Research Associate – Pervasive Real-World Computing for Sustainability (SuPerWorld) MRG

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Position: Research Associate  

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

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus

Application Deadline: Open until position filled 

No. Of Positions:


About the position   

The SuPerWorld Research Group involves technology in pervasive computing and earth observation, which touches upon research that focuses on the real world towards (contributing in) making it more sustainable. As “real world”, we refer to humans, animals and plants, as well as to the physical and urban environment. As “pervasive computing”, we refer to sensing infrastructures and equipment that measure the real world, towards precise environmental monitoring and modelling. 

Web: https://superworld.cyens.org.cy/  


The successful candidates will have the opportunity to conduct fundamental and/or applied research in the group’s areas of expertise, with a focus on computer vision and advanced AI techniques such as deep learning. The position holder should publish/present his/her research results in prestigious international conferences and journals and contribute to the centre’s key performance indicators. The successful candidate will work under the supervision and guidance of the SuPerWorld Research Group Leader, Dr Andreas Kamilaris. 


Responsibilities of Research Associate:  

  1. To apply novel AI techniques on various real-world challenges relating to environmental monitoring, protection and sustainability 

  1. To contribute to the research activities of the group 

  1. To manage a European-funded research project 

  1. To prepare, submit and publish high-quality research papers 


General qualifications and requirements 

  1. BSc degree in Computer Science or in an area/field related to AI, computer vision, machine learning and/or deep learning. 

  1. MSc degree in a specialization in data analysis, probabilistic modelling, earth observations, satellite imagery analysis and/or geographical systems is an advantage. 

  1. Good coding skills (e.g. Python) is important. 

  1. Knowledge of GIS tools is a plus (e.g. ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS). 

  1. Confidence in mathematics (e.g., linear algebra, probabilistic methods). 

  1. Proven experience with ML/DL frameworks (e.g. PyTorch, Keras). 

  1. Self-motivation, ability to work independently, and excellent problem-solving skills. 

  1. Prior publications in the area are desirable but not essential. 

  1. Language requirements: Excellent written and oral English-language skills will be required.   

For non-EU applicants a work permit will be required 


Profile of the ideal candidate:  

  1. Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently.   

  1. Strong organizational, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills, having the ability to deal confidently and politely with enquiries.   

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

  1. Dynamic, adaptable, hands-on and results driven. 

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

  1. High levels of commitment, energy, and drive. 

  1. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 


Important soft skills 

  • Problem-solving 

  • High-quality research 

  • Strongly motivated/passionate with exceptional attention to detail. 

  • Team player and creativity are important skills due to the nature and philosophy of CYENS. 

  • Good presentation and communication skills 


PhD holders are strongly encouraged to apply for the position. 



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 – Pervasive Real-World Computing for Sustainability (SuPerWorld) MRG”: 


Process for Research Associates:  

  1. A cover letter which clearly specifies 1) contact details, 2) employment availability date

  1. A detailed curriculum vitae in English. 

  1. Copies of academic transcripts  

  1. Description of their academic and research experiences 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 (if applicable). 

  1. 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


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. 

Positions: 1
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Type: An initial one-year employment contract will be offered with the possibility for renewal depending on performance and project needs.