Professor/Chair of Physics

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About University

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and The Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University of Science and Technology endeavors to be a leader among research intensive universities of the 21st century, while catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy.

Brief Description   

College of Arts and Sciences

The College is distinguishing itself as a major contributor towards economic diversification within Abu Dhabi and the region, particularly through its close alignment with growing regional industries in key themes such as Energy, Aerospace, Healthcare, Transportation and Telecommunications.

The College of Arts and Sciences is a vibrant community of academic scholars, students and staff who are dedicated to science education and innovation for the ultimate benefit of society. To serve this purpose, the College empowers students with a great sense of purposeful academic curiosity and appreciation of the social and environmental context within a rapidly changing world.

About the Department

The Department of Physics is currently an academic unit within the College of Science comprising some 16 academics. The department is responsible for providing teaching in physics to students majoring in engineering disciplines. The department is currently planning a new B.Sc. in Physics as well as new graduate programs.

Detailed information can be found at:

Detailed Description

Job Description

Particular emphasis will be placed on candidates with a background in one or more of the following research areas: Experimental and Theoretical Condensed and Soft Matter Physics, Biophysics, Elementary Particle and Nuclear Physics and Quantum Computing

The Chair of Physics is responsible for the leadership of advancing the teaching, research and service activities of the departmental faculty and for managing the departmental needs, including resources, budget and personnel.

Main responsibilities of the position include:

  • Faculty recruitment, development and retention
  • Curriculum development and review
  • Leading development of a new BSc in Physics to accreditation
  • Facilities development, maintenance and updating
  • Leading the development evaluation of faculty research.

The Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and is the primary liaison between department and college. Additionally, the Chair will be an advocate for the department and will ensure that the interests of the department continue to be presented and understood at all levels of the University.

Job Requirements

Candidates for the position of Chair of Physics must have a full range of qualifications, experience, and abilities to offer the leadership and fulfil the tasks described above, including:

  • Doctoral degree in Physics or a related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 12 years teaching and postgraduate research experience (at least 5 of which should be at the level of Professor).
  • Minimum of 5 years scholarly activity and research and a record of leadership showing interpersonal skills and organisation ability, strong research background and funding records with recognised professional accomplishments in the relevant field, and a commitment to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels are required.

How To Apply

Applicants should submit an online application at

This position will have a join date of August 2018. All applicants should submit an online application via the portal.  A complete application includes curriculum vitae, teaching and research statement, cover letter, photo and the names and contact information of three references. 

Please submit your application before the deadline of July 31, 2018.