Senior Research Scientist

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
27 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


Job Purpose

An exciting opportunity to join the research team at Khalifa University's Center for Biotechnology (BTC) has been established for an upcoming "Postdoctoral Researcher in biology" with leadership aspirations.

The successful candidate will assist in providing high quality research support to assist in the management of an internationally competitive research portfolio in field of biotechnology and biomedical science.  The successful candidate will publish research outcomes in high quality peer-reviewed technical journals, thereby contributing to research mission of the university.

  • Since the experience of a Postdoctoral Researcher is a transitional role towards becoming an independent researcher or faculty member, the successful candidate will try their best to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance their career with guidance from an advisor. These skills include, but will be not limited to, the ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication, the ability to understand research group management and supervision of others, the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda, the ability to organize and teach a class or a course if more inclined towards a teaching career.

The opportunity also calls for the successful candidate to assist in the management of research projects at the BTC and calls for an individual with sound judgement.  

Key Roles & Responsibilities

The Center for Biotechnology at Khalifa University is soliciting applications from suitable candidates to fill the role of Postdoctoral Researcher. The role of the position will see the successful candidate fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Participate in scientific research as a professionally responsible member of the research team.  Specifically, you will contribute to (a) problem exploration by defining and planning the methodological approaches and sequence of steps; (b) execution of experiments or studies, (c) interpretation of findings; (d) documentation and reporting of results and progress; (e) maintenance of research records and (f) compliance to all established policies and procedures.
  • Publish research results in journals that are appropriate to the field in a timely manner and present findings at meetings that are relevant to the research endeavor.
  • Participate in writing grant applications and preparing proposals that pertain to the research effort.
  • Contribute to the overall activities of the research team, as required.
  • Undertake requisite teaching in relation to subject area and mentor graduate students and/or undergraduates under the supervision of the Advisor.
  • Regularly meet with the Advisor to (a) apprise the Advisor of research results; (b) for the development and troubleshooting of methodologies; (c) to provide direction and focus to the research; (d) to air concerns and conflicts; and (d) to express mutual expectations.
  • Perform other similar or related duties as and when assigned by the Advisor.

Operational Responsibilities

As a Postdoctoral Researcher, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Initiate and lead grant funded research projects in biotechnology and biomedical science, with specific emphasis on subjects related to genome science, bioinformatics, and functional biology.
  • Carry out research and produces publications, or other research output, in line with personal objectives agreed in the review process.
  • Engage in scholarly or creative activities in their area of expertise and makes results available for critical peer review.

Supervisory Responsibilities

In both roles, you will be expected to:

  • Contribute to research center and University-wide working groups or committees, as requested.
  • Foster service by contributing to the community at large in a participatory, developmental or advisory capacity.
  • Support and participate in research activities with internal and external partners.


Required Qualifications

PhD (or equivalent) with 5 years of experience and specific skills and knowledge in at least two of the following disciplines: genome science, molecular medicine, genetic epidemiology, biostatistics, or bioinformatics.

Required Experience

To be considered for this role you will demonstrate:         

  • Substantial relevant experience with genome science, tissue culture, with an understanding of biostatistics and bioinformatics.
  • Demonstrable computational skills with emphasis on application of bioinformatic tools to study complex disease.

 Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (
Primary Location: Khalifa University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Job: Senior Research Scientist
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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