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Post-doctoral Research Fellow (ref. no. CaSToRC_PDF_20_05(2))

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Job Description

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a European non-profit science and technology oriented Educational and Research Institution based in Cyprus and led by an acclaimed Board of Trustees. The research agenda of the CyI are pursued at its four Research Centers: the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC), the Energy Environment Water Research Center (EEWRC) and the Climate and Atmospheric Research Center (CARE-C). Considerable cross-center interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The Cyprus Institute invites applications for Post-Doctoral Fellow(s) to pursue research at the interface between materials science modelling, and scientific computing. The successful candidate(s) will be actively engaged with ongoing research projects at the Cyprus Institute, and be part of the research team associated with the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Modelling and Simulation for Engineering Applications (SimEA), led by Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris.

About the SimEA ERA Chair project (

The Modelling and Simulation for Engineering Applications project aims to consolidate and upgrade the already substantial activity CaSToRC in computational sciences adding computational engineering. This will be accomplished by attracting and installing an outstanding cluster of researchers, led by a professor of international stature to maximally utilize and upgrade the existing facilities, and pursue a program of research excellence and innovation. The SimEA ERA Chair is funded by a prestigious EU ERA Chair award of 2.5 Million Euro, a five-year grant. In addition, the Institute will provide 0.7 Million Euro for the computational infrastructure needs of the SimEA ERA Chair.

Position Description

The SimEA Post-Doctoral Fellow(s) will pursue research in Computational Science and Engineering with emphasis on multi-scale modelling, simulations and application of data analytics approaches for the study of complex nanostructured materials. The selected applicant(s) will be integrated in the team managed by the ERA Chair and will be actively engaged with the on-going research at CaSToRC associated with HPC, Data Analytics methods and the development of novel algorithms for large-scale computational infrastructures.


The SimEA Post-Doctoral Fellowships are for a period of 2 years, with the option of renewal subject to the needs of the Cyprus Institute and the availability of funds. An internationally competitive remuneration package will be offered, which is commensurate with the level of experience of the successful candidate(s). Travel funding will also be provided for attending training events and presenting at prestigious conferences globally.



The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Multi-scale computational modelling of complex nanostructured materials, such as thin films, polymer nanocomposites, interfacial systems and crystalline materials.
  • Development and application of Data Analytics and Machine Learning methods for the development of atomistic and mesoscopic models for complex molecular systems.
  • Mathematical modelling and computational fluid dynamics simulations for materials related to wetting and nanotechnology.
  • Bayesian inference methods to provide model selection and uncertainty quantification of molecular models across scales.
  • Multi-scale modelling and simulations of biomolecular systems, such as proteins and peptides, for biotechnology applications.

In addition, SimEA Post-Doctoral Fellow(s) will be involved in:

  1. Developing algorithms and codes for simulations/data analytics in engineering applications.
  2. Performing large-scale computations in computational engineering.
  3. Analysing results and assume a leading role in the preparation of research manuscripts.
  4. Writing proposals for accessing computational resources.
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Computational Engineering or Computer Science
  • Previous experience in molecular simulations and/or data analytics methods for complex molecular systems
  • Previous experience in at least two of the following areas: multi-scale modelling, molecular dynamics, mathematical modelling, statistical methods, data analytics, computational fluid dynamics, and stochastic (Monte Carlo) methods
  • Publications in high-impact factor journals
  • Participation at top international scientific conferences
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics and data analytics methods
  • Excellent knowledge of programming languages such as C, C++, Fortran90, and Python
  • An understanding of High Performance Computing (OpenMP, OpenAcc, MPI, CUDA)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • High-level communication and strong scientific and technical writing skills
  • High level of organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language (written and verbal)
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills


Preferred Qualifications

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

  1. Uncertainty Quantification and its applications
  2. Machine learning and deep learning methodologies
  3. Scientific visualization software
  4. Experience in computational methods and algorithms for super-computer infrastructures

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 referees (including contact information) (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. 


Contact person: Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris

Reference number: CaSToRC_PDF_20_05(2)

Opening Date
Monday, March 1, 2021
Closing Date
Sunday, October 31, 2021