Long-term Research Visitor

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Position: Long-term Research Visitor 

Category: CYENS Long-term Research Visitor – Research Department 

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus 

Application Deadline: Remain open  

Cut off dates:  31st March, 30th June, 30th September, 31st December


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. 


Research Affiliates positions    

CYENS CoE to facilitate the achievement of establishing itself as an internationally renowned Research Centre of Excellence in its field may provide Long-term Research Visitor slots to external Researchers. Research at CYENS will benefit by the involvement and collaboration of external Researchers in the Centre’s activities.   

The Centre offers annually a number of Long-Term Research Visitor slots based on available resources. The visitors will be employed either on a full-time or a part-time basis (and affiliated) by CYENS CoE. In the case of full-time employment, Long-Term Research Visitors must work exclusively at CYENS during their placement and they should not be engaged in other activities (i.e. teaching activities) in other Institutions. Part time employment is allowed if Long-Term Research Visitors are employed at CYENS for at least 75% of their time.     

Benefits and Responsibilities:    

Long-Term Research Visitors are:   

  • Allowed access to the Centre’s facilities and use of the Centre’s assets.   

  • Required to use the CYENS affiliation (double affiliation if they hold positions in other institutions) for any publication or proposal resulting from their collaboration with CYENS and CYENS funders acknowledgement in the corresponding section, for the period of their engagement as Long-Term Research Visitor   

  • Expected to conduct applied research within their proposed area of interest and collaborate with the existing MRGs.   

  • Expected to establish synergies with other RTDI activities of the Centre and MRGs.   

  • Encouraged to secure funding through any RTDI activities (national and EU research funding, industry collaborations, joint IP exploitation, etc.).   

  • Visitors must also involve at least one (1) MRG in their proposal.   

  • Required to ensure outstanding and sustained quality of research outputs in line with the proposal submitted and related deliverables.   

  • Expected to have a role in dissemination activities including presenting and publishing research results in prestigious international conferences and journals.   

  • Allowed reimbursement for certain expenses after approval from the Executive Committee. Travel expenses for representation of CYENS CoE can be eligible for funding from the CYENS CoE budget. Any other expense i.e., publication fees for journals, where the visitor mentions their affiliation with CYENS as well as give appropriate acknowledgements will be eligible for funding (general CYENS Budget). However, prior approval for all such expenses must be sought.   

  • Long-Term Research Visitors are employees, and must therefore abide by the employee handbook and all applicable CYENS policies. The actions of the Long-Term Research Visitors should comply with the standards expected by CYENS CoE as per the relevant section of the Employee Handbook i.e. Code of conduct and professional standards   

  • Expected to work on a daily basis at the CYENS premises.   

  • Required to provide a monthly update to the Research Director about their activities at CYENS and address any possible deviations from the original plan of action.   

General qualifications and requirements 

  1. Lecturer or equivalent qualifications   

  • have a doctoral degree from a recognized university   

  • demonstrate ability to teach and conduct research at a university level   

  1. Assistant Professor or equivalent qualifications   

       The qualifications for the rank of Lecturer and in addition:   

  • have at least three years of self-reliant academic level teaching or research after the acquisition of a doctoral degree from a recognized university or research center  

  • publications in scientific journals or other publications of recognized value   

  1. Associate Professor or equivalent qualifications   

       The qualifications for the rank of Assistant Professor and in addition:   

  • at least seven years of service in a University or research centre or other equivalent work experience, after the acquirement of a doctoral degree. publication of articles in prestigious international scientific journals or monographs and books of recognized publishing houses that substantiate remarkable self-reliant research.   

  • ability to guide and promote research which includes supervising of postgraduate students, guidance or important contribution to research programs or securing funding for research activities.   

  • indication of international recognition of the candidate’s contribution in specific research fields such as research reports, invitations for scientific speeches, assignments of article evaluation,    research proposals or doctoral theses, participation in scientific journal publication committees or participation in convention organizing   

  1. Professor or equivalent qualifications   

       The qualifications for the rank of Professor and in addition:  

  • at least eleven years in total university or in a research centre or other equivalent work experience, after the acquirement of a doctoral degree, or holding a position at the level of Professor in a recognized university   

  • international recognition of the candidate’s scientific work   

  • supervision and successful completion of research programs or doctoral theses.  


Duration of Visit:  

Long-term Research Visitors are counted those, whose visit duration is between three (3) calendar months up to twelve (12) calendar months. In exceptional cases the possibility of renewal for up to 1 year will be considered. In the case that Long-term Research Visitors wish to renew their placement they should submit to the evaluation committee a report of the actions performed during the initial placement, a plan of action for the renewal period and a justification to explain why a renewal is necessary. The evaluation committee will make a recommendation to the EC and the EC will decide if a renewal is accepted. 

Application process  

For full consideration, interested applicants should submit the following items via the online application form and mention the position you are applying for:  “Application for Long-term Research Visitor”: 

  1. CYENS Long-Term Research Visitor Application Form , complete all fields and submit it through the online application form.    

  1. A detailed curriculum vitae in English.   

*The applications received will be reviewed based on the above-mentioned cut-off dates.   

For general enquiries, applicants may contact the Research Officer CYENS, Centre of Excellence at research_office@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. 

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Type: CYENS Long-term Research Visitor – Research Department