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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Material Science and Engineering


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


The KAUST Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program seeks candidates at the rank of Assistant Professor who will develop a world-class competitive research program in MSE supporting at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Sustainability and Essential Needs
  • Energy and Industrials
  • Economies of the Future

The application must contain detailed elaboration on the relation of the proposed research program to these focus areas.

About the PSE Division and KAUST

The Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division comprises seven Degree Programs: Applied Physics, Earth Science and Engineering, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Science, Chemical Engineering, Material Science and 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:

  • cover letter,
  • up-to-date curriculum vita which includes a full publication list,
  • statement of research interests,
  • statement of teaching interests,
  • list of the names, affiliations, and contact details of at least six potential referees,
  • copies of the most relevant publications (maximum of five),
  • Web of Science and Scopus citation reports.

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.

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