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Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Mechanical Engineering

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

Location King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia  
Deadline Jan 30, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time  

"Computational Solid Mechanics / AI-based Material Engineering" - 2023-2024


The KAUST Mechanical Engineering (ME) program seeks candidates at all ranks who will develop a world-class competitive research program in Computational Solid Mechanics / AI-based Material Engineering, with a focus on high-performance computing, numerical methods and applied mathematics for solid mechanics. Leveraging AI tools to do machine learning for structural mechanics and material discovery for targeted applications. Expert in very large-scale simulation of material systems and microstructures, optimization of materials by computational design, and develop numerical schemes / multiscale / domain decomposition / topology optimization in the solid mechanics framework.

The ME programs plays a pivotal role in supporting KAUST's new strategic priorities around 'accelerating the impact'. Potential candidates are expected to show not only the ability to develop strong research program but also translating their research to societal impact. Candidates are also encouraged to show alignment with Saudi Arabia's 2030 Vision and the research / innovation themes of the RDIA (Research Development Innovation Authority).

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.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

There is no Equal Employment Opportunity Statement available for Mechanical Engineering Program

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