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PhD in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences (Development of Low-cost Aerosol Instrumentation)

The Positions and the Research

We seek two talented and ambitious researcher interested to work in the field of aerosol physics/chemistry and atmospheric monitoring. Successful applicants will be admitted to the PhD program in Energy Environment and Atmospheric Sciences. The work will involve the development of new low-cost aerosol particle spectrometers using novel (including 3D printing) techniques. Once built, the new instruments will be used for field measurements in Cyprus and abroad. The successful candidates will work in a highly interdisciplinary group of scientists, having the opportunity to collaborate with scientist at the Cyprus Institute and the University of Helsinki.

The development of the low-cost instruments will be carried out at the Instrumentation Laboratory of The Cyprus Institute, while the field measurements will take place at the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory at Ag. Marina Xyliatou in Cyprus and at the Station for Measuring Ecosystem–Atmosphere Relations located at Hyytiälä in Finland.

Expected starting date: September 2020 or February 2021.

The Institute and the Research Centrer

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a new (established in 2005) and rapidly growing non-profit research and educational institution with scientific and technological focus. It is supported by the Government of Cyprus, which views its establishment as important to its overall policy of transforming Cyprus into a regional centre for research and education. The Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the CyI was launched in December 2007 as the first research centre of the Institute. EEWRC works in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, and Delft University of Technology on societally relevant issues related to Energy and Renewables, Environment and Climate, and Water and Natural Resources.

Qualifications

The successful candidates will have to be university graduates (MSc level) with a relevant academic degree (i.e., a degree in physics, chemistry and/or engineering). They should have a strong interest in the field of atmospheric sciences, in experimental lab work and/or fluid mechanics simulations. A background in Aerosol Science and Technology, and knowledge of using software such as Matlab, Comsol, Labview, SolidWorks or similar will be considered an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English, above-average study results, and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams are a must.

How to Apply

Applicants should also refer to additional information about admission requirements which can be found on our website under the PhD in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences Admissions section.  When applying through the online application students should state that they are applying for the PhD position with reference code: GS-EAS-DLAI-18-5 otherwise their application for this position may not be considered.

The regular application deadline for admission for September 2020 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.

The regular application deadline for admission for February 2021 is September 15 (for all applicants) and the late application deadline is December 1 (for EU applicants only). Please refer to our website for important details on the application deadlines.

Financial Support

Estimated maximum salary: EUR 14000-15000 per annum
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 30 months, but extendable
Maximum hours per week: 40 (50% work on the project and 50% self-study)

Contact Information

You can seek further information apply for this position, by sending your CV and motivation letter to George Biskos (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel. +357 22208618).

For additional information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies of The Cyprus Institute at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: +357 22208614.