Professor of Computational Physical Chemistry

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Jul 28, 2021
End of advertisement period
Aug 05, 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

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

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


We seek a candidate with expertise in the discovery of novel catalysts and porous materials using deep learning and artificial intelligence. This position emphasizes on the use of simulations and modeling to improve the performance and the understanding of catalysts and sieving material. Established prior experience of working with DFT for different surfaces including porous materials and metal oxides is preferred. 

Faculty in the Chemical Science Program conducts research on a broad range of chemistry topics addressing fundamental questions relating to energy production, water purification, and environmental protection.  

The Chemical Science Program is concerned with chemistry in all its facets including those addressed in KAUST Research Centers, particularly in Catalysis, Membrane, and Solar Energy (

The Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division comprise seven Degree Programs: Material Science and Engineering, Applied Physics, Earth Science and Engineering, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Science, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. These disciplines provide the foundation for our Division's quest to address some of the major challenges that we face in the world today, including those related to energy and the environment. Specifically, our faculty members and their research teams work on photovoltaics, supercapacitors, porous materials, clean combustion, atmospheric modeling, and other topics. 

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


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 a 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.