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KAUST seeks to attract high-caliber Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists to support the University's research mission. 
Coming from across the globe, the University's Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists bring new knowledge and innovative techniques to create a collaborative environment in which ideas and initiatives are continuously cultivated.​​

FACULTY OF CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

​curre​nt openings in chemical engineering:

Researcher Openings Chemical Engineering

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Postdoctoral Openings in Chemical Engineering

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​current openings in ch​emical science​:

Researcher Openings Chemical Science

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Postdoctoral Openings in Chemical Science

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​Faculty of​ earth science and engineering​​

Postdoctoral Opening Earth Science and Engineering

  • Postdoc Position in Geologic Research on the Red Sea.


    The successful candidate(s) for this project will investigate some the following topics:

    • Map and interpret stratigraphy and structures throughout the greater Red Sea area using satellite images and digital elevation models, reflection seismic data, and potential fields;
    • Geochronology using radiogenic and stable isotopes and/or biostratigraphy;
    • Determine uplift and exhumation history of the Arabian Shield using stratigraphic markers and thermochronology;
    • Determine variations in volcanism and sedimentation along the rift axis;
    • Interpret and model salt tectonic structures, and the dynamic evolution of rafted reef platforms along the margins; and
    • Mid-ocean ridge structure and geodynamics.

    The successful applicant will be part of the Arabian Plate Geology group (APG)( https://anperc.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/APG.aspx); Prof. Aboud Afifi is the PI of this group. It is affiliated to the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC) at KAUST (https://anperc.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Home.aspx).

    Qualifications:

    Qualified applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Geology. The candidate(s) should have advanced skills in several of the following areas: field mapping, GIS, structural geology, petrology, geodynamics, petrography, SEM/EMPA, LA-ICP-MS, and sample preparation.  Candidates must be comfortable in remote field locations and on offshore research vessels.

    Candidates with strong research and publishing record are preferred.


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Postdoctoral Opening Earth Science and Engineering

  • ​Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Experimental & Numerical Investigation of Primary Expulsion of Hydrocarbons from Carbonate Source Rocks: Fundamental Scaling Relationships

    The successful candidate for this position will join a unique multidisciplinary team with world-class expertise in each of the major areas of the project (see Project Synopsis below), and proven record of being able to integrate the components of this highly interdisciplinary project. The project will be run in collaboration with RWTH Aachen (Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geomechanics) and UT Austin (Physics).

    Project Synopsis: Long horizontal wells with complex, propped hydrofractures have opened mudrock ("shale") systems to oil and gas production. "Shales" are thermally mature source rocks that have expelled part of the generated hydrocarbons (in what is called primary migration), but can produce the remaining oil and gas. Despite its enormous economic importance, the process of partial expulsion of hydrocarbons is poorly understood. It is commonly thought that it involves the generation of natural hydrofractures at multiple scales. These fractures tessellate the mudrock volume and create planes of weakness along which the rock will fail during stimulation. Better understanding of this process and of the corresponding changes in the rock structure is essential to successful shale gas wells in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

    We propose to formulate multiscale and multiphysics models of hydrocarbon generation and primary expulsion from ancient, organic-rich shales.

    First, we will focus on the organic-rich muds deposited from the nearly clay-free interior basins of carbonate platforms that became the source rocks of giant oil and gas reservoirs in the Middle East, and remain rich reservoirs of gas, condensate and oil. Second, we will focus on the geological and physico-chemical processes that led to the generation and expulsion of hydrocarbons from these mudrocks. The new understanding developed in this project will provide invaluable insight into how these mudrocks can be produced today.

    Our models, at the macro- and mesoscale, will be based on outcrop-scale measurements of heterogeneity and structure. At microscale, we will study the relevant phenomena in experiments under in-situ stress, image the hydrocarbons migrating in microfractures, as well as the distribution of remaining organic solids and liquids. Based on these experiments, we will develop different expulsion/sediment microfracturing models. Mudrock layering, lateral continuity, and macro fracturing will be integrated into our multiscale rock fracturing software. This software will be fully parallelized and connected to existing basin modeling programs, with detail and accuracy that exceeds current state-of-the-art.

    The ideal candidate for the postdoc shall have expertise in sediment and rock mechanics, as well as fracture mechanics.  Knowledge of numerical methods and fluency in programming are highly desirable. Applications are sought for a 1-to-2-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 paid vacation, and other generous benefits. 

    The successful applicant will be part of the Energy Geosystems Group; Prof. Tad Patzek is the PI of this group. It is affiliated to the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC) at KAUST. 


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Researcher Openings Earth Science and Engineering

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Postdoctoral Opening Earth Science and Engineering

  • ​Post-Doctoral Fellow Position : Assessment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Potential in Saudi Arabia

    The ongoing accumulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere from various anthropogenic sources is a global concern. Fossil fuels are the primary source of GHG emissions and expected to remain the primary source of energy for years to come. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in subsurface geologic formations is recognized by various institutions (IEA, IPCC, DOE, etc) as an effective solution to mitigate GHG emissions that can be deployed at large scales. CCS may enable the industry to continue operating with reduced environmental footprint.

    The objective of this project is to provide an assessment of CCS potential from stationary sources in Saudi Arabia. The assessment will include estimates of the separation, capture, and transportation costs, potential storage locations and capacity in deep aquifers, depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs, and others. A database for the current CO2 stationary sources with locations, rates and industry sector will be used. The project may also include feasibility studies of CCS using mechanistic modeling and simulation including uncertainty analysis and risk assessment.  

    Qualification: PhD in environmental science, geology, geoscience, reservoir engineering, or a related field. The candidate should be technically broad with experience in CCS evaluation and development, thermodynamics, fluid flow and transport in the subsurface, and familiar climate technology and policy. Applications are sought for a 1-to-2-year postdoctoral fellow position.  The position will include a competitive salary based on the candidates qualifications; other benefits include medical and dental insurance, free furnished housing on the KAUST campus, annual paid vacation, and other generous benefits.  The candidate will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team at KAUST and KAU.

    The successful applicant will become a part of the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC) at KAUST. 

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FACUL​TY OF MATERIAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Researcher Openings Material Science and Engineering

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FACUL​TY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING​​

Postdoctoral Opening - Micro- and Nano-fabrication of Bio-inspired Textures; Wetting Transitions

  • ​We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position in Professor Himanshu Mishra's research group (Interfacial Lab - https://interfaciallab.kaust.edu.sa).

    Various aspects of our research project include:

    1. Micro- and nano-fabrication of (bio-inspired) textures through lithography, 3D printing, and unconventional methods

    2. Time-dependent wetting transitions on rough surfaces; optical properties – iridescence.

    3. Drag reduction: experiments and simulations

    The candidate should have experience in micro- and nano-fabrication techniques, such as photolithography, dry etching, e-beam lithography, Nanoscribe, and III-D printing. Prior experience with characterizing wetting, drag reduction, optical properties, and computational fluid dynamics would be a great advantage. We expect the individual to be curiosity-driven, dedicated, and a team player; meticulous at planning experiments, and possess strong scientific writing skills.

    The position is ideal for a self-motivated creative researcher due to unparalleled infrastructure and possibilities to conduct experiments and explore collaborations within and outside KAUST.

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Postdoctoral Opening - Advanced Materials for Precision Agriculture in Drylands

  • ​We solicit applications for a postdoctoral position in Professor Himanshu Mishra's research Group (Interfacial Lab) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia (https://interfaciallab.kaust.edu.sa).

    Described below are various aspects of our research project:
    1. Development of novel mulches through chemical processing and conducting field trials,
    2. Development of farm machinery for spray coatings,
    3. Biochar: preparation, characterization, and applications
    The candidate should have a PhD in agricultural engineering, plant science, or a related field with prior experience in some of the above-mentioned areas. We expect the individual to be curiosity-driven, dedicated, and a team player; meticulous at planning experiments and hard-working; and possess strong scientific writing skills.

    The position is ideal for a self-motivated, creative researcher due to unparalleled infrastructure and possibilities to conduct experiments and explore collaborations within and outside KAUST.

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Postdoctoral Opening - High Fidelity Simulations and Analysis of Combustion Systems

  • ​The Computational Reacting Flows Laboratory in the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is seeking talented postdoctoral researchers in the area of high fidelity, high performance modeling for advanced combustion systems. Areas of interest include:

    • High fidelity simulation (DNS/LES) of turbulent flames with detailed chemistry
    • High fidelity simulation of internal combustion engines, including spray and combustion
    • Code management and optimization for high performance computing
    • Visualization, data-mining, and machine-learning for massive simulation data
    • Advanced algorithms for large scale combustion simulations (AMR, chemistry reduction, GPU, etc.)
    • Theoretical analysis of combustion and flames

    Qualifications:

    The candidate should have, or expect to have, a PhD degree in a related field with prior research experience stated in the above. The postdoctoral research activities will involve synergistic collaborations with many other outstanding faculty members and researchers at KAUST CCRC, thus further enhancing productivity and visibility of the conducted research work. Further details about the outstanding people and facilities at KAUST CCRC can be found at (https://ccrc.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Home.aspx).

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