Special Scientist, Research Associate

Nicosia, Cyprus
24 May 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Title: Special Scientist (Research Associate)
No. of Positions: One (1)
Category: Employment contract for one (1) year (subject to renewal)
Location: University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

We seek to fill the vacancy for one (1) Special Scientist (Research Associate) position, for full-time employment. The successful candidate will conduct fundamental and/or applied research as part of an R&D-funded project from the Cyprus Cancer Research Institute.

This work will be carried out jointly between the In Silico Modelling Group ( and the Optical Diagnostics Lab (, University of Cyprus (UCY), who are also part of UCY’s Computational Sciences Lab and KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence respectively. The groups have expertise in mathematical modelling, medical image processing, bioengineering, data analysis, and high-performance computing technologies. The post-doctoral fellow will be under the supervision of Dr Vasileios Vavourakis and Prof Constantinos Pitris.


Treatment of brain cancer metastasis (BCM) is often surgery, radiation therapy or both – clinical evidence suggests that stereotactic radiosurgery or in combination with whole brain radiotherapy have shown improved cancer patient survival. However, prediction of response to treatment on a patient-specific basis remains elusive. Thus, our project aims to develop novel digital tools for clinical decision making in patients with BCM by predicting and assessing the efficacy of external beam radiation treatment.

We are looking for a highly motivated research associate with a solid background in computer science, modelling and medical imaging to work towards (a) quantitative analysis of advanced magnetic resonance imaging data, and (b) multimodal brain image data radiomics and feature selection/reduction.


The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Develop novel medical imaging algorithms to analyse pertinent imaging sequences (T2/T1-weighted MRI, pre/post contrast, DWI), microcirculation and tissue microenvironment data.
  • Develop novel radiomics and feature analysis techniques (and software) to multimodal image data analysis.
  • Collaborate closely with post-graduate and post-doctoral group members working on this project, and
  • Supervise post-graduate students working on this project.
  • Disseminate project results (internally and externally):
    • write research articles in high-impact factor journals,
    • write proceedings and give talks in prominent international conferences / congresses, and o compile technical reports for the project.
  • Prepare grant proposals and be active in networking.


  • MSc in either Computer Science, Medical Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics or any other relevant to the project field.
  • PhD in any of the abovementioned areas is considered a major advantage.
  • Solid background in computer programming – experience in C++ or/and Python is important.
  • Previous research work experience, relevant to the project, is considered a great advantage.
  • Very good skills in English (written and verbal communication) is required.
  • Strong motivation is a must. Be reliable and a trustworthy team member, with good communication and organizational skills, and with a strong eager to learn.


The position is on a contract basis. Initially, a 12-month contract will be offered that could be extended based on successful progress and performance. The gross monthly salary will be within the range €2,500 – €2,900 depending on experience and qualifications, while a 13th salary bonus is being incorporated in the monthly salary. Contributions to the various governmental funds will be deducted from this amount. Maternity leave will be granted based on Maternity Protection Laws 1997 to 2011.


Interested candidates should submit the following documentation (in English) online through UCY’s recruitment website (

  • Cover letter explaining the interest of the applicant for this post, a short summary of prior work experience, R&D activities and accomplishments, and their employment availability date (2 pages max).
  • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant.
  • Recommendation letters by 2 academy- or/and industry-based referees.

Applications should be submitted by 24 June 2022.

At least the best three candidates that satisfy the required qualifications, will be interviewed by a 3-member Committee. Candidates will be informed of the outcome 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).

For more information, interested candidates can contact Dr Vasileios Vavourakis (; Project Coordinator) and Prof Constantinos Pitris (