CYENS (formerly known as RISE) is a research centre of excellence in Nicosia, Cyprus. CYENS CoE is a significant investment supported by the European Commission, the Republic of Cyprus and its founding Partners, the Municipality of Nicosia, Max Planck Institute, University College London, the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Open University of Cyprus. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017 (Teaming Phase 2) under grant agreement No. 739578, as well as from the Cypriot Government, local and international partners, and other sponsors.

The Centre conducts excellent, internationally competitive scientific research in the areas of visual sciences, human factors and design, communication, and artificial intelligence delivered by high-calibre multidisciplinary research teams. CYENS engages in knowledge transfer and innovation activities aiming to bridge the gap between scientific research and STEM-led innovation and entrepreneurship.

The research focus of CYENS is on interactive media, smart systems, and emerging technologies. Interactive media have become an integral part of our lives, changing the way that information is conveyed to the user and the ways users interact with devices, with other people, and with the world around them. Smart systems have offered a novel way of producing automated solutions to hard problems for which the mere use of the human intellect is insufficient. Research in CYENS integrates the Visual Sciences, Human Factors & Design, and Communications & Artificial Intelligence, in a tight synergy that provides a unique interdisciplinary research perspective that emphasizes an “Inspired by Humans, Designed for Humans” philosophy. CYENS is designed to act as an integrator of academic research and industrial innovation, towards the sustainable fuelling of the scientific, technological, and economic growth of Cyprus and Europe.

The Socially-Competent Robotic and Agent Technologies (SCRAT) MRG focuses on the design and development of human-centered AI-driven technologies for physical robots or virtual agents. The MRG’s work draws inspiration from cognitive psychology and the social sciences, recognizing that value can increase when machines work with humans rather than only for humans. Humans are viewed as the collaborators or coaches of machines, helping, and being helped by, machines to achieve their joint goals. This in turn, necessitates technologies that can interact competently with humans in a decision-supporting role and at a level that is socially and cognitively compatible with the individual(s) interacting with those technologies. The MRG builds upon techniques from machine learning, learning theory, natural language processing and generation, preference elicitation, knowledge acquisition and representation, commonsense reasoning, formal argumentation, cognitive computing, and explainable AI.

The successful candidates will have the opportunity to conduct applied research in the aforementioned areas, towards the development of innovative solutions with socio-economic impact on real-world domains where the use of smart assistants is most useful. Indicatively, the MRG is looking for candidates who can design and develop robust, trustworthy, interactive (human-in-the-loop), explainable AI technologies for decision-support in areas like Fintech, Education, Health, Tourism, Agriculture, etc. Individuals with research / innovation experience in relevant application domains, in addition to knowledge of key AI technologies, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Position holders are expected to publish/present their research results in prestigious international conferences and journals and contribute to the Center’s key performance indicators by participating in the preparation of research and innovation proposals, in the preparation of project reports and deliverables, and in dissemination activities.


Open University of Cyprus


General qualifications and requirements

Bachelor’s degree and/or postgraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Computer Science, Interactive media, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering) from an accredited institution.
Excellent knowledge of both spoken and written English language.
Previous research experience and high impact research publications will be considered an advantage.
Previous relevant industrial / innovation / entrepreneurship experience and interest will be considered an advantage.
Previous grant-writing experience will be considered an advantage.
For non-EU applicants a work permit will be required.
Specific qualifications relevant to Socially Competent Robotic and Agent Technologies (SCRAT) MRG
M.Sc. / Ph.D. from an accredited university in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Science, Cognitive Systems, Cognitive Science, or a related area. (Candidates with other backgrounds but with an otherwise solid profile may also be considered.)
Very good knowledge of English, especially in reading technical / research articles.
Ability to independently identify problems and carry out research work within the scope of the MRG.
Ability to interact with stakeholders in application domains and identify opportunities for collaboration.
Excellent programming skills (e.g., C, C++, Python, Java), mathematical maturity, and ability to learn quickly.
Mobile application development skills for Android / iOS is considered an advantage.
Interest / past work in Smart Personal Assistants or Human-Machine collaboration applications is desirable.

Educational level:

Master Degree

How to apply:

Please mention NLP People as a source when applying


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