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PhD in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences (Atmospheric and Climate Modelling)

PhD Program

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.

Financial Support

Four (4) 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.

Scientific Topics

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) Regional Climate Modelling and Extremes: Regional climate change modelling, with a focus on local scales and temperature extremes in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), in the context of the MENA-CORDEX international programme and within the CELSIUS (“Projecting temperature climate extremes at regional to urban scale”) project, coordinated by the Cyprus Institute and funded by RPF. (Application Reference Code: GS-EAS-ACM-18-3)

4) 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)

For more information on the research context, please contact, for topics 1 and 2 above, Dr Theodoros Christoudias (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and for topics 3 and 4 above, Dr Panos Hadjinicolaou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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.

How to Apply

For information on admission requirements and eligibility criteria, including access to the online application system, please visit the Education section of The Cyprus Institute website ( or contact the Office of Graduate Studies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please indicate in the Letter of Intent the scientific topic(s) that you are applying for along with the Application Reference Code listed above in order to be considered for the position. Applications received by November 15 will be eligible for consideration for entry in the following Spring Semester (starting February 2019).