King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Faculty Position in Structural Biology - Cryo-Electron Microscopy - 2022

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As part of a major initiative in strengthening research in structural biology and advanced imaging, the Bioscience Program in the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division at KAUST is seeking structural biologists with a strong expertise in cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). Applications for faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant, Associate or Full-Professor) are invited from highly competitive candidates with strong technical cryo-EM background, who are eager to pursue impactful research to advance innovative technology and/or fundamental questions in Bio, Marine or Plant science. Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Biological Science or related fields, as well as a strong publication track record in the top-tier venues of their respective areas.

The Bioscience program at KAUST offers a unique combination of an intellectually stimulating environment and access to world-class laboratories, instrumentation, and generous funding schemes. KAUST provides outstanding structural biology research facilities, including a Titan KRIOS G4 [with cold FEG illumination, Ceta D camera, Selectris X and Falcon 4 and phase plate and access to powerful GPU computer clusters], Titan KRIOS G1 [with phase plates, Quantum GIF Gatan filter (model 968), K2 Summit direct detector and access to powerful GPU computer clusters], NMR spectrometers (600, 700, 800 and 950 MHz) and an in-house X-ray source. KAUST facilities also include state-of-the-art core laboratories in Genomics, Proteomics, Imaging & Characterization, Extreme Computing and Informatics, and an animal resource lab. The KAUST’s structure and organization are particularly suitable for out-of-the-box interdisciplinary collaborative research, and offer strong support for translating research into impactful innovations.

The position will remain open until filled.


KAUST is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. KAUST attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students 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, and offers superb research facilities, with guaranteed baseline research funding, infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities and internationally competitive salaries. For more information about KAUST, please visit More information about the BESE Division and the Bioscience Program is available at

To prevent any delays in reviewing your application, you will need to upload the following materials:

  • A cover letter introducing your candidacy and explicitly stating both the position and the rank. The rank must be consistent with the candidate’s experience.
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae including full publication list.
  • Statement of research interests (5 pages maximum).
  • Statement of teaching interests (2 pages maximum) including teaching philosophy and an outline of 1-2 graduate planned graduate teaching course(s).
  • Names and contact information for at least 4 references. Referees should have positions in academic or industrial research laboratories. In the case of Associate and Full Professor applications, the referees should be of a rank higher or equivalent to that of the candidate.
  • Copies of most relevant publications (Maximum of five).

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