We invite qualified candidates to apply for a PhD position in the Biological & Environmental Science & Engineering Division. Active projects are listed below.

Novel Micro-optical structures on optical fiber tip with two-photon lithography

Professor Carlo Liberale

Optical fibers are nowadays an ubiquitous core element of telecommunication systems, new laser technologies and biomedical devices. Manufacturing techniques for optical fibers have been developed and refined in order create manifold geometries and optical properties (e.g. Dual clad fibers, fiber bundles, Photonic Crystal Fibers, to name a few). Yet the capability to fabricate complex miniaturized structures integrated with optical fibers to realize important optical functions (like beam shaping, beam deflection, fiber optical tweezers, etc.) has been demonstrated only very recently. The project will focus on the fabrication of optical wave-guiding structures on the tip of optical fibers exploiting to flexibility, resolution and 3D fabrication capability of Laser Direct Writing based on Two-Photon Lithography (TPL)​​​


Priority will be given to applicants with a master degree in Electrical Engineering, Optics/Optical Engineering, Physics or a related field.


Applications should include: a CV; a cover letter that summarizes the research experience and areas of interests of the applicant; contact information of at least 2 professional references.  To Apply for the PhD postion, please email to and fill out an online application using the "Apply Here" button below.

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Professor Carlo Liberale

An innovative high-speed broadband Stimulated Raman Scattering system will be designed and  implemented in our laboratory, in the framework of a recently awarded grant, in collaboration with the  Politecnico di Milano (Italy). We are looking for ambitious and self-motivated candidates to work on the set up and application of the Stimulated Raman Scattering system, in a collaborative and interdisciplinary project involving radiation-matter interaction, nonlinear optics, ultrashort laser pulses, detectors, electronic instrumentation and finally investigation of lipid dysregulation in cancer.


Priority will be given for applicants with a master degree in Electrical Engineering, Optics/Optical Engineering, Physics or a related field .


Applications should include: a CV; a cover letter that summarizes the research experience and areas of interests of the applicant; contact information of at least 2 professional references.  To Apply for the PhD postion, please email to and fill out an online application using the "Apply Here" button below.

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Professor Antonio Adamo

The Laboratory of Stem Cells and Diseases (STEMD-Lab) is seeking a highly motivated candidate to develop a project based on the use of human embryonic stem cells (hES) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to derive glucose sensitive differentiated cell types (i.e. beta-cells, hepatocytes and adipocytes). The proposed project is aimed at studying the epigenetic and transcriptional role played by key transcription factors and epigenetic modifiers in the regulation of glucose homeostasis in physiological and pathological conditions as well as upon exposure to extreme environmental stimuli.


Priority will be given to students with good communication skills, strong self-motivation, ability to work in a team, and desire to carry out research in an interdisciplinary and international environment .  A strong background in cellular and molecular biology and excellent academic qualifications are mandatory.


Applications including a CV, a one page statement on your motivation, past research experience and contact for two academic references should be sent to:

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​Professor Magdy Mahfouz

Bacterial and archaeal species are rich with proteins used for DNA processing or host defense. We aim to engineer some of these proteins and test their ability to generate double strand breaks in a programmed and site-specific fashion. These catalytic activity assays will be conducted in vitro and in vivo in bacterial, mammalian, and plant cells. We look for candidates with broad expertise in molecular biology techniques preferably in protein purification and in vitro activity assays. Ample opportunities exist for training in molecular biology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genetics, and plant molecular biology. Ambitious and self-motivated candidates are encouraged to apply.


Priority will be given to candidates with BS and or MS in biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and plant molecular biology.


Please send your CV, summary of research interests and technical portfolio in molecular biology, three references to Magdy Mahfouz

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Professor Simon Krattinger

The identification of agriculturally important genes in wheat had long been limited by its large genome, which is five times larger than the human genome. However, recent progress in wheat genomics, including the development of several rapid gene isolation strategies, will allow us to isolate and study the effect of genes much more rapidly in the future. In addition, the advancements in wheat genomics allow us nowadays to capture the sequence information of many different wheat cultivars and wild wheat relatives, which makes comparative analyses and genome-wide association studies feasible. The role of this PhD position is to incorporate these genomic advancements, as well as to develop novel approaches for gene identification and isolation. In particular, this position will focus on the cloning of several broad-spectrum stripe rust resistance genes in wheat.

We are seeking an outstanding young scientist who has recently been awarded a MSc degree or equivalent in genetics, molecular biology, plant biology, agronomy or equivalent. Applicants must have a strong and demonstrated background in molecular plant genetics, including topics such as map-based cloning, genome-wide association studies, or high-throughput phenotyping (preferably disease resistance). Experience in cereal research is preferable.

For questions relating to the position, kindly contact Prof. Simon Krattinger, Please send your application as single PDF-File by e-mail. Applications should include: full CV and publication list, a statement of research interests not exceeding one page, and three academic references. Applications are accepted from December 2018 until the position is filled. Position start date is April 1st 2019.


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Professor Manuel Aranda

We are currently seeking a highly motivated candidate with strong bioinformatics background to pursue Ph.D. Our group applies functional and comparative genomics techniques to investigate the molecular basis of symbiosis and adaptation in corals and related cnidarian model organisms.  The respective projects are focused on NGS data analysis and include RNAseq, genome and transcriptome assembly as well as bisulfite and ChIP-Seq data.

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) []. Strong computational skills in the areas of Perl or Python programing as well as the proficient use of open source software for data processing and analysis of NGS data are required.



  • Handle and analyze NGS data (Illumina, PacBio)
  • Develop, assess, and adapt new technologies, protocols, and software
  • Write proposals and manuscripts for publication
  • Attend international conferences and events


  • Masters or Undergraduate degree with emphasis in bioinformatics AND molecular biology OR genetics
  • Must have bioinformatics skills and strong understanding of basic biology, genomics, high-content data analysis, and genome databases
  • Experience in programming, databases and Unix/Linux (Python or Perl, R,)
  • Experience with bioinformatics software such as assemblers, mappers, and general tools
  • Basic statistics and Next-gen sequencing pipeline experience


KAUST is a dynamic new university campus and campus community in Saudi Arabia that opened in September 2009. The campus is located directly at the Red Sea, near Jeddah. More information is available at



The position includes a highly competitive stipend, accommodation, annual leave, and health insurance.


To apply:

Please send cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 2 references to, Applications that do not fulfill requirements outlined above will not be considered.



Open till filled

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