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Postdoctoral Researcher for the ERC project “URANUS”

Deadline: 2023

Title: Special Scientist for Research (Post-Doctoral Researcher)
No. of positions: One (1) position
Location: University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus announces one Special Scientist for Research (Post-Doctoral Researcher) position, for full-time employment. The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Stelios Timotheou ( towards the goals of the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant entitled URANUS: “Real-Time Urban Mobility Management via Intelligent UAV-based Sensing”.

The required skills and expertise for the announced position include one or more of the following areas:
• Mathematical Optimization
• Systems and Control Theory
• Machine Learning
• Operation planning of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
• Intelligent Transportation Systems/Traffic Management
Expertise in data-driven, model-free, large-scale and uncertainty-informed approaches in the above areas will be considered an advantage.

University of Cyprus
The University of Cyprus was officially founded in 1989 and started operating in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, in 1992. Within a short time, the University of Cyprus managed to achieve international recognition through an impressive course of development. Today, it is ranked in the top-100 Young Universities (under 50 years) by the Times New Higher Education Rankings.

KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence
The KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (KIOS CoE) is a strategic partnership between the University of Cyprus, the leading university in Cyprus, and Imperial College London in the U.K., one of the most respected universities in the world. Currently, the Center employs more than 180 people, who are supported by externally funded research and innovation projects. KIOS provides an inspiring environment for carrying out top-level multidisciplinary research in the area of Information and Communication Technologies, with emphasis on the Monitoring, Control, Management and Security of Critical Infrastructure Systems (CIS) including intelligent transportation networks, power and energy systems, water networks, telecommunication networks and emergency management and response. The Center instigates interdisciplinary interaction and promotes collaboration between industry, academia and research organizations in high-tech areas of global importance. Its close collaboration with operators and end-users of CIS, enables the Centre to address problems of practical importance, to implement the solutions on real systems, and to get feedback from experienced end-users.

URANUS Project
URANUS is a 5-year, 2-million-euro ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Assistant Professor Stelios Timotheou that focuses on real-time, dynamic, and intelligent sensing of vehicular and pedestrian traffic via Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and the use of the collected information for urban mobility management. In this context, a holistic framework for real-time urban mobility monitoring and control, as well as UAV operational planning, will be developed. URANUS is expected to transform our understanding of joint optimization of sensing, monitoring, and control, and lead to step-change improvements in urban traffic mobility with prominent environmental and socioeconomic benefits.

Job details
Candidate’s profile
The applicants should have a B.Sc. and/or an M.Sc. degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or other relevant field, as well as a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in the subject areas from an accredited institution. The applicants should be able to work independently and/or in a team in fundamental and/or applied research in the aforementioned areas to produce, publish, and present research results in top quality conferences and journals. They should also be able to assist in the supervision of students, help with the preparation of reports and project deliverables, and possibly attend academic and/or other conferences and seminars for further personal and professional development.

Employment Terms
The position is on a contract basis. Initially, a one-year contract will be offered which is renewable based on performance. The gross monthly salary depends on the candidate’s qualifications and expertise and will be between €2000 – €3200. From this amount, employee contributions to the Cyprus government funds will be deducted. The 13th salary bonus is incorporated in the monthly salary. Maternity leave will be granted based on Maternity Protection Law 1997(Ν.100(Ι)/1997), and the existing amendment laws.

Interested candidates should submit the following items online through
• Cover letter that specifies their employment availability date
• Statement of their academic and research experiences (can be combined with the cover letter) (2-page maximum)
• A detailed curriculum vitae in English
• Copies of transcripts of BSc/MSc/PhD degree(s)
• Copy of an English language certificate
• Contact information of at least two academics, who can provide reference letters upon request.

The applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but not later than July 17, 2023. The evaluation of the applications will begin immediately after receipt.
For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Stelios Timotheou ([email protected]), or the KIOS Center of Excellence, by phone at +357 22893460 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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