Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Synthetic Approaches for Resource Recovery

Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Synthetic Approaches for Resource Recovery

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Faculty Positions: Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (faculty)


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


The Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE) Program in the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division at KAUST has established research strength in several areas to address the challenges of the 21st century. We educate and train students to work on the world’s most pressing challenges related to sustainability and the environment, focusing on the intersection of water, energy and food nexus and sustainable processes. To strengthen our environmental science and engineering research, we seek to expand research in the field of sustainability. Applications for faculty positions (Open Rank: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) are invited from outstanding candidates who are developing synthetic approaches, including Systems and Synthetic Biology, towards sustainability in areas related to water, energy, and food.  We particularly seek for candidates focusing on utilizing various waste streams to produce chemicals, fuels, and materials in living systems by integrating systems and synthetic biology approaches with machine learning or developing cutting–edge biotechnologies for nitrogen fixation.

Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in environmental microbiology or a related field and a strong publication record in the top-tier journals of their respective fields. The successful candidate is expected to establish top-notch research activities that contribute to the EnSE program research mission to promote sustainability and is encouraged to establish multi-disciplinary collaborations within the BESE Division and across Divisions and Initiatives at KAUST. Education responsibilities include teaching approximately two courses per academic year at the graduate level and student mentorship and supervision. The successful candidate is also expected to provide professional service at the Program, division, and university levels.

The positions will remain open until filled.


KAUST is an international graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. KAUST attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges. Located in Saudi Arabia, on the eastern shores of the Red Sea, KAUST provides an award-winning campus to live, work, study and play and offers superb research facilities, guaranteed baseline research funding, infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities and internationally competitive salaries. For more information about KAUST, please visit More information about the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE) and the EnSE Program is available at

Application Instructions

To prevent any delays in reviewing your application, you will need to upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter introduces your candidacy and explicitly states the position and rank. The rank must be consistent with the candidate’s experience.
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, including full publication list.
  • Statement of research interests (5 pages maximum).
  • Statement of teaching interests (2 pages maximum), including teaching philosophy and an outline of 1-2 graduate planned graduate teaching course(s).
  • Names and contact information for at least 4 references. Referees should have positions in academic or industrial research laboratories. In the case of Associate and Full Professor applications, the referees should be of a rank higher or equivalent to that of the candidate.
  • Copies of most relevant publications (Maximum of five).


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