PhD in Computational Sciences
(Spatial Data Science, Interactive Systems and Visualization)
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.
The PhD will give students the opportunity to explore an exciting range of subjects from complexity to ICT-enabled resilient historical cities, from an applied perspective linked to contemporary challenges of the Eastern Mediterranean region. The following PhD research topics and themes will be pursued:
- Interactive visualization of spatial data, virtual cities, interaction design, model and code optimization;
- Simulation and agent-based modelling applications in ecosystems and the simulation of dynamic phenomena (spatial network analysis; urban modelling; historic city network interactions);
- The management, analysis and interactive visualization of scholarly and humanities research oriented simulation data.
We are looking for recent MSc or MEng graduates of Computer Science, Urban Planning and Architecture or Engineering, ideally specialized in Visualization. The students are expected to have strong analytical skills and experience in 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).
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 program of the European Union.
- Expected starting date: September 2019.
- 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.
The application deadline is June 28, 2019. Please note that Non-EU citizens are strongly encouraged to apply well before the June 28 deadline due to lengthy student visa application procedures.
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.