Environmental Biotechnology

Sunday, March 2, 2014
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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Location                      KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Function type              Postdoctoral fellow

Scientific fields           Environmental Biotechnology

Salary                         USD $55 – 60 K/year based on experience

Education                    PhD

Job number                  WDRC2014_Oily Wastewater

Employer                     King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)


Job description

A postdoctoral position is available at the Water Desalination and Reuse Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to work on a research project related to the treatment of oily wastewater using aerobic granular sludge process coupled with chemical oxidation processes.   


The candidate should have a Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering or related fields.  The candidate should have a strong experience in operating sequencing batch reactors, in particular aerobic granular sludge reactors.  Experience in the use of general molecular biological tools (e.g. PCR, qPCR, clone library, fingerprinting techniques and FISH) is required.  Successful candidates are expected to assist in mentoring graduate students and in writing grant proposals, reports, and manuscript preparation.  The candidate must possess strong analytical and communication (written and oral English) skills and ability to work in a team.

Conditions of employment

Compensation is highly competitive and will be commensurate with qualification and experience accordance with KAUST policies (USD $55-60K per year).  Free housing (fully furnished) and health benefits will also be provided.  This postdoctoral position is available immediately, will be renewable on an annual basis, and is anticipated for two years.  The position is open until it is filled.  For more information about this position, please contact Professor Pascal E. Saikaly (pascal.saikaly@kaust.edu.sa).  To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV with a complete list of publications, contact information for three references, a statement of past research activities, current interests, and professional goals along with a letter of application to Professor Pascal E. Saikaly (pascal.saikaly@kaust.edu.sa).  Please include the job number (WDRC2014_Oily Wastewater) in the subject of your e-mail.


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