Post Doctoral Fellow

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
14 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


Khalifa University is ranked 181st in the QS World University Rankings 2023, and the top University in the UAE, with a range of research and academic programs designed to address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing our rapidly evolving world.

Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. Our research and academic activities cover a broad range of disciplines in engineering, science and medicine through our three colleges.

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors. The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories “verticals” and “horizontals”  which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Clean and Renewable Energy, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Water and Environment, Healthcare, Aerospace, and Supply Chain and Logistics. Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Robotics, AI and Data Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing as well as Fundamental Sciences.

Position Overview

KU is seeking a highly motivated Post-doctoral Fellow to work on the development of photonic based sensing devices for biomedical applications. The work will mainly focus on the development of wearable structures to be applied in rehabilitation scenarios, and in the development of the necessary ML algorithms to analyze the sensors data, evaluate the physical rehabilitation process and infer on the physical rehabilitation path to be adopted.

As part of the project, the researcher will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the Biomedical Department and HEIC and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers and graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team.

Position Requirements

  • Development of novel sensing photonic based sensing structures to monitor physical parameters, such as torsion, range of mention, temperature and force.
  • Evaluate the sensing structures encapsulation, for wearable configurations (biocompatible, comfortable, resilient and accurate) 
  • Development of cost effective, portable interrogation devices.
  • Develop machine learning algorithms in using features extracted from wearable photonic sensors for reliable evaluation for the physical rehabilitation processes.
  • Validate ML models and evaluate model performance.
  • Submit the Ethics applications for approval from Khalifa University and Clevaland Clinic Ethics Committee.
  • Regularly meets with the Advisor to evaluate the research results, for the development and troubleshooting of techniques, to provide direction and focus to the research;
  • Publishes research results in high impact journals appropriate to the field in a timely manner;
  • Participates in writing grant applications and proposals that pertain to the research;
  • Contributes to the overall activities of the research team as required;
  • Mentors graduate students and/or undergraduates under the supervision of the Advisor;
  • Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager


Essential Criteria

  • PhD from a reputable university in the fields of Electrical/Biomedical/Physics/Computer Engineering or related discipline or experience suitable to the tasks to be implemented.
  • Experience writing scientific or review papers;
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • The proven ability to work on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines.
  • Ability to train and mentor students and support fellow researchers
  • Highly developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • PhD gained from a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • Relevant experience as a researcher in academia or in industry.
  • High impact first-author publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field

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: Post Doctoral Fellow
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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