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Research Technician/Technical Specialist (STARC_RTS_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 Cyprus Institute are represented by three research centres: the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), and the Energy Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC). Considerable cross-centre interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) of CyI invites applications for a Research Technician / Technical Specialist.

Description of the position

The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate the day-to-day activities of and maintain the Archaeological Materials Science laboratory of STARC, with special emphasis on operating the optical and scanning electron microscopes, pXRF, FTIR and the associated sample preparation facilities. The role includes training and supervision of all users (MSc and doctoral students; postdocs; faculty; and visitors), and routine sample preparation (cutting, drilling, polishing of metallographic and ceramic sections) and analytical work, including the production of meaningful technical reports as instructed by the Director of STARC.

Initially, the role will require substantially contributing to the design of the sample preparation facilities and the SEM-EDS laboratory, and the setting-up of the new SEM-EDS and other equipment. In the long term, the successful candidate is expected to maintain a clean and functioning laboratory with a supportive attitude and the willingness to expand the facilities as the laboratory grows. Full awareness of relevant Health and Safety regulations, including X-ray protection issues, and the ability to develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures for all instruments are essential. Experience in Archaeological Materials Science (sample preparation for OM and SEM, and SEM-EDS and XRF analysis) is essential; experience in setting up analytical facilities in a Higher Education or Research environment is a strong advantage.

The initial appointment for the position is for one year with the possibility for renewal based on the availability of funds and level of performance for a long term appointment. The salary and rank will depend on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.


  • Management of the archaeological materials science laboratory
  • Research support for the Director of STARC and others
  • Routine service work within the STARC lab facilities
  • Training and supervision of all lab users in STARC, incl. students
  • Engagement with local stakeholders and peers at CyI and beyond
Job Requirements


  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • A Master’s Degree in Materials Science or a cognate field (e.g. Earth Sciences) will be considered an advantage

Research/Academic experience required

  • Experience in managing and operating a busy research lab
  • Experience in writing technical reports
  • Driving license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines and demands
  • Inter-cultural tact and flexibility
  • Demonstrable interest in archaeology or history is an advantage
  • Experience in training others
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language (written and verbal)
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt in a multicultural environment
  • Good spoken and written Greek will be an advantage

For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute JobBoard (  Applications should include a letter of interest which will include information such as previous and current professional experience and future career plan as well as the earliest possible starting date, a full professional CV, and the names of 3 possible referees.  For further information, please contact Prof. Thilo Rehren ( 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
Friday, December 8, 2017
Closing Date
Sunday, January 7, 2018