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PhD in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences (Project: Observations of Mineral Dust and Other Atmospheric Constituents Using Novel Remote Sensing and Drone Technologies)

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    The Cyprus Institute
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    27/08/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Cyprus › Nicosia


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 centres, 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 position offers excellent possibilities for professional development of highly motivated individuals in the framework of the EU-H2020  “EMME-CARE” (Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre; http://emme-care.cyi.ac.cy/; TEAMING Grant no. 856612), within which the Cyprus Institute established 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 applicant will be based at the Graduate School of The Cyprus Institute and at the Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre. He/she will be enrolled in the PhD program: Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences.

Description of the position and project

This project focuses on the properties of atmospheric particulate matter (also known as atmospheric aerosols). Aerosols belong to a number of classes, depending on how they are generated (desert dust, volcanic ash, sea salt, smoke from forest fires, anthropogenic pollution, etc.), and they are a major unknown of the climate system. Aerosols are transported over long distances by the wind, crossing the borders of nations and continents, and ultimately their atmospheric properties at a given location change continuously.

The successful candidate will advance scientific knowledge on the characterisation of aerosol particles in terms of optical and microphysical properties, using the synergy between in-situ and remote sensing observation methods with a regional focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region. The candidate will moreover advance the observation methods themselves and the best ways to use several sources of observations in synergy. Remote sensing will be carried out using ground-based lidar systems, able to continuously report on the atmospheric profile of aerosols. In situ aerosol observations will be pursued installed at ground level and/or on-board Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The emphasis will be on atmospheric aerosols generated locally on the island of Cyprus and/or transported from remote locations such as e.g. the Saharan and Arabian deserts and industries in Eastern Europe and Asia.

The candidate will carry out experiments and field campaigns in Cyprus and overseas (mostly in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East). There will be an opportunity to take part in an international experiment in Cape Verde in summer 2022 (ASKOS field campaign), dedicated to the calibration and validation of one of the most advanced satellites launched by the European Space Agency, the Aeolus spaceborne lidar.

This project will be done in close contact with the Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL, https://usrl.cyi.ac.cy/), which offers unique facilities and related infrastructure for research, development, and testing of technologies related to UAVs. It will also leverage the long-term measurements performed at the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO, https://cao.cyi.ac.cy/), a strategic component of international networks such as the EU Research Infrastructure “ACTRIS”, the World Meteorological Organization (Global Atmospheric Wath), the NASA Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET), and the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme' (EMEP).

The selected candidate will be working at the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C) of the Cyprus Institute (next to the Athalassa Forestry park, Nicosia), within a highly international environment (100 research staff from 15 different countries) where English is the exclusive working language.

Responsibilities and activities to be involved in:

  • Take responsibility for remote sensing instrumentation and ensure its continuous operation.
  • Develop tailor-made aerosol data processing and inversion methods.
  • Combine the remote sensing observations with in situ observations to generate a full picture of the aerosol properties.
  • Participate in intensive field campaigns and contribute to the planning of experiments using UAVs and lightweight atmospheric sensors.
  • Advance the fields of research in atmospheric aerosols and/or their related measurement techniques.
  • Publish the results of the research in scientific peer reviewed journals, and present at conferences and workshops.

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Financial Support 

The successful candidate will be employed as Graduate Research Assistant or receive a stipend in accordance with the current regulations at the Graduate School. We offer competitive financial support with the exact salary / stipend level that will be confirmed upon appointment.

Selection process

Application Process

Applicants should refer to the CyI website under the PhD in Energy, Environment and Atmospheric Sciences Admissions section for additional information about the application process.

Kindly note that applications should be sent through the online application system of The Cyprus Institute Graduate School. When applying through the online application, in Step 2 of the application under the section ‘Scholarship or Financial Aid’, applicants should select ‘Specific PhD Project’ and they should enter the project reference code: GS-EAS-EMME-21-8 in the Project Code field. Applicants should also mention in their statement of intent/personal statement that they are applying for the PhD position with reference code: GS-EAS-EMME-21-8. If the code is not entered in the online application, the applicant may not be considered for this position. Please note that the letter of intent should also address each of the required and desirable skills in detail, providing factual information and specific examples from the applicant’s past experience that can demonstrate the possession of each skill.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this project is 27th of August, 2021. The selected candidate will be admitted to the PhD programme in Fall 2021.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Franco Marenco (f.marenco@cyi.ac.cy). For more information about postgraduate studies at The Cyprus Institute and admission requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies of The Cyprus Institute at office.school@cyi.ac.cy or at tel: +357 22208614.

Offer Requirements


Required skills:

  • Master degree in a physical or mathematical science subject.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Motivation for research in atmospheric physics and chemistry, including radiative transfer
  • Experience or aptitude to develop scientific software (computer-based programming)
  • Demonstrated ability in being a strong team player
  • Strong international mobility (field campaigns, scientific and technical training, conferences, workshops, etc.)

Desired skills:

  • Experience in applying broad scientific knowledge to a range of specific problems or scenarios, ideally in the field of Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Previous experience of experimental science.
  • Experience with written or oral communications.
  • Publication record.
  • Driving licence.

Work location(s)
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20 Konstantinou Kavafi Street , Aglantzia Nicosia Cyprus

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