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Associate Research Scientist in Experimental Atmospheric Sciences (

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Job Description

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research 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 Facility for Chemical Analyses (FCA) of the Cyprus Institute gathers the latest trace analytical techniques for environmental samples (such as atmospheric aerosols and gases) following international, standardized operating procedures in compliance with EU environmental directives.  Combining high tech (mass spectrometer) instrumentation and a team of experienced engineers, FCA provides a large range of quality controlled chemical analyses relevant for Air quality.

In the framework of the RPF AQ-SERVE project, a large range of atmospheric aerosol filter samples (PM2.5/PM10) will be analysed at FCA for the main chemical components: ions (with ion chromatography), carbon (with thermo-optical method), carbohydrates (with amperometry detection), trace metals (by ICP-MS) and trace organics (by GC-MS).

The successful candidate will be responsible for these chemical analyses (sample preparation and analysis) and to establish a quality controlled exhaustive chemical database of PM for Cyprus. S/he will also be responsible for the scientific exploitation of this database (communications, publications) and will perform PM source apportionment by the means of statistical (Positive Matrix Factorization) models.

The candidate will support the overall FCA work programme and in particular the chemical analysis of aerosol filter samples collected by the Department of Labour Inspection in the framework of EU Air Quality Directives and will also be in charge of the two Mass Spectrometers of FCA (ICP-MS and GC-MS). This activity includes scheduled maintenance, daily operation, stock (consumables) management calibration, international intercomparison study, student training and mentoring.

The appointment will be on a full time basis, initially for a fixed-term period, with the potential of renewal depending on performance and availability of funds.


The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Responsible for the PM chemical analysis and Source Apportionment (AQ-SERVE project)
  • Management of the daily operation of FCA Mass Spectrometers (maintenance, calibration, international intercomparison studies)
  • Scientific exploitation/dissemination of the PM chemical database (communications, peer-review publications)
  • Scientific support to the National Air Quality Network (DLI) in complying with several EU environmental Air Quality directives (PM chemical analyses, yearly reporting)
  • Research activities within the CyI/EEWRC/Atmosphere Group; scientific participations/collaborations within EU research networks, COST actions, and strategic partners in the EU (including secondments).
  • Active contribution in the CyI doctoral and Master programs (teaching, hands-on training) and supervision of students working at FCA.
  • Participating in the field intensive campaigns of the Institute
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Experimental Atmospheric Sciences
  • At least 5 years of experience including PhD studies
  • Participation in National and European research projects related to atmospheric sciences
  • Good publication record (at least 2 peer-review publications in atmospheric sciences)
  • Publications in scientific journals in topics related to atmospheric sciences
  • Presentation of scientific results to general audiences
  • Experience in presenting in conferences
  • Experience of at least 2 years in operating ICP-MS and GC-MS techniques for environmental analyses
  • Experience in spatial data handling and analysis (ArcGIS)
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team and the ability to adapt to a multicultural, multinational environment
  • 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. 

Reference letters: 3

Contact person: Prof Jean Sciare

Reference number: EEWRC_ARES_19_03

Starting Date
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Closing Date
Sunday, March 31, 2019