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Assistant Professor(s): Solar Thermal Energy Technologies (EEWRC_APSE_17_03)

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The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit science and technology institution based in Cyprus and led by an acclaimed Board of Trustees ( Research in the Cyprus Institute is conducted in its three research centers: the Energy Environment Water Research Center (EEWRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), and the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CASTORC).

The EEWRC addressed issues of regional interest and of global significance in the fields of energy, environmental and water research, with a focus on their specific regional, East-Mediterranean manifestations. Its research agenda addresses the great challenges related to: the mitigation and adaptation strategies necessitated by climate change, a reduced dependence on hydrocarbon energy sources and achieving a low carbon economy through the employment of renewables (solar), synergies between Renewable and Hydrocarbon energy sources and enabling a sustainable management of water and other natural resources in arid and semi-arid environments.

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) invites applications for Assistant Professor(s) in the field of: Solar Thermal Energy Technologies with research to be primarily conducted at its Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), within the broad framework of the recently awarded European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean (CySTEM).

As stated 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.” It is an ambitious action funded under Horizon 2020. The holder of the CySTEM ERA Chair is Prof. Manuel J. Blanco, who is currently also the Chair of SolarPACES, the International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program for CST related technologies.

The faculty rank of Assistant Professor is tenure track and offer excellent possibilities for highly motivated individuals in a field of growing importance and in which CyI has extensive portfolio.

Description of the Position

The new Assistant Professor(s) will advance EEWRC’s research agenda related to Solar Thermal Energy research in close collaboration with the Solar Energy and Desalination research group, the CySTEM ERA Chair, and the Center’s Director. The successful candidate(s) will be actively engaged with the on-going research, the development of novel ideas and concepts, and the design, construction and testing of experimental components and units associated with the Solar Thermal Energy and/or Desalination research carried out at the CyI. The Cyprus Institute offers internationally competitive remuneration and benefits package.


The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for helping to shape and advance the Cyprus Institute’s and EEWRC's research agenda by:

  • Developing and implementing strategies appropriate to the Institute’s mission;
  • Actively participating in the creation of a world-class research program in atmospheric sciences;
  • Securing financial and other resources from national and international sources;
  • Mentoring, educating and providing research guidance to graduate students in CyI's doctoral program (particularly the Environment and Atmospheric Sciences program);
  • Initiating and sustaining high-level collaborative projects with leading research institutions that conduct research in areas related to his/her respective fields;
  • Communicating the results and implications of research conducted at EEWRC and The Cyprus Institute at all levels, including the academic community, the public at large and political and economical decision makers.
  • Be engaged in the activities for the Graduate School of the Institute, including teaching and developing courses at the Masters and Doctoral level.
Job Requirements


The successful candidate(s) are expected to be scholars of international standing with a minimum of 3 years of post-doctoral experience (following completion of PhD degree) with extensive research and teaching experience in at least one of the following fields:

  • Solar thermal technologies  with an emphasis on Heliostats, Central Receiver systems and Thermal Energy Storage
  • Thermal and process engineering or experimental physics of relevance to the field of Solar Energy
  • Mechanical Systems design and analysis.
  • Techno-economic modelling and analysis of energy systems.

The candidate(s) should have proven expertise and demonstrated credentials in at least one of the above fields. The selected candidate(s) must have excellent interpersonal skills aimed at maintaining contacts in academic, business and governmental circles. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of the Greek language will be considered an advantage.


For full consideration, interested applicants should attach (i) a curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a compilation of research grants obtained (ii) a vision statement and (iii) a list of four references (including contact information) (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Mr. George Kirkos ( Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Closing Date
Sunday, August 20, 2017