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
Javier Olea Ariza
Contact email
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Research group
Thin Films and Microelectronics Group
Departamento de Física Aplicada III
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Physical Science
Group description
The Thin Films and Microelectronics Group of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) has an experience of decades researching on microelectronics and semiconductor devices. The group is actually composed of 2 full professors, 3 professors, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 3 PhD students. 4 theses have been defended in the last 10 years, and 20 undergraduate projects in the last 5 years. The group has published more than 40 high-impact papers and has patented 2 technologies in the last 5 years. Stable collaborations are maintained with national (Universidad de Valladolid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona, CIEMAT, etc.) and international research groups (Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, etc). The group receives funding every year from national competitive calls from the Ministry of Science and from the Comunidad de Madrid. The group is responsible or has access to the following equipment: ion implanter, optical lithography, high pressure sputtering, ion-beam evaporation, ECR-CVD, reactive ion etching, semi-automatic wire bonder, and many characterization equipments, like a complete optoelectronic characterization system in the visible and infrared range with temperature control down to 12 K or two probestations with impedance and current analyzers.
Research group website
Research topic
Currently, there are two main lines that gather most of our efforts:
- Supersaturated and intermediate band materials based on silicon and III-V semiconductors for photovoltaic devices. Taking advantage of sub-bandgap photons, in particular in the infrared range, the efficiency of solar cells could be enhanced. The group developed the technology necessary to fabricate these materials and now is immersed in the fabrication of prototype devices in collaboration with the Solar Energy Institute (Madrid), CIEMAT (Madrid) and UPC (Barcelona). Although the overall efficiency of devices is still low, we have demonstrated the onset of sub-bandgap quantum efficiency.
- Supersaturated and intermediate band materials based on silicon for infrared photodetectors. IR photodetectors based on silicon could have enormous advantages among current technologies, including: no need of cooling devices, minimizing the use of toxic and scarce materials, reduced cost and CMOS compatibility due to the use of silicon as substrate, and, finally, the possibility of design visible-extended-to-IR devices. The IR detectors market is underpenetrated at this moment and the group is evaluating the first prototypes aiming at the industrial transference of the process. We are now fabricating and testing prototypes pixel matrices. The full technology is being developed in our facilities.
Research area
Information Science and Engineering (ENG), Physics (PHY)
Candidatures: requirements
Complete curriculum vitae with a summary of publications, conferences and patents.
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