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msca call applications


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  Opening date             

  22 June 2021


  12 October 2021


In line with the Institute's strategy to promote excellence, IMDEA Nanociencia is inviting Expressions of Interest from potential international postdoctoral researchers who are interested in applying for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021.  

The objective of MSCA is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. 

These fellowships may include an optional short-term secondments anywhere in the world during the fellowship, and as a novelty, proposals may include an additional period up to 6 months (Placement period) at a non-academic sector organization established in a Member State or Associated Country, at the end of the fellowships.

IMDEA Nanociencia offers an attractive international working environment and the researchers involved in the different programmes are running more than 40 operative research laboratories. This international atmosphere is coupled with strong interdisciplinary research which is organized around 5 programmes: (i) Organic Nanosystems for light harvesting and energy conversion, (ii) Fundamental properties of 2D materials, (iii) Nanomedicine against cancer and infection; (iv) Nanomagnetism and critical raw materials and (v) Solid state quantum devices for information technologies. 

For this call, we welcome expressions of interest particularly in the following Research Groups:


Who can apply?

All expressions of interest must meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme. In particular, applicants must be Postdoctoral Researchers who hold a PhD degree at the call deadline (12 October 2021). As a new feature, they should have up to 8 years’ research experience (full time equivalent) measured from PhD award date with the exception of years outside research, career breaks or research in a third country (in case of reintegration). Likewise, researchers cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host country (Spain) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

The grant provides an allowance to cover living, mobility and family costs. In addition, the EU contributes to the research, training and networking costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project. The researcher may be of any nationality and no age restrictions apply. The grant is awarded to the host organization.

Only one proposal per individual researcher may be submitted to this call.


How to express your Interest in a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships at IMDEA Nanociencia

Candidates are required to read carefully the MSCA PF Guide for Applicants 2021 to ascertain eligibility, especially with regard to the mobility rules for each scheme, and then express their interest no later than 20th August 2021, by providing:

  • An updated CV (max. 2 pages plus full list of publications).
  • A Research proposal summary (max. 2 pages).
  • A letter of interest with the motivation to join IMDEA Nano (max. 1 page).

Please send your expression-of-interest-pack in one PDF file attachment by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and the PI in which you have interest) with the reference “MSCA application - Supervisor name”. Expressions of interest will be pre-selected based on the quality of the research idea and the candidate will be invited to make a formal application with their supervisor.

Selected candidates will be provided with both nominated academic and administrative support with regards to proposal development. They will be invited to participate in an online MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships training session.


If you are looking for a Posdoctoral Fellowship, do not discard to apply to the COFUND - IDEAL Postdoctoral Programme in Nanoscience of IMDEA Nanociencia.


We look forward to hosting you at IMDEA Nanociencia!

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