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Engineering/Economics/Policy scientist(s) for Solar Energy Projects (Ref.No: EEWRC_EEP_14_02)


Engineering/Economics/Policy scientist(s) for Solar Energy Projects

Closing Date:  4th April 2014

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a European non-profit science and technology institution based in Cyprus and led by an acclaimed Board of Trustees.  The research aims of the Cyprus Institute are represented by three research centers: the Energy Environment Water Research Center (EEWRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), and the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CASTORC).

The Cyprus Institute is spearheading a number of projects on Solar-Thermal Energy which involve the construction of innovative multipurpose demonstration units using concentrated solar power (CSP). The units which will utilise solar thermal energy, include a thermal storage system using molten salts as the storage medium, and will produce electricity through a steam engine and desalinate water through a Multi-Effect Distillation (MED) system.

The units’ operation is intended to confirm the technical feasibility of the innovative ideas of multi-application solar thermal demonstrators on a small scale and realistic environmental and operating conditions, before their deployment.

In addition, the Cyprus Institute is playing a leading role in a number of new EU-wide Integrated Research Programmes, that include the Scientific and Technological Alliance for Guaranteeing the European Excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy (STAGE-STE, that aims to transform a group of 40 partners (research institutes and industry in Europe and beyond) into a reference institution for concentrating Solar Thermal Energy (STE) research in Europe, the Small scale thermal solar district units for Mediterranean communities (STS-Med, that will build CSP pilot systems in the Mediterranean basin, and the EU-Solaris project ( which will achieve a real coordination of RTD capabilities and efforts in STE by the European Research Centres, along with those from the neighbouring countries, in order to foster the technological development of the Industry.

The Cyprus Institute is also participating in a landmark study commissioned by the Cyprus government on the optimum monetization pathways of Natural Gas for Cyprus together with the MIT Energy Initiative ( The Institute is also an active participant of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA, and a full member of two of its Joint Programmes in CSP ( and the Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of Energy (e3s,

Position Description

CyI is seeking to recruit dynamic and versatile scientist(s) with a background in engineering / policy / economics and with a strong grasp of renewable energy systems technology. The successful candidate (s) will work as part of the CyI Solar Energy Research team, focussing on knowledge transfer to industry, international collaboration, as well as coordination and integration of national research programmes in the fields of Solar Thermal Energy and Desalination, energy storage, integration of CSP with other energy systems and the electricity grid, natural gas monetization and socio-economic impacts of energy use.  The appointment(s) will be initially for a fixed term period of two (2) years with the potential of contract renewaldepending on performance and availability of funds. The official joining rank and annual salary will depend on the applicants’ experience and qualifications.

Profile and Requirements

  • PhD in Engineering with 2 years of relevant experience and active interest in policy & economic analysis or
  • MEng in Engineering with 5 years prior relevant experience and active interest in policy & economic analysis or
  • PhD in Economics, Policy studies (or a related field) with 2 years of proven practical experience in the field of energy policy or
  • MSc in Economics, Policy studies (or related field) with at least 5 years of proven practical experience in the field of energy policy
  • Knowledge in one of the following fields: technoeconomic studies, policy analysis, engineering of energy systems, grid integration, energy storage, electricity and natural gas markets
  • Experience with EU funded projects will be considered as advantage.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of the Greek language will be considered an advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

The selected candidate(s) will work in the areas of policy analysis and support and economic analysis of engineering systems. Applicant(s) are desired to have expertise in at least two of the following areas:

  1. International renewable energy policies
  2. Knowledge transfer
  3. Public-Private partnerships
  4. EU funding mechanisms
  5. Economics of energy systems



For full consideration, interested applicants should send i) curriculum vitae, ii) a confidential letter of interest and iii) the names of three contactable referees (all documentation should be in English) via e-mail to HR[at] with the following reference EEWRC_EEP_14_02. The application deadline is the 4th April 2014. For further information, please contact Dr. Nestor Fylaktos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. note that applications without the proper reference number in the subject heading will be discarded.

Additional Info

  • Center: EEWRC
  • Closing Date: Friday, 04 April 2014