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Research Scientist

Employer
KHALIFA UNIVERSITY
Location
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
31 Dec 2025

DESCRIPTION  

KU is seeking an experienced & highly motivated Research Scientist to work on a funded project to investigate and develop quantum-inspired type algorithms, for solving the neutron transport equation (NTE) in view of applications to nuclear reactor simulations. The specific class of quantum-inspired methods on which we will focus on is tensor networks.

The successful Research Scientist will join a collaborative project with Technology Innovation Institute (TII) to develop and implement novel methods and solvers which will be adapted toward the use of full-scale reactor physics applications to nuclear technology relevant to the APR1400.

As part of the project, the researcher will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the Emirates Nuclear Technology Center (www.ku.ac.ae/entc) and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers/graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team.

This is a 3-year project (with possible extension), and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with leading research institutions in the UAE and contribute to the advancement of the nuclear-energy industry through the application of the developed solvers to reactor physics simulations.

Position Requirements

  • PhD from a reputable university in Nuclear Engineering or related discipline
  • Strong background in nuclear reactor physics and its related numerical techniques
  • Strong programming skills in Python
  • Experience with high-performance computing and parallel processing (optional)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Knowledge and experience in quantum computing are a plus
  • Write technical reports and publish research in peer-reviewed journals
  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualification:

  • PhD from a reputable university in Nuclear Engineering or related discipline
  • At least four (4) years post-doctoral research experience and H-Index in SCOPUS/Google Scholar of at least 8
  • Expert-level knowledge project subject area as evidenced by relevant publications and/or patents
  • Strong programming skills in at least one programming language such as Python, (C/C++ optional)
  • Track record of contributing to the writing of successful research grants
  • 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 lead 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
  • Criteria
  • Ph.D. from and/or experience working in a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • High impact first-author publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field
  • Experience leading competitive research grants as principal investigator or named co-investigator in the project team

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (recruitmentteam@ku.ac.ae).

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