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Open Transparent Merit Recruitment (OTM-R)

Open Transparent Merit Recruitment (OTM-R) is an essential tool to have as an organisation and it is a pillar of the European Charter for Researchers. OTM-R ensures that the best person for the job is recruited, guarantees equal opportunities and access for all, facilitates developing an international portfolio (cooperation, competition, mobility) and makes research careers more attractive.

As an innovative world-class science and technology research institution, CyI continuously strives to attract the highest quality staff at every level. Our staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and this contributes greatly to our creative and innovative environment.

The Cyprus Institute already possesses OTM-R tools with the development of the CyI Hiring Policy and the CyI Staffing and Recruitment Guidelines. The policy and relevant guidelines are reviewed and updated periodically, in order to improve our procedures and be in line with the OTM-R. These are followed for all the openings at the Institute.

Our Recruitment Principles

The Recruitment process for new members at all levels and categories of staff reflects the values of the Institute. It has to be consistent with the following principles:
Openness Each recruitment process is open to the public and announced in such a way that all suitable candidates can apply for each opening

The process has to ensure that every potential candidate has been given the same consideration, and that the choices made by the Institute are based solely on a candidate’s fitness for the position. The same selection criteria will apply to all candidates irrespective of age, nationality, race, religion or gender.
Merit The Institute is committed to hiring candidates that best meet the position requirements with potential for development based on objective criteria and will not compromise this commitment for any reason.
Consistency The procedures used for the evaluation of all candidates should be the same, and consistent with the expectations formulated for the level of the position to be filled.
Thoroughness The evaluation process should ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken to provide sufficient information for a fully informed decision.
Transparency The process should be fully documented and open to public scrutiny if required. It is understood that confidentiality concerning applicant and candidate data is protected to the maximum degree allowed by the relevant legislations and regulations.

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