LEAR Research Associate Positions

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Preferred Start Date: upon availability of successful candidate
Application Deadline: Remain open until the positions are filled

CYENS Centre of Excellence (formerly known as RISE) is the Research and Innovation Centre on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies empowering knowledge and technology transfer in the region. CYENS CoE is supported by the European Commission, the Republic of Cyprus and its founding Partners, the Municipality of Nicosia, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI), University College London, the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Open University of Cyprus. 

The Centre conducts excellent, internationally competitive scientific research in the areas of visual sciences, human factors and design, communication, and artificial intelligence delivered by high-calibre multidisciplinary research teams. CYENS engages in knowledge transfer and innovation activities aiming to bridge the gap between scientific research and STEM-led innovation and entrepreneurship.
CYENS, as a Centre of Excellence, cultivates a culture of innovation and creativity in an inspiring environment filled with academics, researchers, creative and onward-looking people, innovators, entrepreneurs, and practitioners. The Centre operates under the moto “Inspired by Humans Designed for Humans” with the vision to produce world class research that drives innovation towards social and economic benefit while conducting excellent, internationally competitive scientific research in the areas of visual sciences, human factors and design, communication, and artificial intelligence. It sets out to meet the challenge with a total potential funding of more than 30 million Euros for the first 7 years, from a Horizon 2020 Teaming Action and multiple other sources, and a business plan for long-term sustainability and growth.
The Centre is seeking to recruit Research Associates (full time or part time) for the LEAR Research Group.
The successful candidates will have the opportunity to conduct fundamental and/or applied research in the aforementioned areas. Where applicable, candidates may also participate in the preparation of project reports and deliverables, research proposals for funding, software development, and travel abroad for dissemination activities. Furthermore, successful candidates will be encouraged to publish/present their research results in prestigious international conferences and journals.
Learning Agents and Robots (LEAR)
The LEAR MRG conducts research on artificial intelligence and its intersection with robotics, focusing on creating software agents and robots that learn to predict and understand the world, solve tasks, accumulate skills, interact with humans or other agents, and make adaptive decisions in complex, dynamic and uncertain environments. To achieve these goals, the group investigates approaches from machine learning (e.g., deep reinforcement learning), evolutionary computation (e.g., quality-diversity optimization), robotic perception, control and simulation, among others.
The newly established robotics lab is currently populated with a Unitree A1 quadruped robot and 4 Parrot Anafi drones.
Take advantage of this opportunity for your professional and personal development by being a part of our fast-growing Research Technology Development and Innovation Centre of Excellence. An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate according to qualifications and experience.
Specific Qualifications and Requirements for the LEAR Research Group

  1. Bachelor’s and Postgraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., Computer Science or Engineering) from an accredited institution.
  2. PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Robotics) will be considered an advantage.
  3. Proven experience with robotic simulators, physics engines, working with ROS and/or physical robots and machine learning.
  4. Proven knowledge and track record in one or more of the following areas: evolutionary algorithms (e.g., quality-diversity algorithms), deep reinforcement learning, autonomous systems (e.g., sensor fusion), control theory (e.g., model-predictive control), legged locomotion. 5. Strong programming skills in Python and C++.
  5. Strong mathematical background will be considered an advantage
General qualifications and requirements
  1. Strong computer programming skills
  2. Language requirements: Excellent written and oral English-language skills will be required especially in reading technical / research articles. 
  3. Ability to independently identify problems and carry out research work within the scope of the MRG. 
  4. Ability to interact with stakeholders in application domains and identify opportunities for collaboration. 
  5. Previous research experience and high impact research publications on relevant topics (a requirement for PhD holders /an advantage for non-PhD holders). 
  6. Previous relevant industrial / innovation / entrepreneurship experience and interest will be considered an advantage. 
  7. Previous grant-writing experience will be considered an advantage.
  8. For non-EU applicants a work permit will be required.
Application process
For full consideration, interested applicants should submit the following items via the online application form and select the following position: “Application for Research Associate LEAR”.  
  1. A cover letter which clearly specifies 1) contact details, 2) employment availability date, 3) part-time or full-time availability
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae in English
  3. Copies of academic transcripts
  4. Description of their academic and research experiences as well as any relevant industrial / innovation / entrepreneurship experience, where applicable (500 words maximum).
  5. Contact details of two University professors or one University professor and one industry referee who will provide the letters.
  6. Two (2) representative publications (if applicable).
  7. Two (2) representative innovation outcomes / products (if applicable).
In case you previously applied for a post at CYENS CoE, a new application is required.
For general enquiries, applicants may contact the HR Department of CYENS, Centre of Excellence at vacancies@cyens.org.cy .
CYENS Centre of Excellence is an equal opportunity employer and the position is open to everyone, internationally.
All applications are treated in the strictest confidence.

Positions: 2
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Type: An initial one-year employment contract will be offered with the possibility for renewal depending on performance and project needs.