Ph.D. in Computational Sciences

Modelling and Simulation for Engineering Applications
The Modelling and Simulation for Engineering Applications (SimEA) WIDENING Horizon 2020 project has accepted three fully-funded Ph.D. students to undertake research projects at the interface of materials science, data analytics and engineering. The Ph.D. students will pursue research in modelling and simulation of complex systems in condensed matter, through the development of modern tools and methodologies, from High-Performance Computing, multi-scale modelling, data science and artificial intelligence. All research projects concern systems/materials of great scientific and technological interest, such as nanocomposites, polymers, graphene-based nanostructured materials, proteins and biomolecular systems. The research interests of the following two PhD students resonate well with the research topics in the SimEA project:


Eleftherios Christofi

Eleftherios Christofi was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at the University of Crete. Thereafter, he completed his Masters degree in Applied Mathematics, working on “The Optimisation Algorithm in Machine Learning”. Currently, he is a Ph.D student at CyI, working on the developement of multi-scale simulation approaches for complex molecular systems via hybrid physics-based data-driven methods.


Nikolaos Patsalidis

Nikolaos Patsalidis is a mechanical engineer. He completed his Bachelors with integrated Masters degree at the National Technical University of Athens where he specialized in Air and Ground Transport Vehicles Option (AGTVO). He has recently embarked on a Ph.D at CyI, working on the development and application of simulations and machine-learning methods for studying complex nanostructured materials.


Visiting PhD students

Eirini Gkolfi

Eirini Gkolfi is a Mathematician. She was awarded her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Patras in Greece. Furthermore, she got her Master's degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the University of Crete during which she investigated star-shaped polystyrene in melts through atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Crete as well as a visiting student at The Cyprus Institute, working on analysing the properties of star-shaped polymers through big data analytic methods and high-performance computing on the atomic scale.


Maria Arnittali

Maria Arnittali received her BSc and MSc degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Crete. During her BSc thesis, she was working on Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of peptides with graphene in aqueous solution. Then, during her MSc thesis, she focused on studying proteins via MD simulations. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Crete in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a visiting PhD student at The Cyprus Institute, where she continues studying biomolecules through MD and Metadynamics simulations.  


PhD students through competitive funding

Prof. Harmandaris and Assist. Prof. Nikos Savva will supervise a number of other students in the immediate future, supported with competitive funding that they have secured, namely:

  • AQTIVATE: 1 PhD student
  • ENGAGE: three PhD students
  • MELOMANES: 1 PhD student
  • CODETHREE: 1 PhD student