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2 Special Scientists Positions, NetRL and FCS Laboratories

visorsurf‘VisorSurf - A Hardware Platform for Software-driven Functional Metasurfaces - VISORSURF’

Title: Special Scientists Positions (Post-doctoral)

No. of Position(s): 2

Category: 1 Year Contract (subject to renewal)

Location: University of Cyprus, Nicosia

Applications are invited for two full-time research positions (Postdoctoral Special Scientist) in the Networks Research Laboratory (NetRL, www.NetRL.cs.ucy.ac.cy) and the Research Laboratory for Foundations of Computing Systems and Theoretical Computer Science (FCS Laboratory, http://fcslab.cs.ucy.ac.cy/ of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus (UCY). The successful applicants will join the EU H2020 project VISORSURF (http://www.visorsurf.eu/), starting in January 2017.

VISORSURF is a 3.5 year (Jan 2017 – June 2020) H2020 research project funded under the very competitive FET OPEN program (4% success rate). The project is led by the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas-FORTH, Greece, and the consortium includes the University of Cyprus (departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering), Cyprus, Fraunhofer IZM, Germany, SignalGenerix Ltd, Cyprus, NanoNetworking Center of Catalunya-UPC-N3CAT, Spain, and Aalto University, Finland.

The project will undertake the ambitious goal of providing programming concepts and algorithms in crafting the electromagnetic/light behavior of materials. Metamaterials and metasurfaces are presently non-adaptive and non-reusable, restricting their applicability to a single, static functionality per structure and their design remains a task for specialized researchers. VISORSURF aims to develop a hardware platform -the HyperSurface- that can host metasurface functionalities described in software, adding the potential for hosting multiple functionalities concurrently and adaptively. The HyperSurface essentially merges existing metasurfaces with nanonetworks, acting as a reconfigurable metasurface whose properties can be changed via a software interface. VISORSURF will study in depth the novel and unexplored theoretical capabilities of the HyperSurface concept. Two experimental prototypes will be implemented to demonstate the HyperSutface concept: a switch-based fabric array as the control medium; and a Graphene based one. A real pilot-application will demonstrate the HyperSurface potential to adapt to changes in their environment, to interconnect to smart control loops and make use of Information Technology (IT) programming concepts and algorithms in crafting the EM behavior of materials.

NetRL will mainly contribute in the activities related to the provision of communication mechanisms suitable for the nanonode implementation environment (the HyperSurface controller networking mechanism), the theoretical capabilities of Hypersurfaces when ideal nanonetworking is considered, and the Network-level modelling and simulation of Hypersurface controller networks.

The FCS Laboratory will mainly contribute to the development of a formal and rigorous definition of the HyperSurface programming interface by organizing its functionality in virtual functions, appropriately specified and validated via formal analysis. These functions will then be translated into HyperSurface controller node actuation directives. The effort will be complemented by a formal analysis of the proposed communication scheme with respect to computational requirements, energy consumption, and robustness to transmission errors and hardware failures.


We are seeking two highly-motivated researchers with a PhD degree in an area related to the project, and with proven capability to work in a demanding multi-disciplinary research environment and eager to be actively engaged in the demanding activities of FET European projects, collaborating efficiently with the project research teams. The two positions qualifications are as outlined below:

Position 1: The applicants should have general knowledge in Computer Networks, and proven research work in as many of the following areas: Routing and dissemination protocols, Nanonetworks, Nature-Inspired Techniques applied in Communication Networks, and Simulation and Evaluation of Communication (Nano)Networks.

Position 2: The applicants should have general knowledge of formal methods and expertise in model checking as well as a good knowledge of programming languages, and distributed computing/systems. Candidates should demonstrate strong programming and formal modelling skills and the expertise and commitment to apply rigorous semantics to real systems. Familiarity with nanonetworks will be helpful but is not necessary for the position.


The position is on a contract basis of one year, subject to renewal, with a maximum duration extending to the end of the project. The monthly employment cost is equal to € 2000-3500 depending on qualifications. Employee and employer contributions will be deducted from the above amount. The positions do not include a 13th Salary bonus or medical insurance coverage.
Enquiries regarding Position 1 should be made to Professor Andreas Pitsillides (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and for Position 2 to Associate Professor Anna Philippou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
General inquiries can be directed to Ms Helen Kakos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Tel +35722892700.

The applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter that specifies their employment availability date.
  • Detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (contact address and telephone number should be included).
  • Copies of transcripts of PhD degree(s).
  • Name and contact details for at least two referees from whom references may be requested.
  • Research statement (maximum 2 pages) that explains the interest in the position, relevant expertise and a brief research plan.

The applications must be submitted in electronic format (PDF) by email with subject "VISORSURF Special Scientist @ CS UCY" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 13rd of January 2017. The University reserves the right to not proceed with any appointments.

Further information can be found on the project web site: http://www.visorsurf.eu/