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
sustainable and climate resilient urban systems.
The Middle East is one of the most urbanized in the world, and climate change
is expected to challenge the operation and function of urban environments. How
urban systems can be designed, developed or enhanced to address projected
climate impacts, while ensuring their resiliency, productivity and livability
in the face of such challenges, is an area of research and application
KAUST is seeking creative and ambitious faculty who can bridge
multidisciplinary fields to address the diversity of climate related issues
impacting urban systems and to develop real-world solutions that enhance the
capacity of cities to respond to present and future stressors. Potential areas
of research focus might include, but are not limited to: the provision of
smart and climate-proof services and utilities; design (and retrofitting) of
responsive and sustainable infrastructure; vulnerability assessment and threat
analysis; urban decarbonization strategies; circular urban economy; management
and valorization of urban waste streams; and lifecycle analysis/techno-
economic assessment of proposed solutions.
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 climate resilient
urban systems and a desire to see this realized through demonstration and
implementation. The KAUST campus and community form a unique ecosystem with
well-defined boundary conditions, presenting a small-scale “living laboratory”
well suited for implementing solutions that can later be transferred to larger
systems. 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 an affiliation with the
Environmental Science and Engineering 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