Environmental Biotechnology

Sunday, August 8, 2021
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King Abddullah University of Science and Technology
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Job description

A postdoc position is available at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to work on a research project related to the application of aerobic granular sludge (AGS) process for wastewater treatment with resource recovery.


The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering, environmental microbiology, or related fields. The candidate is expected to have a strong experience in operating lab- and pilot-scale aerobic granular sludge bioreactors. The candidate is also expected to have a strong experience in enriching for polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs) and understating their ecophysiology. The use of general molecular biological tools (e.g., PCR, qPCR, and FISH) and bioinformatics analysis of meta-omic (metagenomics and metatranscriptomic) data is highly encouraged. Candidates must possess strong analytical and communication (written and oral English) skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment. In addition, the candidate will supervise graduate students, prepare manuscripts, and present results at national and international conferences.

Conditions of employment

Compensation is highly competitive globally. Health insurance, free housing (fully furnished) and yearly round-trip air tickets to the home country of the postdoc and eligible dependents are provided. The position is available immediately, and will be renewable on an annual basis, and is anticipated for two years.  For those who are interested, please send a cover letter describing your research experience and interests, a detailed CV, names and contact details of three referees, and 2 representative peer-reviewed articles directly to Professor Pascal E. Saikaly (pascal.saikaly@kaust.edu.sa).  Please include the job title (Postdoc position on Aerobic Granular Sludge) in the subject of your e-mail. Those who are shortlisted will be contacted for interview.


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), founded in 2009, is an international, graduate research University located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia.  KAUST is dedicated to advancing science and engineering through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation.