numbers, aka posits, are a new format for representing real numbers introduced by John L. Gustafson in 2017 to mitigate the problems inherent in floating point, defined by the IEEE-754 standard. This format promises to achieve dynamic ranges similar to the floating point, reducing the bitwidth by half, so its impact on consumption, memory latency, operations execution time and more on any hardware system can be enormous. However, due to the novelty of the posits, they are not standard nor is there a system that runs them natively. This means that they have to be emulated through software libraries, which implies a huge loss of performance as soon as the application has a certain complexity. In the specific case of DNNs, the few studies tackling training with posits have achieved positive results on small feedforward-type networks. However, scaling training to DNNs like AlexNet, VGG or ResNet is a great challenge for the scientific community. The present project aims to develop a hardware accelerator based on RISC-V cores integrating the native support for posits, as well as the associated compilation software support, in order to efficiently perform the training of DNNs. Both the hardware and software developed will be publicly licensed for the benefit of the scientific community.
Research area
Information Science and Engineering (ENG), Mathematics (MAT), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
A motivation letter identifying research synergies (max 1 page)
Your CV (including a list of publications) limited to a maximum of 4 pages
Short summary of your proposed project idea (max 1 page)
Candidatures: deadline
C/ Profesor José García Santesmases, 9; 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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