Research Scientist

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
09 May 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Jun 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 an experienced & highly motivated Research Scientist to work on to work on a funded project to investigate archeological sites in the UAE using geophysical techniques such as GPR, ERT, MASW, gravity and magnetic.

The project will design, acquire, process and interpret geophysical survey data that can be used to detect buried archaeological objectives in the UAE. The outcomes of the field surveys will serve to validate the results obtained from satellite imagery.

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

Position Requirements

  • Design, acquire, process and interpret geophysical surveys (Electrical Resistivity Tomography, Control-Source Electromagnetic, Ground-Penetrated Radar, Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves, Gravity and Magnetic mapping, Near-surface seismic reflection and refraction) to detect buried archaeological objects.
  • Perform 3D inversions of geophysical data to identify archaeological features.
  • Conduct other research related to applicant’s background.


Essential Criteria

  • PhD from a reputable university in Earth Sciences or related discipline
  • At least four (4) years post-doctoral research experience and H-Index in SCOPUS/Google Scholar of at least 8
  • Expert level knowledge project subject area as evidenced by relevant publications and or patents
  • Track record of contributing to the writing of successful research grants
  • 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 lead 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 from and/or experience working in a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • High impact first-author publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field
  • Experience leading competitive research grants as principal investigator or named co-investigator in the project team

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: Abu Dhabi UAE
Job: Research Scientist
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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