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The Graduate School Summer Internship Program 2022 is Now Open for Applications

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Through the Summer Internship 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.  Many of the projects will be offered remotely, if necessary. See each project below for details.

This year, the summer internship program will be open for administration positions as well. 

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.

 
Summer Internship Projects

Thematic domain Computational Physics
Project title  Phase Transition Recognition Using Machine Learning Techniques
Remote option Yes
Start date 1 July 
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives

This project aims at investigating the application of unsupervised and semisupervised machine learning techniques in 3D and 4D ferromagnetic Ising models as well as the Z_2 lattice gauge theory in order to identify the critical temperature of the phase transition. Related reference: The critical temperature of the 2D-Ising model through deep learning autoencoders | SpringerLink

Expected results A trained model suitable for extracting the critical temperature as well as a short report on the project.
Project mentor Dr. Andreas Athenodorou
Other CyI staff involved  Dr. Charalambos Chrysostomou
Background requirements Good knowledge of Programming in Python, and C/C++/Fortran
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Computational Science and Engineering
Project title  Data-driven Modelling in Complex Dynamical Systems
Remote option Yes
Start date 15 June to 15 July
Duration 8 weeks (The proposed program will take place during the time period 1 July and 30 September (for 8 weeks). The dates are flexible within this time period.
Project objectives The project is an exploratory investigation into the discovery of parsimonious models for describing complex dynamical systems from measurement data without specific assumptions on the form of the governing equations. Such methodologies, which extend to partial and ordinary differential equations, are finding application across diverse domains, where modelling based on first principles remains elusive.
Expected results - Review of modern literature on sparse regression and machine learning methodologies and evaluate their relative merits.
- Investigate related systems that arise in science and engineering by implementing the methods learned.
Project mentor Assistant Professor Nikos Savva
Other CyI staff involved  
Background requirements The applicant needs to have a solid background in mathematics or/and physics and must be at least in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python” is recommended.
Financial aid available Yes

Thematic domain X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) Technique
Project title  Inventory of all CT Facilities in Cyprus and the Surrounding Regions
Remote option This project can be completely remote if necessary
Start date June 1
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives Computed Tomography (CT) is a non-destructive technique to investigate the object under study with a good contrast and resolution. The development of X-ray sources and the advanced X-ray detectors has made it possible to utilize CT facility in the various fields such as medical, bioarcheology, cultural heritage, dental, geological and engineering. Cyprus Institute would be soon having the lab CT under the Biomera (https://biomera.cyi.ac.cy/) platform. With the upcoming CT facility at BEATS (https://beats-sesame.eu/) using synchrotron radiation source, SESAME (https://www.sesame.org.jo/) it will be possible to achieve a higher resolution for imaging. To explore the ancient human remains (hair and skin) multimodal imaging approach has been planned (https://www.comulis.eu/).
Expected results By the end of the project we expect the candidate to assist in establishing a data base for CT facilities available for applications in various fields in the Cyprus and/or Biomera partner country region.
Project mentor Associate Professor Kirsi Lorentz
Anis Fatima (Research Technical Specialist for X-ray microCT)
Other CyI staff involved  
Background requirements Minimum completed Bachelor Degree
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Computational Science and Engineering, Molecular Simulations, Data Analytics
Project title  Data Mining of Scientific Literature
Remote option No
Start date June 1
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives Introduction to text and data mining of scientific literature. The main objective of the project is to develop a systematic methodology for extracting information from the massive body of scientific literature, using advanced natural language processing (NLP) methods and machine learning (ML) algorithms.
Expected results A systematic methodology for extracting knowledge and relationships from scientific literature.
Project mentor Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris
Other CyI staff involved  
Background requirements The applicant need to have a solid background in mathematics or/and computer science, or in a relevant field, and must be at least in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python”, and in machine learning methodologies is necessary.
Financial aid available Yes

Thematic domain Solar Concentrated Energy
Project title  Thermal Modelling of a Linear Fresnel Collector with the Forristal Approach
Remote option The internship can be performed remotely providing the possession an own personal computer. Access to Matlab may be granted
Start date between 1st of June and 30th of June
Duration From 8 to 10 weeks
Project objectives The main objective is to establish a balance of thermal losses of the Linear Fresnel collector based on experimental data stored in Matlab (.mat). The concept is to look for the stabilized regimes and to apply them to the Forristal model (NREL, 2003) available online. The model is already partially coded in Matlab and will be handed over to the selected intern.
Expected results Thermal resistance equivalent model of the heat losses of the absorber of the linear Fresnel collector.
Project mentor Dr. Alaric Montenon 
Other CyI staff involved  
Background requirements Strong background in Maths, and heat transfer. Knowledge in Matlab is a must.
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Atmospheric Sciences
Project title  Flexpart simulations for the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO)
Remote option Yes
Start date June 1
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives To run Flexpart simulations
Expected results Flexpart simulations for the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO)
Project mentor

Assistant Professor Tuija Jokinen

Dr. Michael Pikridas

Other CyI staff involved  
Background requirements Interest or knowledge in meteorology or atmospheric sciences is preferable.
Financial aid available Yes

Thematic domain Digital Cultural Heritage
Project title  3D Documentation of Heritage at Risk - Monuments and Sites
Remote option Preferable physical presence
Start date June 1 (Preferably within the month of June)
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives Familiarize successful candidates with the processes of 3D documentation and analysis of built Heritage at Risk and archaeological sites.
Expected results Interns will have an understanding on how digital technologies contribute to the conservation, preservation and management of Built Heritage. 
Project mentor Assoc Prof. Sorin Hermon
Other CyI staff involved Assoc. Prof. Nikolas Bakirtzis, Valentina Vassallo, Post-doc Mia Trentin, Luciarita Nunziata
Background requirements Preferably undergraduates in their second, third  year or completed BA, MA in archaeology, architecture and related domains.
Financial aid available Yes

Thematic domain Thermal Energy Storage
Project title  A Method for Amplifying the Exergy of Thermoclines (MAX T)
Remote option Yes
Start date June 1 (The internship should begin between the 1st and 17th of June 2022)
Duration 8 Weeks
Project objectives Material Selection through thermo-mechanical and thermodynamics analyses.
Expected results Optimized Thermal Energy Storage Units.
Project mentor Dr. Costas Marakkos
Other CyI staff involved None
Background requirements The candidate should have completed at least one year of Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering.
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain High-Performance Computing
Project title  Python for High-Performance Computing
Remote option Yes
Start date Any
Duration 8 Weeks
Project objectives The Python programming language is popular in scientific computing because of the benefits it offers for fast code development. The performance of pure Python programs is often sub-optimal, but there are ways to make them faster and more efficient. Many tools and Python packages are available for developing applications in High-Performance Computing (HPC). The selected intern(s) will analyze the applicability of these tools, their performance and portability in the context of scientific HPC applications.
Expected results - Analysis of various HPC tools for Python
- Performance results on CPU and GPU systems
- Development of software with the tested tools
Project mentor Dr. Simone Bacchio
Other CyI staff involved None
Background requirements Good knowledge of Python and numerical methods. Keen interest in software development. Knowledge of Parallel Programming, C, CUDA is considered an advantage. Open for graduate or undergraduate students in physics, applied mathematics or computational sciences.
Financial aid available Yes

Thematic domain Thermal Desalination
Project title  Testing of the Thermal Desalination Unit(s) at PROTEAS Facility
Remote option No
Start date June 1
Duration 8 Weeks
Project objectives The objectives of the program is to perform experiments for evaluating the performance of the desalination unit (s)
Expected results Documentation with the results obtained during the experiments.
Project mentor Dr. Marios C. Georgiou
Other CyI staff involved PROTEAS Staff (controls, technicians)
Background requirements Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physicist student, preferably 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 Characterization of Thermal Energy Storage Tanks
Project title  Efficiency of Thermal Energy Storage Tank
Remote option No
Start date June 1
Duration 8 Weeks
Project objectives The objectives of the program is to perform experiments in the Teslab and PROTEAS Facilities for the documentation and characterization of the efficiency of a single tank for thermal energy storage.
Expected results Documentation with the comparison between the energy losses and the electrical consumption.
Project mentor Dr. Marios C. Georgiou
Other CyI staff involved PROTEAS Staff (controls, technicians)
Background requirements Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physicist student, preferably 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 Energy Modelling
Project title  SMART-GRID Modelling of PROTEAS facility with TRNSYS
Remote option Yes, a personal computer is required, the license to TRNSYS will be granted.
Start date June 1 – July 1
Duration 8-10 Weeks (usually limited supervision during 2 weeks in August)
Project objectives Building a model of the smart-grid of the PROTEAS facility in TRNSYS software (Simulation Studio).
Expected results The expected result is the annual definition of the electrical energy flows between the sub-systems (photovoltaic systems, wind turbine, Solar-dishes, batteries, etc.) currently in operation at the facility. The modelling considers meteorological data of built-in library of the TRNSYS package (Typical Meteorological Year). The selected intern shall merge together the components of the library and include the characteristics of the elements of the actual systems installed on the facility. The intern will then run and export the results. 
Project mentor Assoc. Research Scientist Alaric Christian Montenon
Other CyI staff involved Dr. Marios Georgiou
Background requirements Knowledge in energy/power systems, especially photovoltaics and wind turbine. No prior knowledge in TRNSYS is required, but would be an advantage. 
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Solar Concentrated Energy
Project title  Ray-tracing Applied to a Linear Fresnel Collector
Remote option The internship can be performed remotely providing the possession an own personal computer.
Start date June 1 - 30
Duration From 6  to 10 weeks  (limited supervision for 2 weeks in August, during the closure of the Institute)
Project objectives The main objective is to run simulations of a preexisting ray-tracing 3D model of the Linear Fresnel Collector physically installed at the Cyprus Institute. The selected intern(s) will have to run the model in the in-house developed ray-tracing software (Tonatiuh++). He (they) will proceed to sky scanning of the sun by emitting rays on the collector. The interesting rays are the ones that are eventually passing through the collector and impinging the ground, in order to estimate the shade value brought by the collector on a given area, especially where solar radiation produces natural heating on the surfaces. Shade can be an asset for roofs utilization for instance by avoiding overheating in the summer. The 3D model will be coupled with direct normal radiation available to give an annual estimate. These data radiation have been registered for 4 years at the Cyprus Institute with the help of a pyrheliometer.
Expected results The 3D distribution of the solar radiation that is blocked by a Linear Fresnel collector as a function of the height of the collector.
Project mentor Assoc. Research Scientist Alaric Christian Montenon
Other CyI staff involved None
Background requirements Strong background in Maths, especially matrices and 3D geometry. Background in Matlab is an asset. Knowledge in optics is a plus but not strictly necessary. The description of the collector is available on the website as well as the related publications. For more information contact the supervisor.
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Bioinformatics
Project title  Protein Classification and characterisation based on Deep Learning Methodologies
Remote option Yes
Start date July 4
Duration 8 Weeks
Project objectives This project aims to create a classification and characterisation algorithm based on deep learning methodologies for protein sequences using only the amino acid sequence to solve various bioinformatics problems like predicting the protein secondary structure.
Expected results A classification algorithm based on deep learning methodologies.
Project mentor Dr. Charalambos Chrysostomou
Other CyI staff involved None
Background requirements Good knowledge of Programming
Basic/Good Knowledge of Python
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Climate Change Data Statistical Analysis
Project title  Long-term Trends of Near-surface Temperature Observations for Cyprus
Remote option This project can be offered remotely
Start date June 15 (flexible starting date and internship duration)
Duration 10 weeks
Project objectives Collect, quality control, and merge station air temperature data dating from early 20th century to present, in collaboration with the Cyprus Dept. of Meteorology
Quantify long-term trends and anomalies of temperature change for selected stations using appropriate statistical approaches.
Expected results  -Familiarization with climate change/global warming science
- Learn/practice with statistical/graphical software packages (e.g. R-Project)
- Appreciate concept of uncertainty in trend estimation
- Calculate/visualize long-term temperature evolution
Project mentor Assoc. Research Scientist Theo Economou, Assoc. Prof. Panos Hadjinicolaou
Other CyI staff involved Anna Tzyrkalli, Assoc. Research Scientist George Zittis
Background requirements Ideally physical sciences background (e.g. Physics, Mathematics) at least in last year of Bachelor’s degree and capability for numerical analysis and work on a Linux operating system
Financial aid available Yes

Thematic Domain  Hydrology and Water Management 
Project Title Hydro-ecological Observatories and Water Management
Remote Option This internship cannot be offered remotely
Start Date  Flexible as long as program takes place between June 1 and Sept 30 
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives Quantifying hydrological processes in natural and agricultural ecosystems through the collection and analysis of data with state-of-the-art, scientific equipment
Expected Results  - Practical skills and knowledge in hydrological and environmental field observations (soil moisture, precipitation, evapotranspiration, irrigation, tree sap-flow, leaf water potential, leaf area, interception, soil properties);
- Experience in the analysis of experimental field data for the investigating hydrological processes and improving water management.
Project Mentor Assoc. Prof. Adriana Bruggeman
Other CyI Staff Invloved Marinos Eliades, Melpo Siakou, Hakan Djuma
Background Requirements At least 2 year of BSc completed
Financial Aid Availalbe No

Thematic domain Business and Innovation Management
Project title  ARTES – Developing Business Models for Art Characterization
Remote option Preferably in presence
Start date June 1 (Preferably within the month of June)
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives Familiarize successful candidates with the processes of creating a start-up in the heritage creative industry domain.
Expected results  Interns will have an understanding on knowledge transfer from research to the private sector, how to develop business models and conduct market research.
Project mentor Assoc Prof. Sorin Hermon
Other CyI staff involved Athanasios Koutoupas, Fabio Montagnino, Dr. Nic Rossides, Assoc. Prof. Nikolas Bakirtzis, Valentina Vassallo
Background requirements Preferably undergraduates in their second, third year or completed BA, MA in economics, engineering and management, as well as cultural heritage related studies.
Financial aid available Yes

Thematic domain Medical Imaging
Project title  Deep Learning Methodologies for Medical Image Reconstruction
Remote option Yes
Start date July 4
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives This project aims to create a reconstruction and/or denoise method based on deep learning methodologies for SPECT and PET modalities using the projection data (sinograms).
Expected results A reconstruction and/or denoise model based on deep learning methodologies.
Project mentor Dr. Charalambos Chrysostomou
Other CyI staff involved None
Background requirements Good knowledge of Programming
Basic/Good Knowledge of Python
Financial aid available Yes

 


Thematic domain Zooarchaeology
Project title  Studying Animal Sacrifice in Classical Cyprus: a Case Study from the Rantidi Sanctuary
Remote option Requires physical presence in the laboratory. 
Start date June 20 - August 14
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives Zooarchaeological study, data recording and preliminary analysis of the large faunal assemblage recovered at Rantidi sanctuary.
Specific:
- Which animals were consumed and how?
- How were they managed prior to their sacrifice?
- Were the animals selected and according to what criteria?
Expected results This study involves the largest faunal assemblage recovered from a sanctuary in Classical Cyprus. It will thus provide us with unique insights into sacrificial practices, based on a large and reliable sample. The results will feed into the larger project SACHROFICS, hosted at STARC of The Cyprus Institute. The project  will generate several publications that will include data from Rantidi.
Project mentor Post-doc Angelos Hadjikoumis
Other CyI staff involved Assoc. Prof. Evi Margaritis
Background requirements -/-
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Digital Simulation of Performative Architecture
Project title  Adaptive Architectures
Remote option This project can offered remotely
Start date June 1 - July 31
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives Advanced 3D modeling and visualisation of historical architecture and objects. 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
Project mentor Assist. Prof. Georgios Artopoulos
Other CyI staff involved Mohammed Rafat Saleh
Background requirements Good knowledge of 3D modelling in BLENDER, and 3ds max. Knowledge of good command of image processing, texture mapping and photogrammetry will be positively assessed.
Financial aid available No

Thematic domain Computational Physics, Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics, Machine Learning
Project title  Normalizing Flows in Monte Carlo simulation of Lattice QCD
Remote option Yes
Start date June
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives - Accelerating Monte Carlo simulations of gauge theories using Artificial Intelligence
- Overcoming of so-called critical slowing when simulating quantum filed theories close to the continuum
- Preparing such simulations for the European exascale supercomputers

Searches for new physics at the precision frontier require per-mile precision in simulations of quantum field theories, which can be only be achieved via controlled extrapolations of their lattice formulations to the continuum.
These extrapolations require simulations at very fine lattice spacings, which however suffer from critical slowing down, i.e. the autocorrelation length within Markov Chain Monte Carlo diverges proportionally to the inverse of the lattice spacing to the 5th power or even higher. This makes such simulations unfeasible, even on exascale era supercomputers.

Within this project, a summer intern will investigate normalizing flows, which use several layers of machine trainable neural networks to propose new gauge configurations. First results are promising, showing potential to overcome critical slowing down [1,2], however several open issues need to be addressed to apply the new methods to four dimensional gauge theories. Some of these question are part of the on-going research and will be addressed within the project, such as scalability of the model or modifications to the training procedure and network architecture.

[1] Equivariant flow-based sampling for lattice gauge theory Gurtej Kanwar (MIT), Michael S. Albergo (New York U., CCPP), Denis Boyda (MIT), Kyle Cranmer (New York U., CCPP), Daniel C. Hackett (MIT) et al. e-Print: 2003.06413 [hep-lat] DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.121601 Published in: Phys.Rev.Lett. 125 (2020) 12, 121601
[2] Tackling critical slowing down using global correction steps with equivariant flows: the case of the Schwinger model Jacob Finkenrath (Cyprus Inst.) e-Print: 2201.02216 [hep-lat]
Expected results The intern will learn how to use High Performance Computing to train Machine Learning applications. Moreover the project will study scalability of the model and of the computation which will enable the next step to reach larger and more complex models.
Project mentor Dr. Jacob Finkenrath
Other CyI staff involved Prof. Giannis Koutsou
Background requirements The applicant should hold a bachelor degree in Physics, in Computational Science or in a related topic. Basic programming skills using python are required.
Financial aid available TBD
 
Thematic domain Concentrating Solar Power and Desalination Plant 
Project title  Hands on experience and participation in experiments implemented in the PROTEAS facility
Remote option Since this is a hands-on experience, it is preferable to offer it with physical presence
Start date June 1 (this start date is flexible as long as it takes place between June 1 and Sept 30)
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives The objectives of the program is to engage new people to the operation and testing procedure of Concentrating Solar Power and Desalination. This unique experience will be offered in the biggest research laboratory in Cyprus, the PROTEAS Facility
Expected results Gain experience in experimental campaigns. Gain experience in testing components and validating them.
Project mentor Dr. Marios C Georgiou
Other CyI staff involved Marios Constantinou, Martha Kourouyianni, Sean Gallagher
Background requirements Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physicist student, preferably 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 Spatial Visualisation and Architecture
Project title  Immersive Visualisation of Architectural Heritage
Remote option This project cannot offered remotely
Start date June 1 - July 31
Duration 8 weeks
Project objectives To develop new design solutions for adaptable building skin.
Expected results Contributions to bioinspired applications in architecture for energy performance
Project mentor Assist. Prof. Georgios Artopoulos
Other CyI staff involved Iasonas Giraud
Background requirements Architecture and engineering background education. Good knowledge of digital design tools, generative design, RHINO3D + Grasshopper, simulation plugins..
Financial aid available No

Thematic Domain  Thermal Desalination 
Project Title Heat Transfer Coefficient in Plate Heat Exchangers
Remote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date June 1 (flexible within the summer period of June through September)
Duration  8 weeks
Project Objectives The objectives of the program is to perform experiments in the Desalination Lab for the characterization of the heat transfer coefficient  in single phase, and phase change
Expected Results Comparison between the single phase and phase change heat transfer coefficient in innovative Plate Heat Exchangers
Project Mentor Dr Marios C Georgiou
Other Cyprus Institute staff involved Marios Constantinou
Background Requirements  Applicant must be a mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or physicist student, preferably 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  Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), Solar Energy 
Project Title Optimization of the geometry of Solar receivers using Artificial Intelligence Techniques
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic 
Start Date June 1 (this date is flexible within the normal summer internship period (June 1 to Sept 30)
Duration 8 weeks (flexible)
Project Objectives To optimize the geometry of CSP plant receivers using Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. The student will develop computer codes for testing AI algorithms, in conjunction with ray tracing software, with the scope of optimizing the geometrical shape of radiant enclosures (i.e. solar cavity receivers)   
Expected Results The student will gain a strong understanding of the concepts of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and on applying AI techniques for optimizing components of CSP based on a set of objective functions.
Project Mentor Dr. Kypros Milidonis
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved N/A
Background Requirements

Students from Software Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence Science, Mechanical /Electrical/Aeronautical Engineering, Physics, or any relevant field, preferably in their last year of their Bachelor or diploma degree.

Students with more qualifications are welcome while students within the first years of their study can be also considered.

Programming language skills are essential for the project (Matlab, C++, Python or other)
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain Computational Science and Engineering, Molecular Simulations, Data Analytics 
Project Title Atomistic Simulations of Graphene-based Polymeric Nanostructured Materials
Remote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date June 1 (but this date is flexible as long as the 8 week project can take place any time between June 1 and Sept 30)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objective  Introduction to atomistic simulations of complex materials. The main goal of the project is to perform molecular dynamics simulations of polymer/graphene interfacial systems, and to extract properties at the atomic/molecular level. Simulation data will be analyzed using statistical mechanics and data mining tools, to study the effect of the interface on the behavior of the hybrid nanostructured materials.
Expected Results Properties of the polymer/graphene interfacial systems at the nanoscale.
Project Mentor Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved  -
Background Requirements The applicant needs to have a solid background in mathematics or/and physics and must at least be in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python”, and in machine learning methodologies is recommended.
Financial Aid Available A stipend may be offered, subject to the credentials of the intern.

Thematic Domain 

Computational Science and Engineering, Molecular Simulations, Data Analytics
Project Title Parameterizing Molecular Force-fields via Advanced Machine Learning Methodologies
Remote Option This project cannot be offered remotely
Start Date June 1 (The proposed program can take place during the time period 1 June and 30 September (for 8 weeks). The dates are flexible within this time period.)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objective Introduction to molecular simulations and data analytics methods for complex materials. The main objective of the project is to parametrize interactions between atoms/molecules using advanced deep learning methodologies and physics-based models, without invoking any experimental data.
Expected Results A methodology for automatic parametrization of molecular simulation force fields.
Project Mentor Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris
Additonal Cyprus Institute Staff Involved  -
Background Requirements  The applicant needs to have a solid background in mathematics or/and physics and must be at least in the last year of her/his Bachelor studies. A basic knowledge of a programming language, such as “C” or “python”, and in machine learning methodologies is recommended.
Financial Aid Available A stipend may be offered, subject to the credentials of the intern.


Thematic Domain  Human Bioarchaeology
Project Title Face to Face: Ancient Cypriots under the Magnifying Glass
Remote Option No. This project is practical and heavily laboratory focusses, and will therefore only take place if COVID-19 measures allow it.
Start Date June 1 (but this date is flexible). Student who wants to work 3 days per week for longer period than 8 weeks is preferred. 
Duration  8 weeks or longer (see above)
Project Objectives Human Bioarchaeologists examine skeletal remains to learn about the way ancient people lived as well as the way they were treated after death. One of the approaches we take is by looking at skeletal remains on the microscale. During this internship, a variety of approaches concerning bone and dental microstructure will be incorporated

Objectives:

(1) Assist with macroscopic assessment of osteological collections for the identification of suitable samples

(2) Assist with sample selection and documentation

(3) Sample preparation: The intern will assist with the process of sample preparation in the laboratories.

The candidate therefore will have a chance to learn about different techniques that are available for assessment and the required sample preparation for such analysis, including transmitted light microscopy, Electron Microscopy, and Synchrotron Radiation (XRF and FTIR)

This internship is therefore specifically of interest to those that aspire to gain experience in a laboratory setting and learn about different state of the art techniques that are available in bioarchaeology, and learn about the process of sample preparation.

Expected Results By the end of the internship, we expect the candidate to have assisted with the creation of a sample set that will be ready for analysis with including transmitted light microscopy, Electron Microscopy, or Synchrotron Radiation (XRF and FTIR). 
Project Mentor Asst. Prof. Kirsi Lorentz and Dr. Simone Lemmers
Additional Cyprus Institute Staff Involved B. Casa, Y. Miyauchi, N. Branca, S. Kayalp, B. Abufair 
Background Requirement Basic level / knowledge of osteology and human bioarchaeology

Minimal completed bachelor degree

Preferably some laboratory experience

Ability to work independently as well as being a team player
Financial Aid Available No

Thematic Domain  Human Bioarchaeology and Cultural Heritage 
Project Title Face to Face with Ancient Cypriots and the Games they Played
Remote Option This project can be completed remotely if necessary
Start Date June 1 (start date is flexible within summer period) 
Duration  8 weeks
Project Objectives This internship is part of the the RIF funded project Face to Face: Meet an Ancient Cypriot (FF-MAC), of which the overall aim is to increase the appeal and accessibility of cultural heritage for tourism through encounters with real individuals from the Cypriot past, based on bioarchaeological research leading to construction of osteobiographies, ancient life stories, and visitor encounters with real, individual life stories from the past. This internship focuses on getting face to face with ancient Cypriot through the games they played in the past, with the aim to let people get face to face with eachother while playing the games that the ancient Cypriots were playing as well.

The objectives of the internship are as follows:

(1) Review what kind of Ancient Games are found throughout Ancient Cyprus, specifically incorporating recent studies on the subject

(2) Review their find location and circumstances (with a special interest in possible burial contexts)

(3) Make a visual catalogues of the archaeological evidence of these games, and assess their current location (e.g. museums)

(4) Assist in taking a creative approach to rework the game tactics and visuals into the FF-MAC project with an outreach and didactic objective   

This internship is specifically of interest to those who have both an interest in archaeology as well as a creative and didactic interest for educating and public outreach

Expected Results

By the end of the internship, we expect the candidate to have:

 - created a thorough literature review as well as a photo catalogue of ancient games found in Cyprus, with a distinction in different time period  

- assisted in the development of visuals and graphics for public outreach components of the FF-MAC project

Project Mentor Assistant Professor Kirsi Lorentz, Dr Simone Lemmers
Other CyI Staff Involved B. Casa, N. Branca
Background Requirements

Enthusiasm for archaeology and history

Experience with literature search and review

Experience with programs such as photoshop and illustrator is desirable but not essential

Experience with Object photography is desirable but not essential

Ability to work independently 
Financial Aid No

Thematic Domain  Research Management and Administration
Project Title Open Science: Review of best practices and proposal for institutional measures
Remote Option This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date June 1 (flexible start date as long as project takes place during period June 1 to Sept 30 
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives

- Acquaint the intern with the profession of RMA

- Provide on-the-job experience in a world-class research institution

- Provide experience on approaching a problem through the Systematic Review process
Expected Results Suggestions for measures and tools for fostering open science at CyI. 
Project Mentor Michael Papadopoulos
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Vassilis Tsakalos
Background Requirements No Requirements
Financial Aid Available No 

Thematic Domain Health and Safety Focus on Chemicals
Project Title Occupational Health and Safety: Risk assessment and substitution of chemicals (up to 50 substances)
Remote Option  This project can be offered remotely, depending on the developments relating to the current pandemic
Start Date  Two Start Date options:
June 1 to July 23 or
July 1 with end date Sept 30 (with no work in August)
Duration 8 weeks
Project Objectives

 - Knowing legislation on health and safety related to chemicals and standard procedures

 - Learning to read a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

 - Learning to conduct a risk assessment on hazardous chemicals

 - Conducting an analysis to replace hazardous substances with others with minor risk

 - Experiencing a real laboratory environment.
Expected Results  - Being able of carrying out a risk assessment of a set of chemicals used in specific procedures.
 - Delivering the risk assessment of a given set of chemicals in a given procedure.
 - Increased knowledge about chemicals.
 - Update on current legislation on chemicals.
 - Approach to the activities of a PhD student.
Project Mentor Natascia Manderioli
Other Cyprus Institute Staff Involved Dr Minas Iakovides, Dr Konstantina Oikonomou, Assoc Prof George Biskos
Background Requirements University student, knowledge in chemicals and/or health and safety interest
Financial Aid Available  No

 

Additional projects may be added to the above table periodically 

Please note that if some of the projects may need to be offered remotely due to the developments related to the pandemic, there may be some additional background requirements that will be discussed with the mentor.

 

Program Length

The internships will be of approximately 8 weeks duration. Students may have the option to change the duration of the program in consultation with the project mentor.  


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 for the summer internship program are open until Friday, July 22. Projects will be listed as closed once spaces are filled.


Application Form

Click here to access the 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 and availability of funds. 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.