Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Synthetic Biology

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
01 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

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 Bioengineering Program in the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) aims at expanding research and higher education in Synthetic Biology, and at harnessing innovations in this field to create a more sustainable economy and address grand challenges. The program is inviting applications for a faculty position (Open Rank: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) in the broad area of Synthetic Biology, including but not restricted to one or more of these research areas:

Chassis or host engineering: research interests involving cell-free systems capable of natural and non-natural reactions, on-demand production of single-cell hosts, and generating biomes or consortia with desired functions.

Biomolecular engineering: research interests involving on-demand design, generation, and evolution of macromolecules for desired functions, including natural and unnatural macromolecules, circuits, and pathway engineering.

Engineering DNA: research interests aiming at developing technologies for large-scale DNA synthesis, assembly, and editing.

Industrial-scale bioproduction: research interests aimed at developing technologies for large-scale biomanufacturing of biomolecules, including therapeutics and diagnostics.

We are seeking competitive, ambitious, and creative candidates with a minimum of 2-3 years of Postdoctoral training in key Synthetic Biology areas. The successful candidates will be highly self-motivated and eager to work across Divisions in multi-disciplinary settings with individuals of different scientific and cultural backgrounds. Candidates are expected to teach and actively participate in developing the recently established Bioengineering Program.

Candidates applying for a position at the Assistant Professor level should show their potential for establishing and leading a high-impact research program and those applying for Associate and Full Professor positions should have a distinguished, track-recorded and internationally recognized research program.

The position 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. KAUST offers a unique combination of an intellectually stimulating environment, internal funding and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and laboratories. 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, with guaranteed baseline research funding, infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities and internationally competitive salaries. For more information about KAUST, please visit  More information about the BESE Division and the Bioengineering Program is available at

Application Instructions

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

  • Cover letter introducing your candidacy, and explicitly stating both the position and the rank. The rank must be consistent with the candidate’s experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae including a full publication list
  • Research Statement (5 pages maximum).
  • Teaching Statement (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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