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PhD in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences (Nanomaterial Synthesis for Gas Sensing Applications)

The Position and the Research

We seek a talented and ambitious researcher for a project to develop highly sensitive hydrogen sensors using well-defined nanostructured materials prepared by aerosol-based techniques. The successful applicant will be admitted to the PhD program in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences. The researcher will be trained to use a range of advanced techniques for synthesizing, characterizing and depositing aerosolized nanoparticle building blocks, which he/she will then have to utilize to prepare the required nanomaterials for the gas sensors. The synthesized nanoparticle building blocks will differ with respect to composition, size and morphology, thereby providing means to control the properties of the sensing materials, and thus the performance of the final-product sensors.

The work will be carried out in the Nanoparticle/Nanomaterial Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (NanoLab) of The Cyprus institute, while the tests of the sensing performance of the prepared nanomaterials will take place at the “Nanostructured Materials” group of the Department of Chemical Engineering at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

Expected starting date:  September 2020 or February 2021.

The Institute and the Research Center

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 center 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 topics related to Energy and Renewables, Environment and Climate, as well as Water and Natural Resources.


The successful candidate will have to be a university graduate (MSc level) with a relevant academic degree (i.e., a degree in physics, chemistry and/or engineering). He/she should have a strong interest and provable affinity with nanotechnology and nanosciences. 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 for this position candidates must specify on their online application that they are applying for the PhD position with reference number: GS-EAS-NSGSA-18-8 in order to be considered for the position.

The regular application deadline for Fall admission is April 15 (for all students). Applications will be received until places are filled (For EU applicants only due to Migration deadlines). 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: 36 months, extendable
Maximum hours per week: 40 (50% work on the project and 50% self study)

Contact Information

You can seek further information for applying 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) or Bernard Dam (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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.