Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics, Control & Mechatronics)

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
28 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
30 May 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Faculty Positions: Physical Science and Engineering Division (faculty)

Location King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Deadline May 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The KAUST Mechanical Engineering (ME) program seeks candidates at all ranks who will develop a world-class competitive research program in Robotics, Control & Mechatronics, with expertise in Autonomous and Field Robotics, with an applications emphasis in areas such as energy, marine, transportation and agriculture. Topics include multi-robot systems, self-assembly, swarms, human-robot interactions. The candidates should have strong expertise in areas of control, mechatronics or algorithm development. Experience with applying AI/ML tools to robotics problems will be considered an added bonus.

The ME programs plays a pivotal role in supporting KAUST strategic initiatives: artificial intelligence, climate and livability, circular carbon initiative and smart health. Applications that would strengthen our footprint in one or more of these initiatives will be strongly considered.

The ME program focuses on the following areas: fuels and energy, fluid mechanics, materials and solid mechanics, and dynamics and control.

About the PSE Division and KAUST

The ME program belongs to the Physical Science and Engineering Division that comprises seven Degree Programs: Material Science and Engineering, Applied Physics, Earth Science and Engineering, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Science, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. These disciplines provide the foundation for our Division's quest to address some of the major challenges that we face in the world today, including those related to energy and the environment. Specifically, our faculty members and their research teams work on topics as diverse as: photovoltaics, super capacitors, porous materials for carbon capture and membranes, clean combustion, atmospheric modeling, new polymers and composite for smart materials and structures.

KAUST is an international graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Located in Saudi Arabia, on the western shores of the Red Sea, KAUST offers superb research facilities, generous baseline research funding, and internationally competitive salaries, together with unmatched living conditions for individuals and families. More information about KAUST academic programs and research activities are available at:


A relevant Ph.D. degree. Proven track record in managing a research group as well as publishing high-impact papers.

Teaching and service responsibilities

Commitment to high-quality teaching at the graduate level, including two courses per academic year. Active service to KAUST on all aspects of academic life.

Research Responsibilities

The University offers access to multiple sources of research funding to its Principal Investigators. The successful applicant should have an established record of publishing high-impact papers, and is expected to create a thriving research program including engaging in national and international scientific collaborations.

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to complete an online application form using the Interfolio online application system (  To prevent any delays in reviewing your application, you will need to upload the following materials:

  • a cover letter, introducing your candidacy, and explicitly stating both the position and the rank (Assistant, Associate, Full) that the candidate is applying for, is required. The rank must be consistent with the candidate experience,
  • up-to-date curriculum vita which includes full publication list,
  • statement of research interests,
  • statement of teaching interests,
  • a list of the names/affiliation and contact details of at least six potential referees,
  • copies of most relevant publications (maximum of five),
  • two citation reports (Web of Science and Scopus).

PLEASE NOTE: Only complete applications submitted through the online application system will be considered. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received, and will receive full consideration until the positions are filled.