Post-doctoral researcher positions in Machine Learning and Robotics – Learning Agents and Robots MRG

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  1. Post-doctoral Researcher in Machine Learning (full-time or part-time) 

  1. Post-doctoral Researcher in Robotics (full-time or part-time) 

Category: An initial one-year employment contract will be offered with the possibility for renewal depending on performance and project needs. 

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus 

Preferred Start Date: April 2023 or as soon thereafter. 

Application Deadline: 30th of March 2023 

No. Of Positions:

Salary Range: 2250 – 2500 euro (gross) full-time equivalent 

About the positions 

The Learning Agents and Robots (LEAR) research group (https://lear.cyens.org.cy/) 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 learning, reinforcement learning, continual learning), evolutionary computation (e.g., quality-diversity optimization), robotic simulation, perception, planning and control, among others. Our newly-established robotics lab is currently populated with a Unitree A1 quadruped robot and 4 Parrot Anafi drones. 

The LEAR group is looking for research associates in machine learning and robotics. The successful candidates will work under the supervision of the LEAR MRG Leader, Dr. Vassilis Vassiliades. 


Responsibilities of Research Associates:  

  1. Carry out fundamental or applied research in Machine Learning and/or Robotics. 

  1. Participate in currently active research projects in the research group. 

  1. Participate in the preparation of reports, deliverables, research papers, and presentations. 

  1. Disseminate research findings. 

  1. Participate in the preparation of grant proposals. 

  1. Participate in innovation activities related to the exploitation of research outputs. 

  1. Attend technical and non-technical training courses and workshops as required. 

  1. Undertake any other required duties based on projects’ needs. 


General qualifications and requirements 

  1. Bachelor's degree and postgraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., Computer Science or Engineering) from an accredited institution. 

  1. PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Robotics). 

  1. Strong programming skills in Python and/or C++. 

  1. High-impact research publications on relevant topics. 

  1. Experience with Machine/Deep Learning frameworks (e.g., scikit-learn, Tensorflow, PyTorch, JAX; a must for Machine Learning candidates). 

  1. Experience with robotic simulators (e.g., Gazebo, PyBullet, Isaac Sim), physics engines, ROS/ROS2, or physical robots (a must for Robotics candidates). 

  1. Experience with evolutionary algorithms, reinforcement learning, computer vision, speech processing or natural language processing will be considered an advantage (for Machine Learning candidates). 

  1. Experience with model-predictive control, legged robots, or sensor fusion will be considered an advantage (for Robotics candidates). 

  1. Experience with embedded systems or mobile app development will be considered an advantage. 

  1. Strong mathematical background will be considered an advantage. 

  1. Previous relevant industrial / innovation / entrepreneurship experience and interest will be considered an advantage.  

  1. Previous grant-writing experience will be considered an advantage. 

  1. Excellent written and oral English-language skills.  

  1. For non-EU applicants a work permit will be required. 


Profile of the ideal candidate:  

  1. Ability to independently identify problems and carry out research work within the scope of the research group. 

  1. Ability to interact with relevant partners / stakeholders, and identify opportunities for collaboration. 

  1. High levels of commitment, self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently.  

  1. Strong organizational, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. 

  1. Very good analytical skills coupled with attention to detail.  

  1. Adaptable, hands-on and results driven. 

  1. A team player with an ability to work under pressure. 



Take advantage of this opportunity for your professional and personal development by being a part of our fast- growing Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence. A very attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate according to qualifications and experience. 


Application process  

For full consideration, interested applicants should submit the following items via the “Application for Post-doctoral Researchers in Machine Learning and Robotics – LEAR MRG”: 


Process for Research Associates:  

  1. A cover letter which clearly specifies 1) contact details, 2) employment availability date, 3) part-time or full-time availability, and 4) rationale on why you think you would be a good fit for the position. 

  1. A detailed curriculum vitae in English. 

  1. Copies of academic degrees (BSc/MSc/PhD) and transcripts. 

  1. Description of academic and research experience, as well as any relevant industrial / innovation / entrepreneurship experience, where applicable (500 words maximum). 

  1. Contact details of two University professors or one University professor and one industry referee who will provide the letters. 

  1. Two (2) representative publications. 

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  


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


About CYENS CoE  

 CYENS Centre of Excellence is focusing on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies aiming to empower knowledge and technology transfer in Cyprus and wider region. It is a joint venture between the three public universities of Cyprus: the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology, and the Open University of Cyprus, the Municipality of Nicosia, and two renowned international partners, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany, and, the University College London, United Kingdom. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017 (Teaming Phase 2) under grant agreement No. 739578, as well as from the Cypriot Government, local and international partners, and other sponsors.  

Research in CYENS integrates the Visual Sciences, Human Factors & Design, and Communications & Artificial Intelligence, in a tight synergy that provides a unique interdisciplinary research perspective that emphasizes an “Inspired by Humans, Designed for Humans” philosophy. The Centre conducts excellent, internationally competitive scientific research delivered by 18 high-caliber multidisciplinary research teams. CYENS engages in knowledge transfer and innovation activities aiming to act as an integrator of academic research and industrial innovation, towards the sustainable fueling of the scientific, technological, and economic growth of Cyprus and Europe.  


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. 

Deadline: 30 March. 2023
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.