The ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (ECoE) (www.eratosthenes.org.cy ) of the Cyprus University of Technology (www.cut.ac.cy ) invites applications for the position of Senior Researcher at the Resilient Society Department of the ERATOSTHENES CoE. This position is open either on fulltime (100%) or part-time employment basis. This position is open to everyone internationally in the framework of the EU-H2020 “EXCELSIOR” project (Excellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment; https://excelsior2020.eu/; TEAMING Grant no. 857510). Through this project, the Cyprus University of Technology is establishing the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence in Space Technology, Earth Observation and Geospatial Technology in the EMMENA (Eastern Mediterranean Middle East North Africa) region, in cooperation with the Department of Electronic Communications (DEC) from the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy (Cyprus) and with EU advanced Partners the German Aerospace Centre (DLR, Germany), TROPOS (Germany) and the National Observatory of Athens (NOA-Greece). The ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence is an autonomous Centre of Excellence with Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) as its sole stakeholder, aiming to become a viable, sustainable Centre of Excellence in earth observation, space technology and geospatial analysis. CUT has a 13-year experience in earth observations and geospatial analysis. Through the “EXCELSIOR” H2020 Teaming Project (2019-2026), the ERATOSTHENES CoE aspires to become an excellent Digital Innovation Hub for Earth Observation and Geospatial Information by offering education, responsible research, open innovation and application services capable of sustaining Cyprus’ development. The ERATOSTHENES CoE aspires to actively contribute to the European Research Area (ERA) priorities in Atmosphere and Climate, Resilient Societies and Big Earth Data Analytics, as well as to become the reference Earth Observation/Geoinformation Centre for research and innovation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa (EMMENA) region.
Description of the Position:
The successful candidate will be assigned to the Department of Resilient Society within the Centre of Excellence, in which earth observation-based research will be conducted in the following thematic domains: Disaster Risk Reduction, Cultural Heritage, Marine Safety & Security and Energy. The selected Senior Researcher A or B (qualifications equivalent to Professor or Associate Professor level, respectively) will assume a leading and coordination role in the development of ERATOSTHENES CoE’s research and innovation agenda in remote sensing on resilient society with emphasis on the Department’s thematic areas (Disaster Risk Reduction, Cultural Heritage, Marine Safety & Security and Energy). In close collaboration with the respective Department’s Coordinator, the Senior Researcher will be responsible for providing proposals for actions towards the strategic development of the Department and supporting its sustainability, overseeing the overall scientific progress within the Department, providing guidance to other researchers and technical staff, as well as monitoring research progress through supervision and coordination. The Senior Researcher is expected to promote a spirit of inter-departmental and intra-departmental collaboration within the ECoE. A core activity of ERATOSTHENES CoE is to conduct high caliber, state-of-the-art research, both basic and applied. A central task is to acquire research funding for the Centre, to provide facilities to the researchers, and to support them to acquire funding for their research independently and via international and local collaborations. Collaborations with industrial partners will be particularly encouraged and facilitated. At a strategic level, the Senior Researcher will be actively involved, in collaboration with the respective Department’s Coordinator and the strategic partners, in the development and overseeing of the execution of the Strategic Research and Strategic Growth plan of the ERATOSTHENES CoE. This plan should be regularly revisited and updated to meet the strategic and long-term plans of the ECoE. Appropriate measures of success will be collaboratively determined based on the Centre’s strategic growth plan and sustainability targets. These will be revised periodically by the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
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