Professor of Geodynamics/Basin Modeling

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Faculty Positions: Physical Science and Engineering Division (faculty): Earth Science and Engineering Program 

Location King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


We seek candidates who develop a competitive research program in computational geodynamics / basin modeling to study the (long-term) evolution of geomaterials and geodynamic processes at lithospheric and crustal scales, with applications to plate and plate-interface deformation, mantle plumes, and the formation & properties of sedimentary basins (e.g. Red Sea rift). The applicant should have a Ph.D. in geology, geophysics, mathematics, computer science, or a closely related field, postdoc experience in geodynamics and/or basin modeling, and a solid publication list.

The faculty of the Earth Science and Engineering (ErSE) program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology provides graduate education and conducts research covering a broad spectrum of geosciences. Research areas include (but are not limited to) applications of modern computational methods (including machine learning) to study geophysical problems associated with atmosphere and ocean circulation, crustal deformation and earthquakes, seismic wave phenomena, oil exploration, reservoir modeling and subsurface phenomena. In addition, ErSE faculty study geological processes related to active volcanism, and the geology of Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea. 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.

PSE division invites applications for faculty position at Assistant and  Associate Professor ranks.

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A relevant Ph.D. degree. Proven track record in managing a research group as well as publishing high-impact papers.

Teaching and service responsibilities

Commitment to high-quality teaching at the graduate level, including generally two courses per academic year. Active service to KAUST on all aspects of academic life. 

Research Responsibilities

The University offers access to multiple sources of research funding to its Principal Investigators. The successful applicant should have an established record of publishing high-impact papers, and is expected to create a thriving research program including engaging in national and international scientific collaborations.

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to complete an online application form using the Interfolio online application system ( To prevent any delays in reviewing your application, you will need to upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter, introducing your candidacy, and explicitly stating both the position and the rank (Assistant, Associate, Full) that the candidate is applying for, is required. The rank must be consistent with the candidate experience.
  • Up-to-date curriculum vita which includes full publication list
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching interests
  • A list of the names/affiliation and contact details of at least six potential referees
  • Copies of most relevant publications (Maximum of five)
  • Two citation reports (Web of Science and Scopus)

PLEASE NOTE: Only complete applications submitted through the online application system will be considered. Applications received by the advertised deadline will receive full consideration. However, positions will remain open until filled.

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