Special Scientist, Molecular Biologist

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Oct 2022


Title: Special Scientist – Molecular Biologist
Number of positions: One (1)
Category: Contract for 2 years, with potential for renewal
Place of employment: University of Cyprus, Nicosia

The Molecular Medicine Research Center of the University of Cyprus has one opening for a Special Scientist funded by the research program: Center of Excellence in Research and Innovation - Biobanking and the Cyprus Human Genome Project (CY-Biobank), which is co-funded by the European Commission, the Republic of Cyprus, and the University of Cyprus.

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Established in 2011, The Molecular Medicine Research Center (MMRC) was the first research center of the University of Cyprus (UCY) that aspired and aimed at developing front-line research on human genetic diseases and offer better prospects for diagnosis, prevention and therapy, in the framework of precision medicine.


  • PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences
  • Documented knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, experience in molecular diagnostic techniques & methodology and ability to develop independent research and administrative work


  • Strong background in Molecular Biology and good understanding of genetics
  • The candidate should be creative, enthusiastic and passionate about research

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work on a project related to inherited heart conditions including cardiomyopathies, with the use of human material and data, and expanding to the use of zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model to study DNA variants and their potential pathogenicity.

The project requires that the candidate has experience in working with zebrafish or will undergo training in Athens, with a collaborative laboratory at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens for a period of 4-6 weeks. Training will continue at the Medical School of the University of Cyprus. The candidate should be highly motivated to lead a new line of research and take initiatives to promote the project.

The candidate should be alert of opportunities for external funding and submit research grant proposals for supporting his/her research beyond the internal funding, in collaboration with the Director and other colleagues.

Terms of employment

The position will be for full-time employment with a 2-year contract, and potential for renewal. The monthly gross salary will be commensurate to qualifications and previous experience and ranges between €2500 and €3500. There is no provision for a 13th salary.

Submission of applications:

  • A letter expressing interest to the position with a brief description of qualifications (1 page).
  • A brief curriculum vitae with description of previous experience (2 pages).
  • Copies of degrees and transcripts.
  • Contact details for at least two people qualified to provide recommendation for the candidate.
  • At least the best three candidates that satisfy the required qualifications, will be interviewed by a 3-member Committee.

    Candidates shall be informed of the result of their application by the relevant entity.

    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.

    The application material should be sent electronically as one single pdf file to:

    biobank@ucy.ac.cy at the latest until October 10th, 2022.

    For more information the candidates may contact the Coordinator of the project, Prof. C. Deltas, Tel.: 22-892882 or Email: Deltas@ucy.ac.cy

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