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Research Assistant in Atmospheric Aerosol Sciences ( EMME-CARE_ RA_USRL_19_02)

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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, cross-disciplinary research, innovation, 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 combination of the most recent developments on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and miniaturized sensors creates unique opportunities to establish rapidly cost-effective observations of the atmospheric column and fill the gap between ground-based and satellite measurements. Thanks to lowering the cost of investment and field operation, new UAV-sensor systems have the potential, yet unexplored, to enhance vertically the geographical coverage of international atmospheric networks and play a critical role in the rigorous quantification of the effect of climate forcers (such as aerosols) on the earth radiation budget and climate.

The Research Assistantship aims to provide innovative solutions to perform cost-effective in-situ profiling of aerosol properties in the first kilometers of the troposphere using UAV-sensor systems. Leveraging prototype developments, this project will qualify and exploit a comprehensive suite of UAV-based sensors enabling the profiling of key aerosol properties.

The successful candidate will be working at the Unmanned System Research Laboratory of the Cyprus Institute ( among a highly qualified team of electronic / mechanical / system engineers and professional pilots flying commercial airliners.

She/He will have to integrate/test/validate a lightweight Optical Particle Counter (OPC) on UAV and support the upcoming international field campaigns ASKOS (Cape Verde) and CURE-3AB (Amazonian Forest). The large amount of collected aerosol data will offer the candidate the opportunity to further exploiting them with co-located active/passive remote sensing techniques (e.g. sunphotometer and lidar).

His/her work will be embedded within an international scientific environment (English is the working language of the Cyprus Institute). The candidate will also actively participate in COST actions (InDust; and benefit from ERASMUS+ mobility opportunities.

This position is opened in the framework of the EU H2020 project “EMME-CARE” (Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre; TEAMING Grant no. 856612). EMME-CARE aims to establish a “Centre of Excellence” in Climate and Atmosphere research for the EMME region in cooperation with EU Advanced Partners (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany; University of Helsinki in Finland; and CEA in France).


The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Technical validation of UAV-based OPC data
  • Participating in field intensive campaigns (Cyprus and abroad).
  • Scientific exploitation/dissemination of experimental data obtained during field campaigns 
  • Scientific support to the USRL atmospheric research activities.
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • MSc in Experimental Aerosol Sciences (in-situ and remote sensing techniques)
  • Participation in (inter)national research projects and field campaigns
  • Presentations in scientific conferences
  • Two (2) year of research experience in experimental aerosol sciences
  • Good programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python)
  • Good publication record (at least 2 papers in peer-review scientific journal)
  • Experience on working on remote sensing retrievals
  • Presentation of scientific results to general audiences
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • High interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
  • 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: EMME-CARE_ RA_USRL_19_02

Opening Date
Friday, July 19, 2019
Closing Date
Thursday, August 8, 2019