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Type: Full time


Job Title: Special Scientist
No. of Positions: One (1)
Category: Contract for 12-20 months
Location: Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

The Heterocyclic Chemistry Laboratory ( accepts applications for a “Special Scientist” position for full-time work on the research project “Synthesis of canthin-4-ones and azepino-fused quinolones” (CANTHIN4ONE). The project will involve the development of versatile and atom economical methods for the synthesis of canthin-4-ones, the construction of a small library of compounds based on canthin-4-ones and their antibacterial screening. For previous related research from our group have a look at: Tetrahedron Lett. 2017, 58, 2661- 2664; J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 5113-5122; Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 1352-1355.
The project is funded by the program “DIDAKTOR” of the Research and Innovation Foundation

The successful applicant will work under the joint supervision of Dr Maria Koyioni (grant awardee – project coordinator) and Prof. Panayiotis A. Koutentis. The majority of the researcher’s time will be devoted on organic synthesis. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to extend his/her skills by being involved in the antibacterial activity screening studies of the synthesized compounds. All the biological studies will be performed under the supervision of Dr Nikolas Dietis at the Laboratory of Experimental Pharmacology ( of the Medical School at the University of Cyprus.


  • BSc (and/or MSc) in Chemistry – ideally the applicant would potentially like to pursue postgraduate studies in this area (MSc/PhD) – or PhD holder.
  • Good command of written and spoken English is required.

An enthusiastic chemist with genuine interest in organic chemistry and good work ethic that would enjoy working in a synthetic lab.

The salary and duration of the employment will be dependent on the qualifications of the applicant and will be in the range of €1662 – €2216 (employer cost). From this amount, employee and employer contributions to the various
Governmental funds and (GHS) as well as any income tax will be deducted. 13th Salary is not included.

Applicants are asked to submit their applications directly to the project coordinator Dr Maria Koyioni ( as a single pdf file including the follow:
1) Cover letter
2) CV (résumé)
3) Transcript and certificates of BSc (and/or MSc) Chemistry degree, and PhD certificate for postdoc applicants
4) Research summary of past accomplishments (not more than one page)
5) The names and contact details (e-mail) of 2 referees

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2020, by 23:00 (EET). Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. Interviews will take place during January 20-24, 2020 (either in person or via skype). Starting date is flexible.

For more information and informal enquires regarding the project or the position please contact Dr Maria Koyioni (