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Post-Doctoral Fellow for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) ( EEWRC_PDFCSP_19_11)

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Job Description

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 CyI are represented by three research centers: the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC), and the Energy Environment Water Research Center (EEWRC). Considerable cross-center interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The successful candidate(s) will be actively engaged with the on-going research at the Cyprus Institute in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies. They will be part of the research team associated with the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean (CySTEM). As stated in by the European Commission in its website, “the “ERA Chairs” is an important part of the EU’s effort to unlock Europe’s potential in research and innovation.” The holder of CySTEM ERA Chair is Prof Manuel J. Blanco, who is currently also Vice-Chair of SolarPACES, the International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program for CST related technologies.

The appointment(s) will be at the Post-Doctoral Fellow rank and the initial period of the appointment will be for a duration of 2 years, with the option of renewal subjected to the needs of the Cyprus Institute and the availability of funding.  The total duration of appointment at the Institute at the Post-Doctoral fellow level cannot exceed 4 years. The annual salary for the position is to be internationally competitive based on the experience level of the selected candidate(s).  In addition to the salary, each researcher will have a career development plan tailored to her or his specific circumstances, interests, experience and skills, which will include training at CyI, secondments at prestigious research institutions around the world and participation in international conferences and events. In addition, the researcher will have the opportunity to assist in the supervision of doctoral students that study at the CyI’s Graduate School.


The successful candidate(S) will be responsible for helping to shape and advance the Cyprus Institute’s and EEWRC's research agenda and specially the development of the CySTEM ERA Chair Scientific Work Programme. During the first year of the contract, according to their qualifications the selected candidate will be required to carry out, under the supervision of the ERA Chair, activities related to:

  • The modeling, analysis, design and optimization of new thermal components of CST Systems i.e. receiver, thermal storage, heat exchangers etc.
  • The modeling, analysis, design and optimization of overall CST Systems configurations.
  • The drafting of journal papers, presentations etc.
  • The contribution to technical deliverables
  • Any other activities in support of the research activities of the Energy Division

After the end of the CySTEM ERA Chair project the selected candidate will be required to carry out similar activities in support of the research activities of the Energy Division.


Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering
  • An educational background in one of the following or similar fields:
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Energy Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering,
    • Process Engineering
    • Thermal Science Scientist
    • Experimental Physics, Chemistry
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adopt to a multicultural/multidisciplinary environment.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of the Greek language will be considered an advantage

Specialised experience/expertise in one or more of the following fields is required:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid-mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Good knowledge of simulation techniques to simulate Energy Systems, or at least, to simulate in good detail, physical systems in general.

Additional, preferred specialised experience in one or more of the following fields would be considered as an advantage:

  • Experience with Concentrating Solar Thermal systems
  • Experience with Thermal storage
  • Experience with polygeneration and desalination
  • Experience with high temperature engineering
  • Experience with control systems
  • Experience with C++,
  • Experience with Wolfram’s Mathematica
  • Experience with Modelica




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. Manuel Blanco, ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. 

Ref. no.: EEWRC_PDFCSP_19_11

Contact Person: Prof. Manuel Blanco

Opening Date
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Closing Date
Sunday, July 14, 2019