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Post-doctoral Research Fellow(s) ( EMME-CARE_PDF_19_05)

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The Cyprus institute is recruiting five (5) Post-doctoral Research Fellows under the framework of the EMME-CARE project.

Host Institution

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations, cross-disciplinary research, innovation, and post graduate education. CyI, through its established research centers, addresses challenging issues that are important at both the regional and international levels. Many of its research activities are being carried out in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas.

EMME-CARE Research Centre

The current position(s) are opened in the framework of the EU H2020 project “EMME-CARE” (Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre; TEAMING Grant no. 856612; EMME-CARE aims to establish in the next seven (7) years a “Centre of Excellence” in Climate and Atmosphere research for the EMME region in cooperation with EU Advanced Partners (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany; University of Helsinki in Finland; and CEA in France).

The Environmental Prediction Department (EPD), under the EMME-CARE project will provide essential insights into key processes of the Earth System that govern regional climate change, to analyse weather extremes, air quality deterioration, dust events, and their connections to the hydrologic cycle, consisting of the:

  • Model Development and Forecasting Unit, responsible for numerical modelling and data analysis, the development of process parameterisations, the optimisation of computer codes for the latest generation High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure, and the pursuit of forecasting applications
  • Earth System Analysis Unit, pursuing the chain of knowledge from processes to impacts, through the analysis of observations, model studies that focus on system understanding and feedback mechanisms, scenario calculations, climate change downscaling for the EMME and Cyprus, and impact assessments.

Research Topics

The selected candidate(s) will contribute to the research objectives of the Environmental Prediction Department, within the framework of the H2020 EMME-CARE and other related national (AQ-SERVE, CELSIUS, SUSTURBANCLIM) and international (ACCEPT) projects in:

  • Atmospheric and climate/earth system modelling and analysis tools
  • Emission inventories, modelling and analysis
  • Dynamical downscaling of climate change and weather extremes
  • Modelling and analysis of the urban environment
  • Air quality and dust modelling and forecasting
  • Air pollution and climate change health impacts

The position of Post-doctoral Research Fellow includes an attractive compensation package and the successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop in an international research environment and work in collaboration with the EMME-CARE partners and spend time in Paris, Mainz and Helsinki, or other linked academic institutions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (EMME) region.

The appointment will be on a full time basis, initially for a fixed-term period of two (2) years, with the potential of renewal depending on performance and Institute needs.


The successful candidates will be carrying out the following activities

  • Collection and statistical analysis of observational and model data relevant to atmospheric and climate change in the EMME
  • Set-up, application, evaluation, forecasting and projection with atmospheric and climate/earth system models from global to regional/urban scales
  • Contribution to emission, air quality, climate change and health impact and risk assessments for the EMME
  • Peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Presentation of results in conferences and meetings
  • Contribution to research proposal preparation, project (scientific) reporting and project management
  • Supervision and guidance of research assistants and students
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Natural or Computer Sciences or Engineering
  • Three (3) years of relevant experience (including PhD research)
  • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals/ proceedings
  • Presentations in scientific conferences
  • Understanding of physical and mathematical concepts
  • Numeracy and calculus skills
  • Willingness to travel and spend time in partner organizations
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • High interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language both verbal and in writing

Preferred qualifications

  • Background or solid interest in environmental, atmospheric and climate sciences
  • Background or solid interest in climate change impacts and environmental health




For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute JobBoard ( based on the instructions given. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including a letter of interest and a list of three references (including contact information). All documentation should be in English and in PDF Format.

For further information, please contact Prof. Jos Lelieveld ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled. 

Contact person: Prof. Jos Lelieveld

Reference number: EMME-CARE_PDF_19_05

Opening Date
Friday, July 26, 2019
Closing Date
Friday, January 31, 2020