Professor of Surface Science

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
21 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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


We seek a candidate with a strong background in the fundamental characterization of surfaces and interfaces. The successful applicant is expected to develop state-of-theart ex/in-situ surface and interface analysis methods, and establish strong collaborations with faculty working on various types of devices. Candidates with demonstrated capability to understand interfacial phenomena in materials and devices are encouraged to apply.

The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program tackles grand challenges in sustainability and alternative energy, nanotechnology and nano electronics, biomaterials, materials characterization, and low-power computing. The program aims to support KAUST's solar, membrane, catalysis, combustion, and desalination research centers.

The Physical Science and Engineering Division comprises 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, super capacitors, porous materials, clean combustion, atmospheric modeling and other topics. 

PSE division invites applications for faculty position at all 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 full publication list
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching interests
  • A list of the names/affiliation and contact details of at least four potential referees
  • Copies of most relevant publications (Maximum of five)
  • Two citation reports (Web of Science and Scopus)


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.