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6 x Open-Rank Faculty Positions in Climate and Livability

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Internationally competitive, health and savings benefits, travel allowances, tax-free salary
Closing date
Dec 17, 2021
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As part of a University-wide strategic focus on climate and livability, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is inviting applications from high-caliber individuals who want to push knowledge boundaries and build world-leading research programs that will bring new insights, solutions and focus to the global climate and livability challenge.

We are looking for trailblazers that will help to build this important initiative and deliver solutions to a region that is at the forefront of multi-sectoral climate driven risks.

In the first of a number of opportunities that will be advertised over the coming 12-24 months, we are inviting applications from leading individuals in the following research areas:

These roles offer the opportunity to explore the cross-sectoral influences of climate change in a multi-disciplinary research environment. Their focus will be to investigate and implement approaches that seek to alter the current trajectory of climate change and navigate the region towards a more sustainable future.


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 international 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.  In the QS World University Rankings, KAUST has been ranked #1 globally (since 2016) in “Citations per Faculty” and almost 10% of faculty members are recognized as Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers (2020).

Application Instructions

Please apply using the Interfolio links associated with each position. 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 contains a list of publications, as well as 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.

Further information about KAUST academic programs, research activities, and community life can be found at

Enquiries related to this position can be addressed to Prof Matthew McCabe, Director of the Climate and Livability Initiative via email to

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