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The Cyprus Institute Graduate School Summer 2019 Internship Program

 

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The Cyprus Institute Graduate School is pleased to announce its Summer Internship program for Summer 2019. Through this program, The Cyprus Institute Graduate School aims to expose young talented students and scholars to an international research experience and to encourage and inspire them in the pursuit of a scientific career. Interns will have a unique opportunity to carry out research at the institute's state-of-the-art facilities supervised by a mentor and to be introduced to the use of the latest methods and techniques.  
During the application process, students will have the option to either: 

(1) select one project from the table below or
(2) suggest a project of interest*
*students who propose their own suggested project must note that this will be considered, provided that the institute has the capacity in terms of supervision and facilities 

Applications are welcome from candidates worldwide with a keen interest and a relevant scientific background. 

Students who are accepted to the program will be assigned to one project. 

All applicants will be asked to justify their selection in a 300-word statement on the online application form.

 

Thematic domain:

Archaeological Science

Project title:

Food remains in Ancient Cyprus 

Start date:

The program should take place between June 1 and July 31 (for 8 weeks)

Duration:

8 weeks

Program objectives:

Training in archaeobotanical research

Mentor:

Dr Evi Margaritis

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr. Efi Nikita

Financial aid availability:

No

Thematic domain:

Atmospheric Modelling

Project title:

Evaluation of WRF-Chem Air Quality Model over EMME Region

Start date:

Internship may start any time in June

Duration:

8 weeks

Objectives:

Evaluate model performance based on comparison of simulation output with available atmospheric composition observations. Measurement datasets will be identified, sourced, and processed for homogenisation to produce statistical metrics of model skill from simulations.

Expected results:

Report on WRF-Chem model simulations comparison with observations

Mentor:

Dr Theodoros Christoudias

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr Jonilda Kushta

Other information:

Applicants must be in their senior year (of their undergraduate studies) or graduate students.
Financial Aid Availability:

No

 


Thematic domain:

Atmospheric Sciences

Project title:

Characterization of low-cost instruments for air quality monitoring

Start date:

June 1 (flexible)

Duration:

8-12 weeks

Objectives:

The objective of hte project is the characterize low-cost aerosol intruments and sensors for air quality monitoring for measuring the concentration of gaseous pollutants and the properties of aerosol particles.

Expected results:

Characterization dataset of instruments, that could lead to a potential publication in the future.

Mentor:

Dr Anna Maisser

Other CyI staff involved:

n/a

Financial Aid Available 

No

Thematic domain:

Atmospheric Sciences

Project title:

Measurments of the hygroscopicity of aerosol nanoparticles 

Start date:

June 1 (may be flexible upon request)

Duration:

8-12 weeks

Objectives:

The objective of the project is to determine the hygroscopicity of laboratory-generated nanoparticles of well-defined composition that is relevant for the atmosphere.

Expected results:

Dataset mapping out the hygroscopicity of laboratory-generated particles, that will lead to a potential publication in a scientific journal.

Mentor:

Dr. George Biskos

Other CyI staff involved:

-

Financial Aid Available:

No

 

Thematic domain:

Climate Impacts on Vector-borne Diseases

Project title:

CyRecord: Citizen science hub for mosquito surveillance

Start date:

Ideally the program will take place in June and July for 8-9 weeks, however, the dates are flexible and can be discussed with the program Mentor.

Duration:

8-9 weeks

Objectives:

Across the globe, more people die of mosquito-borne diseases than war. In recent years, we have seen such diseases expanding ranges in Europe. We have seen the transmission of chikungunya fever in Italy, large outbreaks of West Nile fever in Greece and Romania, the first local transmission of Dengue fever in France and Croatia, and the resurgence of malaria in Greece. Our existing knowledge of mosquito habitats is constantly challenged as a result of climate change and human activities. Cyprus, being at the crossroads of three continents and civilizations, is not immune to the accidental or intentional introduction of invasive mosquito species threatening human health.
This project concerns complementing active monitoring and surveillance programmes in Cyprus with citizen science. Passive surveillance activities undertaken by the public can be used to survey the fauna, continuously produce biological data, and boost the efficiency of active surveillance strategies [1]. Through such activities, efficient channels of communication between the community, scientists, and authorities can be established, which in turn assists in the early detection of invasive species, raise public awareness, and engage the community in the management of risks to human health.
The intern will help to establish a data server for recording the mosquito fauna in Cyprus. An Indicia Warehouse (http://www.indicia.org.uk/) will be developed, which will serve as a focal point for vital information. A mobile application will be developed based on the open-source iRecord App hosted by the Biological Records Center in the United Kingdom (https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/). The iRecord App makes use of an Indicia Warehouse hosted in the UK and provides an extendable platform for recording any species of interest. Using the WebStorm Integrated Development Platform, the application will be customised to suit local and regional interests. The resulting citizen science hub will be used for detecting the presence of invasive mosquito species in Cyprus and to inform about recognising their presence and controlling their populations.
[1] H. Kampen, J. M. Medlock, A. G. C. Vaux, C. J. M. Koenraadt, A. J. H. van Vliet, F. Bartumeus, A. Oltra, C. A. Sousa, S. Chouin, and D. Werner, “Approaches to passive mosquito surveillance in the EU” Parasit Vectors, vol. 8, p. 9, Jan 2015.

Expected results:

The intern will have a basic introduction to
 

1. Developing data servers

2. Designing, implementing, and deploying mobile applications

3. Invasive mosquitoes, diseases transmitted by them, and methods of surveillance and control

Mentor:

Dr. Kamil Erguler

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr. Angeliki Martinou

Financial Aid Available:

No


Thematic Domain: Computer Science / Machine Learning / Bioinformatics 
Project Title:  Unsupervised feature extraction of protien sequences using advanced machine learining methodologies
Start Date:  Proposed project dates: 01/07/19-31/08/19 (week of Aug 12-16 institute will be closed). There is some flexibiltiy with the dates
Duration: 8 weeks
Objectives: - Optimization of reading and writing FASTA files
- By using advanced machine learning and deep learning methodologies for the  analysis and feature extraction of protein sequences without any prior knowledge
Expected Results: A model for automatic extraction of protein sequences features
Mentor:  Dr Charalambos Chysostomou
Additional Background Requirements: The applicant need to be at-least in the 3rd year of his Bachelor studies, with previous experience on programming and basic understanding of machine learning methodologies.
Financial Aid Available: No

Thematic Domain:   Concentrating Solar Power and Desalination of Sea Water
Project Title:  Hands-on experience and participation in experiments implemented in the PROTEAS faciltiy 
Start Date:  June 1 (but flexible)
Duration:  8 weeks
Objectives:  Hands-on experience with a demonstration of concentrated solar power and desalination of sea water  
Expected Results:  Active participation in experiments. Gaining of experience in experimental campaigns and in designing and executing experiments.
Mentor:  Dr. Marios C Georgiou
Other CyI staff involved:  Dr. Aris Bonanos, Dr Costas Marakkos, Dr Konstantinos Stokos
Additional Background Requirements: Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physics student, preferrably in their final year of their Bachelor's degree. Applicants with additional qualifications are welcome to apply.
Financial Aid Available: Only in exceptional cases.

Thematic domain:

Digital Archaeology

Project title:

3D Documentation of Archeological Sites and Monuments

Start date:

Program should take place in June and July 

Duration:

8 weeks

Objectives:

Acquire knowledge on 3D documentation, post-processing and analysis of results

Mentor:

Dr. Sorin Hermon

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr. Nikolas Bakirtzis, Dr. Dante Abate

Additional Background Requirements:

Applicants should preferrably have a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Architecture, Geodesy (or related).

Financial Aid Available:

Possibly, based on merit

Thematic Domain: 

Energy Systems Analysis 

 Project Title:

Techno-economic analysis of solar thermal polygeneration systems in a competitive market

 Start Date:

Flexible

 Duration:

8 weeks

 Objectives:

Assist in the evaluation of the economic potential of solar thermal polygeneration systems in specific georgraphic locations. Emphasis will be placed on energy islands and georgraphic islands.

 Expected Results:

The intern will gain a strong understanding of energy economics and solar thermal technology concepts.

 Mentor:

Dr. Nestor Flylaktos

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr. Manual Blanco, Dr. Contantinos Taliotis 

Additional Background Requirements:

Applicants must preferably be in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree. Eligible fields include, but are not limited to:
• Energy Economics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Physical Geography
• Environmental Sciences
Knowledge in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) is considered an advantage. Applicants with additional qualifications are welcome.

Financial Aid Available:

No

Thematic Domain: Herigage Science 
Project Title: Analytical diagnostics of works of art
Start Date: Internship must take place in June and July
Duration: 8 weeks
Objectives: The intern will acquire knowledge on how to use analytical instrumentation for the investigation of works of art and arcaeological objects using non-invasive methods, such as spectroscopy, digital microscopy and technical imaging.
Expected Results: Interns will acquire knowledge on the use of spectroscopy based investigations of works of art and archaeological assets for the study of their conservation state, materiality and techniques of manufacture. They will also gain insights on the integration of other investigation methods, such as technical imaging and digital microscopy.
Mentor: Dr. Sorin Hermon
Other CyI staff involved: Dr. Nikolas Bakirtzis, Ms. Svetlana Gasanova
Additional Background Requirements: A Bachelor's in Archaeology, Chemistry or Art History is preferred.
Financial Aid Available: Possibly - based on merit.

Thematic domain:

Mechanical Engineering 

Project title:

Numerical Investigation of plate flexibilty under point loads

Start date:

Flexible

Duration:

8 weeks

Objectives:

• Numerical discretization of plate deformation equation under loads with appropriate boundary conditions and development of algorithm for solution
• Validation of against finite element predictions
• Study plate deformation under influence of several point loads
• Comparison of deformed shape against a pre-defined shape. Identification of number of discrete loads necessary to achieve a given shape.

Expected results:

A numerical solution to the plate deformation equation under several point loads

Mentor:

Dr. Aris Bonanos

Other CyI staff involved:

N/A

Additional Background Requirements: • Development of solution in Matlab. Good knowledge of matlab is recommended
• Discretization of differential equations. Familiarity with numerical analysis and finite difference schemes.

Financial Aid Available:

No


Thematic domain:

Mechanical Engineering 

Project title:

Time Dependent Simulation of Thermal Desalination Systems

Start date:

Flexible

Duration:

8 weeks

Objectives:

• Develop an object-oriented code for simulation of the multiple effect distillation (MED) process for thermal desalination
• Equations used should include time-dependence
• Enhance existing code through developing various objects of the process
• Modular code so that user can select what components are included, such as preheater, flash box, and thermal vapor compressor

Expected results:

A code capable of predicting the performance of a MED system, quantifying distillate produced vs energy consumed.

Mentor:

Dr. Aris Bonanos

Other CyI staff involved:

N/A

Other Background Requirements:

Good knowledge of Matlab is required. Understanding of differential equations.

Financial Aid Available:

No


Thematic domain:

Multimedia and Communication

Project title:

Dissemination of Research Outcomes

Start date:

Program should take place in June and July

Duration:

8 weeks 

Objectives:

Design and implement communications strategies for research in cultural heritage

Expected results:

Interns will study how to communicate research outcomes using various media and for a variety of platforms (web, apps, etc) and for various users.

Mentor:

Dr. Sorin Hermon

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr. Nikolas Bakirtzis, Mr. Avgoustinos Avgousti

Other Background Requirements:

Preferably at least a BA in Communication Studies, Multimedia Design, Archaeology or History

Fiancial Aid Available:

Possibly - based on merit

Thematic domain:

Solar Concentration Energy

Project title:

Fresnel collector in the built environment

Start date:

Flexible 

Duration:

8-16 weeks

Objectives:

Participating in the modelling of the Fresnel collector, data collection and upgrade of the control system for tracking 

Mentor:

Dr. Alaric Montenon

Other CyI staff involved:

N/A

Other Background Requirements:

A bachelor's degree in engineering or relelated field.  Experience in one or more of the following: Labview, PLCs, controls, electrical engineering, Matlab, heat-transfer, optics is preferred.

Financial Aid Available:

No

Thematic domain:

Solar Concentration Energy / Mechanical Engineering

Project title:

Design and optimization of solar thermal power systems

Start date:

Flexible

Duration:

8 weeks

Objectives:

Assist in the modelling, analysis, design and optimization of new thermal components of CST Systems i.e. receiver, thermal storage, heat exchangers etc.

Expected results:

The intern will gain a strong understanding of the concepts of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and hand-on experience on thermomechanical modelling of CSP components

Mentor:

Dr. Kypros Milidonis

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr. Manuel Blanco, Dr. Marios Constantinou, Dr. Victor Grigoriev

Other Background Requirements:

Applicant must be a mechanical engineering student, preferably in their final year of their Bachelor's degree. Applicants with additional qualifications are welcome to apply.

Financial Aid Available:

No

Thematic Domain:  Spatial Economics and Environmental Economics
Project Title:  Determinants of regional economic and environmental performance during economic growth and crisis periods
Start Date:   The program should take place between June 1 and July 31
Duration:  8 weeks
Objectives:  • Apply regional economic methodologies, namely, shift-share analysis, input-output models and spatial econometric models to investigate the economic performance of European regions (NUTS2) during economic growth and economic crisis periods (Giannakis and Bruggeman, 2017a; 2017b). The objective of the research is to investigate the determinants behind the highly differential performance of European regional economies overtime (e.g., sectoral structure, specialization, human capital, contextual factors etc.). 
• Apply environmental input-output models to investigate the direct and indirect contribution of economic sectors to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (Giannakis et al., 2019).
Expected Results:  The student will perform the following activities:
(a) Conduct literature review
(b) Write research methodology
(c) Download secondary regional economic data from Eurostat and other international databases
(d) Apply regional economic techniques / environmentally-extended economic models
(e) Analyze model results
(f)  Write a report in English
Expected results:
Econometric analysis of the economic performance of European regions (research report).
References:
Giannakis, E., Bruggeman, A. (2017a). Determinants of regional resilience to economic crisis: a European perspective. European Planning Studies, 25(8), 1394-1415. 
Giannakis, E., Bruggeman, A. (2017b). Economic crisis and regional resilience: evidence from Greece. Papers in Regional Science, 96: 451-476.
Giannakis, E., Kushta, J., Giannadaki, D., Georgiou, G.K., Bruggeman, A., Lelieveld, J. (2019).
Exploring the economy-wide effects of agriculture on air quality and health: Evidence from Europe. Science of The Total Environment 663, 889-900
Mentor:  Dr Elias Giannakis 
Other CyI staff involved:  Dr Christos Zoumides
Financial Aid Available: No

Thematic domain:

Spatial Visualization

Project title:

Immersive Visualization of Urban Heritage

Start date:

(1) either between period of July 1 and September 6 or (2) between August 1 and September 30 (for 8 weeks)

Duration:

8 weeks

Objectives:

The main objective of this research is to capture and visualise the complex realities of historic urban environments in Mediterranean cities, and at the same time to engage users and local communities in the creative aspects of these patrimonies’ management. In doing so this research contributes to practices of social inclusion by promoting resilience and fostering cultural rights in the city through the use of co-design practices and citizen engagement. The motive that drives the development of this research is to enrich the agenda for the holistic development of cities by approaching built heritage as a dynamic assemblage of events, activities, performances and identities that relates to space as well as people. In the context of STARC, and specifically the activities of its Virtual Environments Lab, we develop immersive visualisations of historic sites that could be used for the cross-disciplinary study of complex and contested urban realities and better integration of heritage in the everyday life of contemporary cities. This research builds on the premise that built heritage could be promoted in such a way that it would offer interesting everyday experiences and contribute to the well-being and quality of life of citizens.

Expected results:

Contributions to 3D modelling and Virtual Reality applications

Mentor:

Dr George Artopoulos

Other CyI staff involved:

Dr Michalis Philipou, Dr Dante Abate

Other Background Requirements:

Skills in 3D modelling, Autodesk 3ds max, Maya, Unity or Unreal

Financial Aid Available:

TBD


Thematic Domain:  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Photogrammetry 
Project Title: Advanced UAVs' flight planning for photogrammetry applications
Start Date:  June 1st suggested (however, program dates may be flexible)
Duration: 8 weeks
Objectives: Develop the software (flight path and gimbal/cameral control) for advanced UAVs' flight planning for photogrammetry applications
Expected Results: Creation of kml, xml file for automated flights and gimbal/camera control 
Mentor: Dr Christos Keleshis
Other CyI Staff involved: Christos Constantinides 
Other Background Requirements:  -
Financial Aid Available: No

Additional projects may be added to the above table periodically 

 

Program Length

The internships will be of approximately 8 weeks duration and must take place between June 1 and September 30, 2019.  Students may have the option to change the duration of the program in consultation with the project mentor. Students whose programs include the week of August 12-16 will have that week off. 


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

Be undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates with an excellent academic background and a strong interest in research (prior lab or modelling experience is considered an advantage)
Have strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a multicultural/multinational environment
Have good knowledge of oral and written English
See possible additional requirements under each project 

Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the online internship application.  The following supporting documents must be uploaded when filling out the online application:
Copy of national ID or passport
Curriculum Vitae 
University transcripts. All transcripts to date should be included.
English Language Proficiency Certificate. This may either be a letter from the student’s university verifying that their degree program is offered in English, or if the degree is not offered at an English- medium institution, students should provide a certificate verifying English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, GCSE/IGCSE etc.).  If applicants have not taken any tests demonstrating English language proficiency and have not studied/ are not studying at an English- medium institution, they may state it on the application.


Students will need to write a 300- word statement in the online application justifying their choice of project selected by stating why their background and qualifications are a good match for the project they are applying for. Students will be assigned to one project.

If, for any serious reason, the applicant needs to attend a shorter or longer program they should explain why in the justification.


Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Form

Click here to access the Summer Internship Application Form.


Financial Aid

The Cyprus Institute Graduate School Summer Internship program focuses on providing students a unique training experience through bespoke projects related to applicant’s field of study and research interests thus are not considered to be job placements and do not come with compensation.

A limited number of the projects may provide a small stipend based on merit.  This information is available under each project listing.  

Contact

For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at tel: +357 22 208614 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information on professional internships, please contact The Cyprus Institute Human Resources Office.

 

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