Post Doctoral Fellow

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
22 May 2023
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

About Khalifa University

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 investigating the anti-cancer effects of hemorphins. The project aims to demonstrate the anti-proliferative and anti-metastatic properties of hemorphins using various cancer cell lines and a variety of in vitro assays. Moreover, the successful candidate will be dissecting the molecular mechanisms as well as the key cell surface receptor and their signaling pathways involved in such anti-cancer effects. A strong experience in cell surface receptor pharmacology and signaling is a must. In addition, the Post-doctoral Fellow will contribute to the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students working on different parts and tasks related to the proposed research project.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Akli Ayoub in the Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences at KU. The expected effective date is 01 September 2023.

Position Requirements

  • Applicant must have a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and closely related disciplines.
  • Strong background in cell and molecular biology at both theoretical and practical/experimental levels. Indeed, the candidate must be familiar with the following techniques and approaches: cell culture and transfection, cell fractionation, protein extraction, separation, and quantification, SDS-PAGE and western blot. In addition, a solid basis in luminescence and fluorescence and their applied techniques such as BRET (Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer) is highly required.
  • Experience in receptor pharmacology and signaling.
  • 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 such as lab management, student supervision, and other service tasks in the department.


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • PhD from a reputable university in cell and molecular biology or related discipline.
  • 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
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience as a Post-doctoral 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: Abu Dhabi UAE
Job: Post Doctoral Fellow
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time
Job Level: Day Job

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