Research Associate – EdMedia MRG

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Position: Research Associate / Research Assistant
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: 1st December 2023 or as soon thereafter.
Application Deadline:Remain open until the positions are filled 
No. Of Positions: 2

About the position  
The EdMedia Group of CYENS aims to conduct applied research and innovation in the field of Interactive Media for Education and Edutainment. EdMedia work is related to learning experience (LX) design, User Experience (UX), technology-enhanced learning, training and pedagogy, technology integration in formal, non-formal and informal education, assessment and evaluation.
EdMedia aims to advance digital learning, defined as learning facilitated by technology or instructional methods, which makes effective use of technology (i.e. game-based learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, learning in AR, VR, and mixed reality settings, etc.). The group is a natural extension of the Cyprus Interaction Lab Group of the Cyprus University of Technology (https://www.cyprusinteractionlab.com/)
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.
Position holders are expected to contribute to the dynamic and collaborative research environment of EdMedia, support current and upcoming projects, collaborate with and support other researchers of the group,  conduct applied research and publish/present research work, prepare and submit research and innovation proposals for funding, pursue collaboration opportunities.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Andri Ioannou, Leader of EdMedia
Responsibilities of Research Associate / Research Assistant

  1. Contribute to the dynamic and collaborative research environment of EdMedia,
  2. Support current and upcoming projects of EdMedia,
  3. Collaborate with and support other researchers of the group,  
  4. Conduct applied research and publish/present research work in the fields of EdMedia,
  5. Prepare and submit research and innovation proposals for funding,
  6. Pursue collaboration opportunities,
  7. Support the academic leader in administrative tasks, such as preparing reports, managing budgets, and maintaining research documentation.
General qualifications and requirements
University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or Degree of a level equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree) or Diploma or Certificate or other study title or qualifications in relevant field including Design, Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Educational Technology, ICT/Informatics.
  1. At least 3 years of experience in a relevant field (e.g. Design, Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Educational Technology, ICT/Informatics).
  2. Demonstrated experience in the abovementioned list of responsibilities
  3. Computer literate.
  4. Language requirements: Excellent written and oral English-language skills will be required, especially in reading technical / research articles.
Profile of the ideal candidate:
  1. Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently.  
  2. Strong organizational, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills, having the ability to deal confidently and politely with enquiries.  
  3. Very good analytical skills coupled with attention to detail.  
  4. Dynamic, adaptable, hands-on and results driven.
  5. A team player with an ability to work independently and under pressure. 
  6. High levels of commitment, energy, and drive.
  7. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Specific requirements for Research Associate positions – MRG specific:
  1. Previous experience with leading research projects will be considered an advantage.
  2. Knowledge of design software (e.g. Adobe Suite) will be considered an advantage.
  3. Previous grant-writing experience will be considered an advantage.
  4. Ability to independently identify problems and carry out research work within the scope of the research group. 


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 Research Associate – EdMedia 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) MRG(s) of interest in order of priority
  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).
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 .
 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.

Positions: 2
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Type: Remain open until the positions are filled (relevant to Research Associates)