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Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Environmental / Analytical Chemistry


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


As part of a major initiative to strengthen its research in environmental science and engineering, the Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE) Program in the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division at KAUST is seeking to expand research in the field of environmental/analytical chemistry. The EnSE program has established research strength in several areas to address the challenges of the 21st century. We educate and train students to work on many of the world’s most pressing challenges related to sustainability and the environment, focusing on the intersection of water, energy and food nexus, and sustainable processes. The Middle East is experiencing rapid population and economic growth, along with demand for water resources. The water-scarce region is already faced with depleting water resources and tapping into non-conventional water resources, which will be crucial to propel sustainable growth. Recognizing the complexity of non-conventional water resources, we are seeking applications for a faculty position (Open Rank: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) from outstanding candidates who are developing methods to better identify and quantify emerging chemical contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals, personal care products, micro-plastics, Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), and to determine their fate and environmental behaviour, and health and biodiversity impacts. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical chemistry background to study emerging contaminants and their by-products in natural, engineered, or biological samples. The potential hire is expected to develop vigorous research programs that span across the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, and environmental science. 

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field, as well as a strong publication record in the top-tier journals of their respective fields. The successful candidate is expected to establish top-notch research activities that contribute to the EnSE program research mission to promote sustainability in water, energy, food, cities, infrastructure, and the environment.  The candidate is encouraged to establish multi-disciplinary collaborations within the BESE Division and across Divisions and Initiatives at KAUST. Education responsibilities include teaching approximately two courses per academic year at the graduate level and student mentorship and supervision. Successful candidate is also expected to provide professional service at the Program, Division and the University level.

The position will remain open until filled.


KAUST is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. KAUST attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges. Located in Saudi Arabia, on the eastern shores of the Red Sea, KAUST provides an award-winning campus to live, work, study and play, and offers superb research facilities, with guaranteed baseline research funding, infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities and internationally competitive salaries. For more information about KAUST, please visit More information about the BESE Division and the EnSE Program is available at

Application Instructions

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. The rank must be consistent with the candidate’s experience.
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae including full publication list.
  • Statement of research interests (5 pages maximum).
  • Statement of teaching interests (2 pages maximum) including teaching philosophy and an outline of 1-2 graduate planned graduate teaching course(s).
  • Names and contact information for at least 4 references. Referees should have positions in academic or industrial research laboratories. In the case of Associate and Full Professor applications, the referees should be of a rank higher or equivalent to that of the candidate.
  • Copies of most relevant publications (Maximum of five).

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