Research Associate in the Center for Interacting Urban Networks, Dr. Kemal Celik

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
07 Sep 2022
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07 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


The Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES), New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit a research associate to work on the design and development of chemical processes to recover novel material from desalination brine, evaluate their performance as sustainable and innovative building materials, and conducting life cycle analysis of the materials under investigation.

The successful applicant will work on four main areas leading to the success of this project:

  1. to design and develop chemical and ion-exchange processes for energy and cost-efficient recovery of materials from desalination waste,
  2. to utilize the materials recovered from desalination waste as innovative building materials with abilities to self-clean, self-sense, and self-heal,
  3. to study the carbonation mechanisms in the construction materials at the nanoscale using in-situ characterization methods, and (iv) to quantify the environmental impact of recovered materials using life cycle analysis and their economic evaluation using life-cycle cost analysis.

The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of PhD-level scientists and graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants must have experience in the use of chemical and ion-exchange processes for recovery of minerals from desalination brine and performance assessment of construction materials. Excellent experimental skills relevant to the project (in particular, synthesis of inorganic materials using chemical methods and their catalytic and sensing applications, conducting life cycle analysis, and in-situ characterization techniques) are favored. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or Engineering. Candidates with outstanding interpersonal and communications skills, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities are preferred.

For consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a full publication list, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference in PDF format. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Kemal Celik at

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately, and candidates will be considered until the position is filled.


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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