As part of a major new initiative in strengthening research on human and animal health, the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division in KAUST is seeking to expand research and innovations in the field of Developmental Biology, in particular in the area of mRNA biology. Applications for faculty positions at the rank of Full Professor are invited from highly competitive candidates, willing to pursue innovative, fundamental-question and cutting-edge technology-driven research to advance the field of Developmental Biology. Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Biological Science or related fields, a strong publication track record in the top-tier venues of their respective areas, as well as a strong commitment to service, mentoring and teaching at the graduate level. Particular consideration will be given to individuals with world-class publication track record with specific expertise in any of the following areas: posttranscriptional regulations in iPSC cells and neurodegenerative diseases, posttranscriptional regulators on physiological and pathological processes such as muscle regeneration, apoptosis, adaptation to stress, and mRNA vaccine technology.
An emphasis will be put on expertise studying the events and factors which determine mRNA fate and processing and their impact on an organism's health, disease onset and aging. Interest in implementing mRNA technologies at KAUST for vaccine production and other applications in collaboration with the Biotechnology industry is desirable. Interest in using KAUST OMICs and Artificial Intelligence capabilities to uncover how mRNA molecules are regulated in various tissues under physiological and pathological conditions will also be considered.
This position is part of a strategic expansion of KAUST in a number of areas including Developmental Biology under the new strategic KAUST Smart Health Initiative. Through the integration of basic scientists, clinical investigators, and innovative technologies, the KAUST Smart Health Initiative aims at creating the ecosystem required to foster highly collaborative “bench to bedside” research and capacity building programs with the greatest potential to transform the practice of healthcare, improve human health, and drive both our fundamental understanding of disease mechanisms and precision medicine in the Kingdom.
The KAUST Bioscience program offers a unique combination of an intellectually stimulating environment and access to world-class laboratories, instrumentation, and generous funding schemes. These facilities include state-of-the-art core laboratories in Genomics, Proteomics, Imaging & Characterization, Extreme Computing and Informatics, and an animal resource lab. The positions come with an internationally competitive salary, benefits, and start-up packages.
Please enclose a cover letter; a copy of full curriculum vitae with complete list of publications; a research statement; a teaching statement; and a list of at least 4 academic referees.
KAUST (https://www.kaust.edu.sa/en), located on the shores of the Red Sea in Thuwal (80km north of Jeddah) in Saudi Arabia, is an international graduate-level research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through bold and collaborative research and to addressing challenges of regional and global significance. For more information about KAUST please go to www.kaust.edu.sa. More information available at the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE) (https://bese.kaust.edu.sa/).
The positions will remain open until filled.
Please upload the following documents:
• Up-to-date CV which includes a full publication list
• A research plan
• A statement of teaching interests
• A list of the names/affiliation and contact details of at least four potential referees who have positions in academic or industrial research laboratories of a rank higher or equivalent to that of the candidate
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