Overview

The Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies (RISE), announces twenty (20) full-time equivalent (part-time/full-time) positions for junior researchers under various Multidisciplinary Research Groups (MRGs). RISE is an equal opportunity employer. The positions are open to everyone, internationally. Applicants outside the EU may require a working VISA for Cyprus.

RISE is a newly founded research centre in Cyprus aiming to become a centre of excellence empowering knowledge and technology transfer in the region. It is a joint venture between the Municipality of Nicosia, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany), the University College London (UK) and the three public universities of Cyprus – University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, and 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 research focus of RISE is on interactive media. 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. Research in RISE 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. RISE 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. For more information about RISE, please visit www.rise.org.cy.

There are two (2) full-time equivalent (part-time/full-time) research positions for each of the following MRGs:

1. Cognitive and Clinical Applications MRG
Research focus on the development and validation of Virtual Reality and mobile applications for cognitive training and clinical interventions
2. Interactive Media and Education/Edutainment MRG
Research focus on multimodal interaction and learning, emerging technologies for learning and entertainment/ edutainment, learning theory
3. Museums and Difficult Heritage MRG
Research focus on museum studies, with an emphasis on difficult heritage, conflict, interactive media, citizen science and socially engaged practices
4. Real-time Populated Virtual Environments MRG
Research focus on computer graphics – animation and simulation of virtual humans, as well as modelling and simulation of 3D built environments
5. Smart Networked Systems MRG
Research focus on computer networks, protocols for IoT and multimedia communications, 5G technologies, security, Edge/Fog and mobile cloud computing, and Smart City applications
6. Smart Human-centred Technologies MRG
Research focus on developing novel and applied techniques driven by the need to improve the quality of life of humans.
7. Smart, Ubiquitous, and Participatory Technologies for Healthcare Innovation MRG
Research focus on the smart, ubiquitous, and participatory technologies for healthcare innovation
8. Socially-Competent Agent Technologies MRG
Research focus on machine learning, computational learning theory, natural language processing and generation, story comprehension, symbolic knowledge representation, commonsense reasoning, formal argumentation, cognitive computing, explainable AI.
9. Transparency in Algorithms MRG
Research focus on algorithmic accountability and transparency, human biases in algorithms, user-algorithm feedback loops
10. Virtual Reality for Well-being MRG
Research focus on Virtual Reality for well-being/ rehabilitation by exploring the fields of brain plasticity, social neuroscience and social psychology.
More details about each of the above-mentioned MRG research areas can be found at www.rise.org.cy/vacancies/mrgs<http://www.rise.org.cy/en-gb/vacancies/mrgs/>. Candidates who might be interested in more than one MRGs must clearly state their priority preference in their application.

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