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Energy System Analysis Research Assistant ( EEWRC_ESARA_19_08)

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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 successful candidate(s) will be actively engaged with the on-going research at the Cyprus Institute in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies. They will be part of the research team associated with the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean (CySTEM). As stated in by the European Commission in its website, “the “ERA Chair” is an important part of the EU’s effort to unlock Europe’s potential in research and innovation.” The holder of CySTEM ERA Chair is Prof. Manuel J. Blanco, who is currently also Vice-Chair of SolarPACES, the International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program for CST related technologies.

The appointment will be at the Research Assistant rank. The initial period of the appointment is 12 months, with the option of renewal subjected to the needs of the Cyprus Institute and the availability of funding. The actual salary will be determined based on the applicants’ experience and qualifications. In addition to the salary, the researcher will have a career development plan which will include training at CyI, secondments at prestigious research institutions around the world and participation in international conferences and events.

The appointment will be on a full time basis, with the potential of contract renewal depending on performance and availability of funds.


The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Modeling, analysis, design and optimization of overall energy system configurations.
  •  Identification and quantification of niche markets for small to medium size polygeneration CST systems in islands.
  • Drafting of journal papers, presentations etc.
  • Contribution to technical deliverables and other technical documents.
  • Any other activities in support of the research activities of the Energy Division aligned with the general expectations regarding the expertise and capabilities of successful candidates to these positions.


Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • A postgraduate degree in one of the following disciplines:
  1. Mechanical engineering
  2. Energy Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Physical sciences
  5. Economics
  6. Environmental sciences
  • Good knowledge of simulation techniques to simulate Energy Systems, or at least, to simulate in good detail, physical systems in general.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to operate in a multicultural/multidisciplinary environment
  • High level organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language both verbal and in writing. Knowledge of the Greek language will be considered an advantage

Preferred Qualifications

  • Long-term energy systems modelling and knowledge in equivalent optimization models (e.g. TIMES, MARKAL, MESSAGE, OSeMOSYS)
  • Knowledge in Power systems modelling
  • Knowledge in Concentrating Solar Thermal systems
  • Knowledge in Energy storage Systems
  • Knowledge in Polygeneration and desalination
  • Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Knowledge in Energy Economics


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 Manuel J Blanco ( 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 Manuel J. Blanco

Reference number: EEWRC_ESARA_19_08

Opening Date
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Closing Date
Monday, April 29, 2019