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Postdoctoral Fellow for Co-generation of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Desalination (EEWRC_PDF_17_06)

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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 Research Center (STARC), and the Energy Environment Water Research Center (EEWRC). Considerable cross-center interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The CyI invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow for Co-generation of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Desalination. The successful applicant shall be actively engaged with the on-going research at CyI associated with the Concentrated Solar Power/Energy Storage/Desalination/Control Systems portfolio of the Energy Division at CyI, with an emphasis on Desalinated Sea Water. The appointment will be initially for a fixed term period of two (2) years with an option for extension. The annual salary, which is to be internationally competitive, will depend on the applicants’ experience and qualifications.


The successful candidate will be participating in the following:

  • Primarily: design, construction, testing and optimization of Desalination components and systems associated with Solar Thermal Energy, but can also be asked to contribute to the following:
    1. Development or adaptation of Steam Power Generation systems. Modeling, development, optimization and control for energy flow rates equipment. Design, testing and optimization of Heat Exchanger and/or:
    2. Data analysis and modelling aimed at improving the behavior of the plant and the efficiency of CSP systems and/or:
    3. Design, construction, testing and optimization of experimental components associated with the Solar Thermal Energy Storage, CSP Receivers research carried out at the CyI and/or:
    4. Modelling of CSP systems and/or Techno economic studies 
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering
  • An educational background in one of the following fields:
    • Electrical engineering
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering
    • Experimental physics 
  • Specialized experience in Desalination systems
  • Specialized experience in one or more of the following fields would be an asset:
    • Control systems
    • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
    • Thermal storage types and devices (e.g. molten salts), high temperature engineering
    • Solar-Thermal plants, Concentrating Solar Power, co-generation of concentrated solar power and desalination
    • Computational and experimental fluid-mechanics
    • Simulation of thermal systems
    • Experience in object-oriented C++ programming
    • Experience in the use of generic modelling tools and languages such as Mathematica, Dymola, or Modellica. 
  • Publication record in a relevant field of science
  • High level of organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adopt to a multicultural/multinational environment
  • 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 a letter of interest, CV and the names of three contactable referees (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.

Starting Date
Monday, May 15, 2017
Closing Date
Sunday, June 4, 2017