King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Faculty Positions:
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (faculty)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Oct 3, 2021
As part of a University-wide strategic focus on Climate and Livability, KAUST
is seeking outstanding individuals to deliver impact driven research that will
push the boundaries of what is known about our planet and advance the goals of
this important initiative. Amongst a number of targeted faculty hires, we are
inviting applications from high-caliber candidates to build an innovative
program that will bring new insights, solutions and focus to the area of
terrestrial ecosystem restoration, enhancement and resilience.
The Middle East is home to some of the hottest and driest environments on
Earth, with the impacts of climate change expected to exacerbate the
productivity and livability related challenges of both natural and urban
systems. Strategies to protect, preserve and restore terrestrial ecosystems
are required to arrest and reverse the rapid decline of plant, animal and
microbial biodiversity in these fragile environments.
KAUST is seeking creative and ambitious faculty who can bridge
multidisciplinary fields to address the diversity of climate related issues
impacting the region and to develop real-world solutions that enhance the
capacity of terrestrial systems to respond to present and future stressors.
Potential areas of focus might include, but are not limited to: arid- and
range-lands restoration; terrestrial-coastal interfaces and their
interactions; sustainable land management; soils enhancement and
fortification; decarbonization through nature based solutions; and ecosystem
vulnerability and species distribution assessment.
KAUST is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing
science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and
innovation. KAUST attracts top faculty, scientists, engineers and students
from around the world 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. As a faculty, you will
have access to superb research facilities, guaranteed baseline research
funding, generous infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities
through our innovation and economic development focus, and highly competitive
internationally benchmarked salaries.
KAUST is ranked among the top universities based on research performance and
innovation outputs. According to the 2019 Normalized Nature Index rankings,
KAUST was #18 globally. In Nature Index's most recent Young Universities
Rankings (2019), KAUST was #1 for institutions under 20 years of age and
#6 for those under 50.
Candidates should possess a clear vision for delivering solutions related to
ecosystem restoration, enhancement and resilience, and a desire to see these
realized through demonstration and implementation. Candidates applying for a
position at the Assistant Professor level should illustrate their potential
for high-impact research. Candidates applying for Associate and Full Professor
positions should possess a distinguished track record in research and a strong
commitment to service and teaching at the graduate level.
Applications should include a cover letter, a CV that includes a list of
publications, and a concise statement of research vision and plans (maximum 2
pages) and teaching interests (1 page). The names and contact details of at
least three (and up to five) referees is also requested. While the position
is open rank, there is a preference for junior candidates. Applications will
be evaluated as soon as they are received, with the position remaining open
until it is filled.
The successful candidate will likely have a primary affiliation with the Plant
Sciences program, although there is an expectation for multi-disciplinary
engagement across campus. Further information about KAUST academic programs,
research activities, and community life can be found at www. kaust.edu.sa.
Enquiries related to this position can be addressed to Prof Matthew McCabe,
Director of the Climate and Livability Initiative via email to