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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Faculty Openings in Chemical and Biological Engineering

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is being established in Saudi Arabia as an international graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement that will benefit the region and the world. As an independent and merit-based institution and one of the best endowed universities in the world, KAUST intends to become a major new contributor to the global network of collaborative research. It will enable researchers from around the globe to work together to solve challenging scientific and technological problems. The admission of students, the appointment, promotion and retention of faculty and staff, and all the educational, administrative and other activities of the University shall be conducted on the basis of equality, without regard to race, colour, religion or gender.

KAUST is located on the Red Sea at Thuwal (80 km north of Jeddah). Opening in September 2009, KAUST welcomes exceptional researchers, faculty and students from around the world. To be competitive, KAUST will offer very attractive base salaries and a wide range of benefits. Further information about KAUST can be found at http://www.kaust.edu.sa/.

KAUST invites applications for faculty position at all ranks (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) in Chemical and Biological Engineering including areas such as:

·       Biological Engineering (biomedical engineering; biotechnology and bioprocess engineering)

·       Natural Resource Engineering (energy engineering; environmental engineering)

·       Fluids Engineering (fluid mechanics; molecular modelling and thermodynamics)

·       Particle and Materials Engineering (complex materials; surfaces and interfaces)

·       Process Systems Engineering (methodologies; applications)

·       Reaction and Separation Engineering (reaction engineering and catalyst technology; separation engineering and technology)

High priority will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate’s work rather than the candidate’s sub-area of specialization within Chemical or Biological Engineering. Nevertheless, KAUST is particularly interested in applicants whose research has applications in the fields of water desalination, clean combustion and catalysis. 

An earned Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related science or engineering discipline, evidence of the ability to pursue a program of research, and a strong commitment to graduate teaching are required. Applicants should have at least one year of postdoctoral research experience. A successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the graduate level and to build and lead a team of graduate students in Master’s and PhD research.

Applications, including a curriculum vita, brief statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact details of at least 3 referees, should be sent to the Search Committee by electronic mail to [log in to unmask]. Please note that the Search Committee may also appoint additional referees at its discretion. The review of applications will begin immediately, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible; however, applications will continue to be accepted until December 2009, or until all 10 available positions have been filled.

In 2008 and 2009, as part of an Academic Excellence Alliance agreement between KAUST and Imperial College London, the KAUST faculty search will be conducted by a committee consisting of professors from the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London. This committee will select the top applicants and nominate them for faculty positions at KAUST. However, KAUST will be responsible for actual recruiting decisions, appointment offers, and explanations of employment benefits. The recruited faculty will be employed by KAUST, not by Imperial. Faculty members recruited by KAUST before September 2009 will be hosted in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London as Academic Visitors until KAUST opens in September 2009. At Imperial, these Academic Visitors will conduct research with Imperial staff and may occasionally teach courses.

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Professor Stratos Pistikopoulos, PhD CEng FIChemE
Centre for Process Systems Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineer
Imperial College London

Roderic Hill Building
South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ,UK
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