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Project Management Specialist

Deadline: 2024

Title: Special Scientist (Project Management Specialist)
No. of Positions: One (1)
Category: Employment contract
Location: University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus announces one (1) Special Scientist (Project Management Specialist) position, for full-time employment. The successful candidate will provide support with the delivery of the DiGiNN project, contributing to project management activities, stakeholder engagement, documentation, and overall project success.

DiGiNN Project (
DiGiNN is the Cyprus DiGital INNovation Hub funded by the European Union Digital Europe Programme and the Cyprus Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy. It acts as an one-stop shop for public sector organizations and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Cyprus, that offers fully subsidized services to help them respond to their digital transformation challenges. The hub offers test-before-invest, training and upskilling, support to find investment and networking services focusing on advance digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), High Performance Computing, Cybersecurity and other Advanced digital skills & technologies (IoT).

Who we are:
The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence is the largest research center at the University of Cyprus and in 2017 was upgraded to a European Research Center of Excellence through the KIOS CoE Teaming project. Currently, the Center employs more than 180 people who are supported by externally funded research and innovation projects. The KIOS CoE operates in a diverse environment as an equal opportunity employer.

What we do:
KIOS provides an inspiring environment for carrying out top level research and innovation in the area of Information and Communication Technologies, with emphasis on the Monitoring, Control and Security of Critical Infrastructures. Such infrastructures include power and energy systems, water networks, transportation 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.

Why work at KIOS:
You will have the opportunity to work on various high-profile projects with great impact on society and the environment, not only on a local but also on a global scale.
In KIOS we strive to create a multicultural, diverse and inclusive workplace and we strongly support the continuous personnel evolvement and development, both personally and professionally, to fulfill your long-term goals. We offer internal and external professional training, covering both technical and soft skills.

Job Details
The successful candidate is expected to:
• Attend project meetings.
• Maintain general record keeping, documentation and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
• Communicate and promote DiGiNN services to external stakeholders/customers.
• Contribute to the preparation of reports and deliverables.
• Administer Digital Maturity Assessments (DMA surveys and structured interviews) and analyze the results.
• Support customer needs analysis and prioritization.
• Enter DMA results and project KPIs into the European Digital Innovation Hubs Network.
• Develop service recommendations and roadmaps.
• Liaise with KIOS technical experts to document the service scope, limitations, expected deliverables, timeline (project plan), expected duration and contribution from all internal stakeholders.
• Ensure all service agreements and eligibility checks are in place before service implementation begins.
• Track individual projects/services progress and carry out close-out activities.
• Organize, disseminate, and attend service demonstrations and training activities.
• Attend customer meetings (travelling within Cyprus may be required).
• Assist in conducting market research.
• Represent DiGiNN in networking events, expos, festivals etc.

Profile of the ideal candidate:
• Excellent organizational and self-management skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Team-player as well as able to work independently
• Excellent writing, reporting and documentation skills
• Able to prioritize, multitask, work under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines
• Reliable and trustworthy
• Flexible and eager to learn
• Able to adapt in a fast-paced dynamic environment
• Excellent knowledge of the Greek and English language
• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
• An understanding of overall business processes would be beneficial
• Knowledge of the Cyprus innovation ecosystem will be considered an advantage
• Awareness of advance digital technologies (e.g. AI, computer vision, data management systems, visualization techniques, natural language bots) will be considered an advantage

Qualifications and Experience:
• Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Business and/or Public Administration or Project Management or European Studies or other related field, from an accredited institution.
• Minimum 2 years of experience in supporting the implementation of projects.

Employment Terms:
The position is on a contract basis. Initially, a one-year contract will be offered, with a 6-month probation period, which is renewable based on performance. The gross monthly salary depends on the candidate’s qualifications and experience and will be between €1500 – €2200. From this amount, employee contributions to the Cyprus government funds will be deducted. A 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 the link:
• Cover letter explaining the interest of the applicant in pursuing a career at the KIOS CoE, along with employment availability date
• Short summary of prior work experiences, activities and accomplishments (can be combined with the cover letter) (2 pages maximum)
• A detailed curriculum vitae in English or in Greek
• Copies of transcripts of BSc/MSc or other degree(s)
• Copy of an English language certificate
• Identify at least two referees that can provide reference letters

The applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but not later than Friday, 24th of May 2024, at 5 pm. The evaluation of the applications will begin immediately. At least the best three candidates that satisfy the required qualifications will be interviewed by a 3-member the Selection Committee. Candidates will be informed of the result of their application by the KIOS CoE.

Applicants need not be citizens of the Republic of Cyprus. Applicants should however ensure, before applying, that in case they are selected they will be residing in Cyprus on a full-time basis during the employment period and submission of application implies acceptance of this condition.

The University of Cyprus shall collect and process your personal data according to the provisions of the General Regulation on Personal Data 2016/679 (EU).

The University of Cyprus (UCY) is committed to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equality, as well as the elimination of all forms of discrimination in order to provide a fair, safe, and pleasant environment for the entire university community, where students and staff members will feel supported both in their professional and personal development, within and beyond their multiple identities. To this end, UCY seeks to create the necessary conditions that will encourage and respect diversity and ensure dignity both in the workplace and society at large. Moreover, UCY has adopted specific policies to promote equal opportunities, as well as respect and understanding of diversity, while it is committed to promoting and maintaining a working, teaching, and learning environment, free from any form of discrimination, whether direct or indirect.

For more information, please contact the KIOS Center of Excellence, by phone at +357 22893460 or via e-mail at [email protected].