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The Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites qualified applicants to apply for faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) in the Earth Science and Engineering (ErSE) program.

KAUST is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST offers superb research facilities including core labs, generous assured research funding, and internationally competitive salaries.

The university encourages fundamental and goal-oriented research to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges related to the sustainability of water, food, energy, and the environment.

The science produced in PSE focuses on understanding, modeling and manipulating matter at all scales (nano, meso and macroscopic levels), in all forms (bulk, thin films, divided colloids, fluid flows, the earth as system, etc.) and in interaction with external stimuli (light, heat, fluids, stresses, etc.).

The ErSE program currently has ten full-time faculty members, about 42 postdoctoral fellows and research scientists and more than 64 graduate students. Research areas include: applications of modern computational methods to study geophysical problems associated with the atmosphere and/or ocean circulation, earthquakes, oil exploration, reservoir modeling and subsurface phenomena. These areas are enhanced through close collaboration with some of the best geophysical and meteorological centers in the world, and through KAUST’s advanced central research facilities, including supercomputing and scientific visualization. A research center specifically devoted to Upstream Petroleum Engineering (UPERC) has recently been created.

The ErSE program at KAUST has open faculty positions at Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank in experimental geophysics, in particular in the fields of:
  • Atmospheric chemist - with expertise in observing and/or modeling of atmospheric pollutants and their impact on radiation, air-quality and climate.
  • Atmospheric aerosol scientist - with expertise in observing and/or modeling of aerosol processes in the atmosphere and their impact on radiation, climate, humans, machinery and solar panels.
  • Atmospheric boundary layer scientist - with expertise in observing and/or modeling of atmospheric turbulence, the air-sea interaction, dynamic processes leading to pollutant’s transport, dispersion and deposition.
  • Experimental geophysicist - with expertise in geomechanics, marine geophysics, modeling of wave propagation and/or applications related to geothermal and hydrocarbon resources.
  • Structural geologist - with expertise in continental margins, divergent plate boundaries, rock physics and/or topics relevant to reservoir geology.
Applicants should have a proven track record in establishing a high-impact research program, and should show commitment to high-quality teaching at the graduate level.

Applicants will be required to complete a brief application form. They must also upload a single PDF file including the following:
  • Updated curriculum vitae with a full list of publications
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching interests
  • Contact details of at least four potential referees
  • Two citation reports (Web of Science and Scopus)
  • Copies of your most relevant publications (Maximum of five publications)
Applications received by January 31, 2017 will receive full consideration. Positions will remain open until filled.


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.

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