You are here

Research and Development Scientist for the Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL) (ref no. EMME-CARE-USRL_RDS_19_12)

Reference Number
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. 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.

The Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL)

The combination of the most recent developments on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and miniaturized sensors creates unique opportunities to establish rapidly cost-effective observations of the atmospheric column and fill the gap between ground-based and satellite measurements. Thanks to lowering the cost of investment and field operation, new UAV-sensor systems have the potential, yet unexplored, to enhance vertically the geographical coverage of international atmospheric networks and play a critical role in the rigorous quantification of the effect of climate forcers (such as aerosols) on the earth radiation budget and climate.

The Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a rapidly grown facility developed in the framework of the “Autonomous Flying Platforms for Atmospheric and Earth Surface Observation” Project (APAESO). The facility is comprised of various sizes of fixed and rotary wing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), a mobile Ground Control Station and a fully equipped laboratory and workshop dedicated to Unmanned Systems and their Applications. After a period of research and prototyping in the field of UAS, the USRL is looking into further growth by increasing the research activities but also emphasizing into innovation and commercialization of its products and services.

The position

In order to accomplish this new target, The Cyprus Institute is seeking for a scientist with Engineering background to lead and supervise the Research and Development activities of the USRL team. The selected candidate should have a broad engineering background and knowledge in order to be able to monitor and supervise the work performed by the Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Software Developers, Scientists, and Pilots.

S/he will work as the bridge between the Research and Technical personnel and the UAS Pilot team in order to better organize and perform efficiently the increasing number of unmanned aerial operations. In addition, s/he will support the EMME-CARE Coordinator and USRL Manager in exploring and attracting new funding opportunities through research funds and/or development and innovation funds.

This position is partly supported by the EU H2020 project “EMME-CARE” (Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre; TEAMING Grant no. 856612), within which the Cyprus Institute is establishing 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 successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Work independently and in close collaboration with Senior Faculty for exploring and attracting new funding opportunities.
  • Supervision of the new technological advances in terms of System Development, Payload Integration, Testing, Optimization and Demonstration.
  • Supervision and organization of the daily USRL activities
  • Improve USRL dissemination and networking.
  • Work in close cooperation with the Pilot Team of USRL for organizing efficiently the operational activities.
Job Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in Electrical or Systems Engineering
  • Experience in publishing and presenting to Scientific Audiences
  • Experience in proposal writing
  • Ability to teach in the field of UAV scientific applications
  • Relevant experience of at least five (5) years (excl. PhD experience)
  • Previous experience in managing research teams/facilities.
  • Previous experience in the field of automation and UAS; Good knowledge in components used in the field of UAS (Flight Controllers, Embedded Computers, Data Acquisition Systems, Communication Systems, Sensors, Imagers)
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a multicultural, multinational environment and ability to work in a team
  • Highly motivated to work independently
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language both verbal and in writing. Knowledge of the Greek language 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 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 Jean Sciare, ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. 

Opening Date
Monday, August 5, 2019
Closing Date
Sunday, September 15, 2019