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Research Assistant for Emissions and Air Quality Modelling ( CARE-C_RA_21_02)

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Job Description

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. The CyI, through its established research centres, 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.

Within this context, CyI in cooperation with Advanced Partners Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland) and Laboratory for Sciences of the Climate and the Environment (CEA, France), established the Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre of Excellence (CARE-C), under EMME-CARE Horizon 2020 – TEAMING Grant no. 856612.


Under the Supervision of the CARE-C Director, the successful candidate will be expected to further develop CARE-C’s research and technical expertise on regional atmospheric and chemistry modelling, emphasizing on the Eastern Mediterranean – Middle East – North Africa, and with particular focus on contributing to activities related to the emission inventories compilation (at national level and spatialized on a grid) and assessment for scientific and policy-oriented applications.


The research will be carried out within the Impact & Policy Department of the EMME-CARE Centre-of-Excellence and will consist of monitoring, reporting, verification as well as scenarios and projections of national emissions for both gaseous pollutants and greenhouse gases of the country’s sectors as required by EU directives and international standards. Training (methodologies and tools) by expert European organizations and networking with local and regional stakeholders will be provided and are anticipated to be enriched by the selected candidate, thus requiring strong communication and technical potential. Inventories compilation in adherence with (inter)national requirements is expected to take place in close cooperation with relevant competent Authorities in Cyprus, thus requiring the successful candidate to have close interaction and collaboration with public-sector officials and policy-makers.  


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


Responsibilities/activities to be involved in:

  1. Monitor, verify, report and compile national and gridded local emission inventories for air pollutants and propose methodologies for scenario analysis in compliance with and adherence to European and national regulations and directives 
  2. Monitor, verify, report and compile national emission inventories for GHGs and propose methodologies for scenario analysis in compliance with and adherence to European and national regulations and directives 
  3. Contribute to research related to current and projected GHG and air pollutants emissions, atmospheric concentrations and impact on climate
  4. Contribute to publications and communicate the research output and implications at different levels, including academic, public and policy related
  5. Actively pursue regional and international networking, especially in relation to emission inventory development and air quality modelling communities such as CAMS, TFEIP, EU WG, FAIRMODE activities, JRC community etc.
  6. Support towards attracting external funding to sustain in the medium/long-term the relevant research activities
  7. Willingness to participate in the educational programs of the Institute and training of new research staff
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  1. Master degree in Environmental Sciences, Physical Sciences or Data analysis
  2. Presentations in scientific conferences and/or publications in scientific journals
  3. Modelling skills or experience working with model outputs
  4. Familiar with GIS and/or satellite data
  5. At least one (1) year of related research experience.
  6. Familiar with methodologies and tools for emission monitoring, reporting and verification in compliance with EU directives and international standards (for air pollutants and/or GHG)
  7. Competence in IT and statistical tools (Excel, Access, and GIS)
  8. Good presentation skills of scientific results to stakeholders and general audiences
  9. Strong analytical and organizational skills
  10. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
  11. Excellent knowledge of English, both verbal and writing.


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Programming experience
  2. Statistical tools/analysis
  3. Participation in national and European projects and communities
  4. Familiarity with the application of emission inventories in atmosphere and chemistry modelling, sectoral analysis and uncertainty assessment
  5. Knowledge of official specific formats (CRF and NRF) for reporting
  6. Familiarity with policies and regulations for air quality and national emissions and with Best Available Technologies for different emission sectors
  7. Experience with communicating of emission and air quality results to (and active engagement with) competent authorities and policy-makers
  8. Knowledge of Greek will be considered an advantage


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 short letter of interest and a list of two (2) referee (including contact information) (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Dr Jonilda Kushta ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled. 

Opening Date
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Closing Date
Friday, May 21, 2021