Thermal Science Research Assistant

The Cyprus Institute (CyI)


Thermal Science Research Assistant

Closing date: 29/04/2019

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, emphasizing international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and post graduate education. CyI, through its established research centers, addresses challenging issues that are important at both the regional and international levels. Many of its research activities are being carried out in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas.

The successful candidate(s) will be actively engaged with the on-going research at the Cyprus Institute in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies. They will be part of the research team associated with the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean (CySTEM). As stated in by the European Commission in its website, “the “ERA Chair” is an important part of the EU’s effort to unlock Europe’s potential in research and innovation.” The holder of CySTEM ERA Chair is Prof. Manuel J. Blanco, who is currently also Vice-Chair of SolarPACES, the International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program for CST related technologies.


The appointment will be at the Research Assistant rank. The initial period of the appointment is 12 months, with the option of renewal subjected to the needs of the Cyprus Institute and the availability of funding. The actual salary will be determined based on the applicants’ experience and qualifications. In addition to the salary, the researcher will have a career development plan which will include training at CyI, secondments at prestigious research institutions around the world and participation in international conferences and events.

The appointment will be on a full time basis, initially for a fixed-term period, with the potential of renewal depending on performance and availability of funds.


The successful candidate will be carrying out the following activities

  • Modeling, analysis, design and optimization of new thermal components of CST Systems i.e. receiver, thermal storage, heat exchangers etc.
  • Modeling, analysis, design and optimization of overall CST Systems configurations.
  • Drafting of journal papers, presentations etc.
  • Contribution to technical deliverables
  • Any other activities in support of the research activities of the Energy Division aligned with the general expectations regarding the expertise and capabilities of successful candidates to these positions.

Required Qualifications


  • An MSC/MA degree in one of the following disciplines:
  1. Mechanical engineering
  2. Energy Engineering
  3. Chemical Engineering,
  4. Process Engineering
  5. Thermal Science
  6. Experimental Physics
  7. Experimental Chemistry


  • Knowledge of Thermodynamics
  • Knowledge of Fluid-mechanics
  • Knowledge of Heat Transfer
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adopt to a multicultural/multinational environment
  • High level of organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language both verbal and in writing. Knowledge of the Greek language will be considered an advantage


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Concentrating Solar Thermal systems
  • Knowledge of Thermal storage Systems
  • Knowledge of Polygeneration and desalination
  • Knowledge of High temperature engineering
  • Knowledge of Control systems
  • Knowledge of C++,
  • Knowledge of Wolfram’s Mathematica
  • Knowledge of Modelica language
  • Good knowledge of simulation techniques to simulate Energy Systems, or at least, to simulate in good detail, physical systems in general.
  • Some experience / knowledge of Concentrating Solar Thermal technologies is desirable but not required.



For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute JobBoard ( based on the instructions given. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including a letter of interest and a list of three references (including contact information) (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Prof Manuel J Blanco ( Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. 


Reference letters: 3

Contact person: Prof Manuel J. Blanco

Reference number: EEWRC_TSRA_19_09

In your application, please refer to