The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is accepting applications for its Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences PhD program. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to study at The Cyprus Institute, applying their research towards the activities of the modelling group within the Atmosphere and Climate Division. The Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences PhD program educates potential scholars in subjects that are of international high priority. The challenging program curriculum includes courses that establish a common basis among students from different disciplines, as well as a number of courses that provide insights into a variety of more specialized and vital topics.
Three (3) successful candidates will receive financial support for up to three years of PhD studies at the CyI. The financial support consists of living expenses in the form of Graduate Research Assistantships and full tuition coverage. The Assistantship is associated with the student contributing through his/her Thesis research to the goals of the Atmosphere and Climate Division, including two externally funded projects supported by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) RESTART 2016-2020 programme.
The PhD research will be carried out in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) with student secondments at the MPIC’s facilities in Mainz, Germany. The following PhD research topics and themes will be pursued:
1) Atmospheric Dust and Energy Forecasting: Forecasting of atmospheric dust and other aerosols, cloud interactions, to support solar energy applications, will be pursued through the optimization and application of modelling tools, emission inventories and satellite data assimilation. (Application Reference Code: GS-EAS-ACM-18-1)
2) Satellite Data Analysis and Assimilation: The new generation of high-resolution satellite data of atmospheric composition will be analysed for emission source strengths and trends in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region. The data will also be used for assimilation and optimization of forecasting. (Application Reference Code: GS-EAS-ACM-18-2)
3) Urban Microclimatic Modelling: Application of local and regional climate models for urban environments to develop intervention scenarios for energy use reduction, associated with the urban microclimate, within the SUSTURBANCLIM (“Urban Micro-Climate, and the Design of Sustainable Built Environments”) project in collaboration with the University of Cyprus, funded by RPF. (Application Reference Code: GS-EAS-ACM-18-4)
We are looking for recent MSc graduates of Physical Sciences or Engineering, ideally specialised in Atmospheric Sciences. The students are expected to have strong analytical skills and background or experience in mathematics and computing. The preferred candidates will also have good communication and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential; proficiency in Greek language will be considered an advantage.
For additional important information on admissions, requirements and eligibility criteria please visit the website: https://www.cyi.ac.cy/index.php/education/phd-programs/energy-environment-and-atmospheric-sciences/phd-admissions.html. Applicants must meet these criteria as well to be considered for admission.
Reference Code: in order to be considered for the position, please indicate in the Letter of Intent of the online application the scientific topic(s) that you are applying for, along with the Application Reference Code which you can find in the Scientific Topics section above.
Application Deadline: The regular application deadline for fall admission is April 15 (for all applicants) and the late application deadline is July 15 (for EU applicants only). Please refer to our website for important details on the application deadlines.
Expected Start Date: September 2020