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FACULTY OPENINGS

The Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division invites applications for faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor). Active searches are listed below; please use the dropdown links to view further information and to navigate to the application page.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, only applications submitted through the online form will be considered. Applications received by the advertised deadline will receive full consideration. However, positions will remain open until filled.​


Faculty position in Tropical Aquaculture

  • ​The Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites qualified applicants to help increase its strength in Marine Aquaculture, with the aim of recruiting an outstanding Faculty at the level of Professor to be also affiliated with the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST.​

    Candidates must have a proven track record of excellence in marine aquaculture and a strong and original research portfolio, able to develop a world-class program on tropical marine aquaculture in the Red Sea. The extension/development of research programs spanning from fundamental research questions to contribute the knowledge required to develop a successful Aquaculture industry tailored to the specificities of the Red Sea, a priority in the food security strategy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aligned with one of the main focus of KAUST. In particular, candidates are expected to add to the Red Sea Research Center aim to “to provide critical scientific knowledge underpinning the role of the Red Sea in supporting the growth of a Blue Economy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. The successful candidate will benefit from a vibrant research environment, with world-class facilities.

    This position will remain open until filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL Research FELLOW & RESEARCH Scientist OPENINGS​

For postdocs and research scientists, KAUST offers an excellent academic and social atmosphere. These researchers enjoy highly competitive salaries and benefits, along with a truly global experience with colleagues from over 100 nationalities. Join us for an adventure!


Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Genome Engineering via CRISPR/Cas Systems

  • ​The Mahfouz laboratory for genome engineering at KAUST has two postdoctoral positions in the area crop bioengineering via CRISPR/Cas systems. The goal of our research is to develop innovative tools for efficient genome engineering for targeted improvement of crop traits.

    These postdoctoral research positions are focused on the following research projects:

    1. Tissue culture-free genome engineering via CRISPR/Cas9 system.
    2. Foreign DNA-free cereal genome engineering.
    3. Targeted insertions and gene stacking via HDR in cereal genomes.

    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Genomics

  • We are currently seeking a highly motivated, independent but team-oriented postdoctoral researcher with a strong bioinformatics/genomics background.

    The successful candidate will join the group of Prof. Manuel Aranda at the Red Sea Research Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Our group applies functional genomics techniques to study the molecular basis of the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis.  Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in bioinformatics or genomics and be highly familiar with the assembly, annotation, and analysis of NGS data with strong focus on the analysis of RNAseq and bisulfite genomic sequencing data.


    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Advanced Materials for Precision Agriculture in Drylands

  • ​We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position in Professor Himanshu Mishra's research Group (Interfacial Lab) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia (https://interfaciallab.kaust.edu.sa).

    Described below are various aspects of our research project:

    1. Development of novel mulches through chemical processing and conducting field trials,
    2. Development of farm machinery for spray coatings,
    3. Biochar: preparation, characterization, and applications

    The candidate should have a PhD in agricultural engineering, plant science, or a related field with prior experience in some of the above-mentioned areas. We expect the individual to be curiosity-driven, dedicated, and a team player; meticulous at planning experiments and hard-working; and possess strong scientific writing skills.

    The position is ideal for a self-motivated, creative researcher due to unparalleled infrastructure and possibilities to conduct experiments and explore collaborations within and outside KAUST.

    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Remote Sensing, UAVs and Precision Agriculture

  • ​The Hydrology, Agriculture and Land Observation (HALO) are seeking to fill a number of post-doctoral positions across a range of exciting research topics. Candidates will need to have experience and training in at least two areas of agro-hydrological modeling, machine learning, high-resolution remote sensing or the application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Applicants will ideally have prior experience in product or process retrieval (hydrological, agricultural or vegetation), the use of advanced remote sensing analysis techniques (i.e. data integration and analytics), as well as a strong background in programming and modeling. We are looking for outstanding multi-disciplinary researchers with interest in any of the following broad topics:

    1. Application of big-data machine learning approaches to remote sensing (e.g. land use classification, process retrieval, object tracking and monitoring, anomaly detection);
    2. Application of high-resolution satellite data for earth and environmental science applications, particularly as relates to retrieving aspects relevant to enhancing food and water security;
    3. Advanced modeling and data-integration approaches for improving crop health, nutrient and water use, or yield estimation in precision agricultural systems;
    4. Plant phenotyping approaches using UAVs, with particular experience integrating hyperspectral, lidar or thermal platforms with ground and lab based assessments.

    These positions present an exciting opportunity to exploit emerging sensors and platforms for advanced earth observation, and to develop new tools and techniques for the analysis and interpretation of vast quantities of data. Evidence of published research in these areas is a prerequisite for application.


    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Investigation of Chemistries ‘On-Water’

  • We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position in Professor Himanshu Mishra's research group (Interfacial Lab - https://interfaciallab.kaust.edu.sa).

    The research project entails:

    1. Investigating mechanisms underlying dramatic accelerations in certain chemical reactions at the oil-water interface,
    2. Characterizing reactions through GCMS, HPLC, NMR, mass spectrometry, etc.
    3. Collaborate with surface spectroscopists and theoreticians towards molecular insights into the experiments

    The candidate should have a PhD in organic/physical/analytical chemistry.  We expect the individual to be curiosity-driven, dedicated, and a team player; meticulous at planning experiments and hard-working; and possess strong scientific writing skills.

    The position is ideal for a self-motivated creative researcher due to unparalleled infrastructure and possibilities to conduct experiments and explore collaborations within and outside KAUST. Our collaborators include Professor Richard Saykally (UC Berkeley).

    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Micro- and Nano-fabrication of Bio-inspired Textures; Wetting Transitions

  • We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position in Professor Himanshu Mishra's research group (Interfacial Lab - https://interfaciallab.kaust.edu.sa).

    Various aspects of our research project include:

    1. Micro- and nano-fabrication of (bio-inspired) textures through lithography, 3D printing, and unconventional methods
    2. Time-dependent wetting transitions on rough surfaces; optical properties – iridescence.
    3. Drag reduction: experiments and simulations

    The candidate should have experience in micro- and nano-fabrication techniques, such as photolithography, dry etching, e-beam lithography, Nanoscribe, and III-D printing. Prior experience with characterizing wetting, drag reduction, optical properties, and computational fluid dynamics would be a great advantage. We expect the individual to be curiosity-driven, dedicated, and a team player; meticulous at planning experiments, and possess strong scientific writing skills.

    The position is ideal for a self-motivated creative researcher due to unparalleled infrastructure and possibilities to conduct experiments and explore collaborations within and outside KAUST.

    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Investigation of Surface Forces between Rigid Surfaces

  • We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position in Professor Himanshu Mishra’s research group (Interfacial Lab - https://interfaciallab.kaust.edu.sa).

    This project lies at the intersection of physics and chemistry, with implications across various fields engineering. We are exploiting surface forces apparatus, atomic force microscopy, and molecular simulations to obtain quantitative insights into surface forces at interfaces of water confined between hydrophobic surfaces. Specifically, we want to understand how the solvent characteristics, such as nuclear quantum effects, hydrogen bonding percolation networks, and specific ion effects influence hydrophobic forces (magnitude and range)?

    We expect the individual to be curiosity-driven, dedicated, and a team player; meticulous at planning experiments and hard-working; and possess strong scientific writing skills.

    The position is ideal for a self-motivated creative researcher due to unparalleled infrastructure and possibilities to conduct experiments and explore collaborations within and outside KAUST.

    Our collaborators include Dr. Steve Donaldson (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris), Professor Tod Pascal (UC San Diego), and Professor Clay Radke (UC Berkeley).

    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Polymerization and Chemical Modification

  • ​A postdoctoral position is immediately available for the synthesis of polymeric materials and functionalization for membranes. The
    targeted applications are separations in organic solvent medium and water purification. A PhD in Chemistry or related field, with
    knowledge of polymerization methods and chemical modification is required, with demonstrated strong record of publications. The
    postdoctoral fellow will join the laboratory of Prof. Suzana Nunes at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

    Please follow the link below for further details and to apply.

    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Structural and Molecular Biology (1)

  • Position focus:

    • Bio-inspired and self-assembly materials, protein aggregation
    • Intrinsically disordered and flexible proteins

    The candidate for the postdoctoral position should be able to carry out interdisciplinary projects to study the structural and dynamic properties of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs) and their complexes. Dr Mariusz Jaremko is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows with extensive experience in the protein biochemistry and biophysical methods used for characterization of proteins and to study protein-protein/peptide interactions. Dr Mariusz Jaremko's interdisciplinary research group is focused on the design and physico-chemical and structural characterization of novel peptide/protein-based bio-inspired materials (hydro-gels, aggregates), inhibitors of protein interactions, aggregation, and liquid-liquid protein phase separation. Depending on their interests and skills, candidates will have an opportunity to expand expertise in various biophysical methods relevant to state-of-the-art Integrated Structural Biology, with a particular emphasis on solution, solid-state NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, and molecular dynamics simulations (MD).

    Requirements:
    • PhD in biochemistry or a related field.
    • Extensive experience in the bacterial expression systems (E.coli) and purification of recombinant proteins.
    • A strong knowledge of biophysical methods and molecular biology techniques.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
    • Effective judgment and problem solving with little or no supervision.
    • A high level of motivation and commitment to academic research.
    • Additional experience in structural biology will be regarded as an advantage.

    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Structural and Molecular Biology (2)

  • Position focus:

    • Large multi-domain proteins, protein-nucleic acid complexes;
    • Protein structure and dynamics determined by cutting-edge NMR techniques.


    The research of the group is focused on atomic-level insight into essential and topical questions of biochemistry and molecular medicine. The candidate for the postdoctoral position should be able to carry out interdisciplinary projects to study the structural and dynamic properties of multi-domain proteins and their complexes. Dr Lukasz Jaremko is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows with extensive experience in the protein biochemistry and biophysical methods that are used for characterization of proteins and to study protein-protein interactions. The key experimental technique used and developed in the lab to tackle challenging macromolecular assemblies is the biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Depending on their interests and skills, a candidate will have the opportunity to expand expertise in various biophysical methods relevant to state-of-the-art Integrated Structural Biology, with a particular emphasis on the solution, solid-state NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, and molecular dynamics simulations.

    Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field
    • Extensive experience in biological NMR
    • Familiarity with the bacterial expression systems (E.coli) and purification of recombinant proteins
    • Knowledge of biophysical methods and molecular biology techniques
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
    • Effective judgment and problem solving with little or no supervision
    • High level of motivation and commitment to academic research
    • Additional experience in structural biology will be regarded as an advantage.


    Apply

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Biomedical Optics

  • ​The overall goal is to support a multi-disciplinary program of research and development of Multi-Modalities Imaging (MMI) technologies in optical microscopy. The proposed interdisciplinary approach favors synergies between life and engineering sciences at KAUST.

    Multimodality imaging: The coherent imaging approach (DHM: Digital Holographic Microscopy) could be combined with fluorescence imaging, which constitutes the backbone of most investigations in biology. In particular: visualization and quantification by fluorescence of molecules through tagging and contrast agents will be related to the signals obtained with DHM (notably changes in the refractive index) to monitor ionic concentrations and transmembrane movements. Tagging or labelling structures, membrane proteins and cytoskeletal proteins are of particular concern. Nonlinear microscopy will further complete and enhance the assortment of imaging modalities, by providing more specific and intrinsic information: Raman spectroscopy, SRS, CARS, SHG, THG. Finally, Multi-modality imaging requires image processing in order to make the different images coincide and provide complementary data. International cooperations are planned.

    Apply

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