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Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Engineering, Structural 3D Printing

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
6 Jan 2024


The Future-Generation of Resilient and Infrastructure Design Technology Hub (Future-GRID TecH) in the Division of Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit an experienced and motivated Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist. The candidate will work under the supervision of Future-GRID TecH director Dr. Mohamed Moustafa to establish a large-scale 3D concrete printing experimental facility and carry out cutting-edge research in the broad area of futuristic printed structures and infrastructure systems and modular construction. This position requires expertise in the following areas:

  • advanced construction and reinforcement materials and methods
  • new generations of advanced concrete materials such as ultra-high performance  concrete (UHPC), printable concrete, non-cementitious or polymer-based concretes, etc.
  • structural and large-scale 3D concrete printing
  • computational mechanics and structural topology optimization
  • experimental methods and laboratory testing at multiple scales methods 

Successful candidates must hold a PhD degree in Civil/Structural Engineering, or related field such as Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, or Material Science. Other required qualifications include: strong communication and presentation skills; a strong track record in writing and publishing peer-reviewed journal publications; and previous or relevant experience in mentoring or supervising undergraduate student research or junior graduate students and scientists.

A formal training, education, or certification in a secondary area (beyond the main PhD discipline) such as additive manufacturing, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc. is a plus. Other preferred qualifications include: expertise in working with large-scale or construction-scale commercial or research 3D concrete printers (gantry type or with robotic arms, 1K or 2K printers, etc.), expertise in programming and coding and GUI development, and expertise in computational modeling and finite element simulation of concrete materials and reinforced concrete structures. 

The candidates will work in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of PhD-level scientists and undergraduate students, conduct high-quality “innovative and independent” experimental, analytical, and computational research, publish research work and results in scientific peer-reviewed journals and conferences, mentor undergraduate students, and participate in writing research grant proposals.

To be considered, all applicants must submit the following documents in PDF format via Interfolio:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae with full publication list
  • statement of research experience, interests and plan (all specifically tied to structural 3D concrete printing)
  • three sample (recent and/or most relevant) journal publications
  • contact details of at least three references

The terms of employment include a highly competitive salary, medical insurance, housing allowance, annual home-leave travel, and educational subsidies for children (if applicable). Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the positions are filled.

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NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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