PSE Opportunities

KAUST is in the midst of recruiting outstanding, multinational faculty and staff to to help one of the world's finest teaching and research institutions fulfill its educational and research missions. To be competitive, we are hiring solely on the basis of merit, and will offer an attractive base pay augmented with benefits that compare favorably with the best global private and public institutions.  

The science produced in the Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE) is about understanding, modeling, and manipulating matter at all scales: nano, meso and macroscopic levels; in all forms: bulk, thin films, divided colloids, fluid flows, earth as system etc.; and in interaction with external stimuli: light, heat, fluids, etc; or stresses. The knowledge created serves to design and engineer materials, technologies, and systems that will address issues related to KAUST’s four thrusts: water, food, energy, and the environment. PSE operates five graduate programs corresponding to five core disciplines: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemical Science, Earth Science and Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

Faculty Openings by Program

The Physical Science & Engineering Division invites applications for a number of faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors) beginning in the Fall of 2017. To apply, please click on the link associated with the relevant program.


Applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration and positions will remain open until filled.  
 
Click here to apply for Faculty positions in Material Science and Engineering
 
Click here to apply for Faculty Positions in Mechanical Engineering
 
Click here​ to apply for Faculty positions in Earth Science and Engineering
 
Click here​ to apply for Faculty positions in Chemical and Biological Engineering
 
Click here to apply for Faculty positions in Chemical Science

Postdoctoral and Research Scientist Openings

Postdoc Position in Modern and Ancient Analogues for Carbonate Reservoirs

Vertical and lateral depositional and structural heterogeneities are key elements influencing pore networks and flow properties in carbonate reservoirs.  With increasing pressure to cost-effectively increase recovery in hydrocarbon reservoirs a better resolution is required of analogue data for modeling reservoir and inter-well scale heterogeneities.  This calls for detailed field work of modern carbonates and outcrop analogues from the similar depositional settings as found in the reservoir.  Understanding must be improved on lateral and vertical facies changes as a function of relative sea-level changes and environmental factors such as wind energy, ocean currents, climate, etc.  Comprehensive 3D data sets are required on a similar scale as simulation models of hydrocarbon reservoirs under development (interwell: meter to 100's of meters; reservoir: km to 10's of km).The aim of this project is to improve the understanding of reservoir heterogeneity by

  • Physically investigating in detail 3D facies heterogeneities in Red Sea carbonate platforms and Jurassic sequences outcropping in central Saudi Arabia
  • Mapping and synthesizing fault and fracture systems
  • Utilizing advanced remote sensing, digital outcrop imaging and seismic acquisition techniques
  • Processing data statistically for input in 3D static and dynamic reservoir models

Qualified applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Carbonate Geology. The candidate should be experienced with field work, mapping, coring, acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic data and lab measurements.  He/ She must be comfortable in remote field locations, on boats and in the water (scuba).  Experience with static and dynamic reservoir modelling techniques is a bonus. Candidates with a good publishing record will be given preference.  

Applications are sought for a two-year postdoc position. The position will include a competitive salary based on the candidate's qualifications; benefits include medical and dental insurance, free furnished housing on the KAUST campus, annual travel allowance to visit home country, annual paid vacation, and other generous benefits. 

The successful applicant will be part of the Carbonate Reservoirs Geology group (Caress), affiliated to the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC) at KAUST.

To apply, please send a CV, a letter of interest, and name and contact information of two references to Prof. Volker Vahrenkamp, volker.vahrenkamp@kaust.edu.sa .One Research Scientist and Three Postdoc Positions Open in Ocean Data Assimilation, Forecasting and Visualization at KAUST:



One research scientist and three postdoc positions are open at KAUST as part of a new joint initiative between KAUST, MIT, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory aiming at developing advanced stochastic/ensemble regional and coastal data assimilation, short and seasonal forecasting, transport, and visualization capabilities for the Red Sea. The successful candidates will join an already established multidisciplinary group at KAUST working on ocean and atmospheric modeling, data assimilation and uncertainty quantification led by Professors Ibrahim Hoteit and Omar Knio. Strong interpersonal qualitiesfrom the candidates will be appreciated as he/she will be working in a highly collaborative environment and will be expected to spend a part of their time at the collaborating institutions.

Qualified applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Oceanography, Meteorology, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field. Background and expertise in one or more of these following areas will be considered when selecting the candidates: Ocean Modeling, Coastal Ocean, Data assimilation, Large-Scale Uncertainty quantification, Ocean Forecasting, Seasonal Forecasting, Transport Phenomena, Large-Scale Visualization, and High Performance Computing. Applicants should be able to work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment involving extensive codes developments and real data with a minimal amount of supervision. Experience in using supercomputers under Linux and parallel coding environments is a must. The successful candidates will closely work with the KAUST high performance computing and visualization core labs equipped with a Cray supercomputer (https://www.hpc.kaust.edu.sa) and sophisticated visualization facilities (https://kvl.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Facilities.aspx).

The initial appointment period is for two years with a competitive salary based on the candidate’s qualifications (no income tax paid to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Benefits include medical and dental insurances, moving expenses to KAUST, free furnished housing while at KAUST, free international schools, family annual travel allowance to visit home country and annual payed vacation. To apply, please send curriculum vitae and a letter of interest with the names and contact information of at least two references to ibrahim.hoteit@kaust.edu.sa and omar.knio@kaust.edu.sa.​

Open Postdoc Position in Ensemble History Matching at KAUST:

Applications are sought for a 2-year (renewable) postdoctoral position in reservoir history matching at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as part of a new research project funded by ARAMCO. The project aims at developing, implementing and validating an efficient ensemble framework for history matching Electromagnetic (EM) data. The research will be pursued in close collaboration with ARAMCO scientists and the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC). Tests with real EM data collected by ARAMCO will be conducted. Qualified applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Computational sciences, Reservoir Engineering, or a closely related field. Background and expertise in reservoir modeling, history matching and ensemble Kalman filtering, and good programing skills are required.

Benefits include medical and dental insurances, moving expenses to KAUST, free furnished housing while at KAUST, free international schools, family annual travel allowance to visit home country and annual paid vacation. 

Review of applications will begin as soon as possible and applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. To apply, please send a CV and a letter of interest with the names and contact information of at least two references to Prof. Ibrahim Hoteit: ibrahim.hoteit@kaust.edu.sa.

Staff Openings

Please refer to the KAUST employment page for more information.