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PhD in Computational Sciences

(Atmospheric Model Development and Optimization)


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 Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of CyI pioneers the introduction, development and employment of intense computational methods and data to advance scientific and technological disciplines. Backed by CyI's Tier-1 supercomputing facility, CaSToRC aspires to cultivate the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Data Science in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean and to serve the needs for computational and data intensive applications.

Scientific Topics

The following PhD research topics and themes will be pursued:

  1. Earth System model development, code optimization and porting to new architectures,
  2. Model applications in the regional and global domains through computational simulations and
  3. The management, analysis and visualization of climate and atmospheric model generated data.


We are looking for recent MSc graduates of Computer Science, Physical Sciences or Engineering, ideally specialized 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. Applicants must also check the additional admissions requirements on our website (see Applications section below).

Financial Support

The successful candidate 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 Assistantship and full tuition coverage. The Assistantship is associated with the student contributing through his/her Thesis research to the goals of the National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe (NI4OS-Europe) project, under the Horizon 2020 funding programme of the European Union.

  • Expected start date: September 2020.
  • Estimated maximum salary: EUR 15000 per annum.
  • Employment basis: 50% work on the project and 50% study for the specified period.
  • Duration of the contract: 36 months, with the possibility of extension.

Application Procedure

The regular application deadline is April 15 (for all applicants). 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. When you apply please make sure you specify the project name and the code: GS-COS-AMDO-19-2 on the application form.

To apply, please go to the Program Overview section for general information about the program and our Admissions section which provides all the details about the admissions process, requirements and eligibility criteria, along with a link to the online application form.

Contact Information

You can seek further information about applying for this position, by sending your CV and motivation letter to Dr Theodoros Christoudias (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

If you have any questions about the application process, you may contact the Office of Graduate Studies at: tel: +357 22208614 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.