Research Assistant in the Division of Science, Chemistry, Prof. Ali Trabolsi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
16 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


The Research Laboratory of Professors Ali Trabolsi, and Serdal Kirmizialtin, in the Division of Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), seeks to appoint a talented researcher with an excellent record of academic success for a two-year Research Assistant position. The research will focus on a joint project on the development of Covalent Organic Frameworks (COF) for the effective delivery of biomolecules and drugs. For more information about the research and the groups, please visit and Dr. Kirmizialtin’s Laboratory on

Candidates should have a BS or MS in Chemistry, Chemical engineering, or related field, with experience and interest in the application of computational modelling to organic chemistry and drug delivery. An ideal candidate should have a solid background in organic synthesis and characterization, computational chemistry, particularly in the area of molecular dynamics and materials. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge resources in a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment and collaborate with experimental and computational researchers.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required together with the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team. Experience with organic synthesis, molecular modelling, basic computer programming skills, working knowledge of UNIX and shell scripting is highly desired.

The terms of employment are competitive. Applications will be accepted immediately, on a rolling basis and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter describing their scientific experience and specific interest in this position, a CV with a complete list of publications, a one-page summary of research accomplishments and interests, and at least two letters of recommendation, all in PDF format. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Kindly note it is mandatory for all applicants to apply for this position through interfolio ( only.

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Research Project Title: Covalent Organic Frameworks for Insulin Delivery

Faculty Name & Title: Ali Trabolsi, Professor of Chemistry and Serdal Kirmiziatlin, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Research Project Description: The proposed research project aims at synthesizing and modelling organic building blocks for the ultimate preparation of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for the application of insulin and drug delivery.

Responsibilities of the position:

  • Synthesis and Characterization of organic building blocks for porous covalent organic frameworks (COF)
  • Computational modelling of COFs and their interactions with biomolecules and drug

Required Documents:

  1. Statement of interest in the position
  2. Transcript of degree(s)
  3. CV
  4. Two letters of recommendation


NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.


BSc or MSc in chemistry, chemical engineering, or relevant area with experience or interest in computational chemistry and organic chemistry

Organic Synthesis and/or Computational modelling skills In addition to the necessary knowledge of science and chemistry, a researcher must be curious about the natural world and the ability to come up and develop new computational methodologies and experiments. He/she will be required to work and collaborate with other scientists within the groups as well as from across disciplines. The ability to work in a team setting successfully and communicate with others is very important. Laboratory research work experience is an asset.

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