King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Catalytic Reaction Engineering

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The Multiscale Reaction Engineering Group (MuRE), within the KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), is recruiting 2 postdoctoral researchers in chemical engineering with a strong experimental background developing methods in heterogeneous catalytic reaction engineering. We are targeting the development of processes in where the catalytic activity interplay with other effects such as mass or heat transport, hydrodynamics or complex reaction networks.

The postdoctoral researcher would serve the MuRE mission to engineer catalytic reactions using a systematic multiscale approach, in particular developing advanced catalysts and reactors. She or he will be part of a multidisciplinary, international and enthusiastic team of young researchers developing solutions to intensify the production, clean or valorize targeted streams or products.

MuRE is heavily engaged with several research groups with interdisciplinary approaches across KAUST and internationally. Moreover, we have many interactions with industrial partners, who finance a great deal of our activities.

Research responsibilities would include:

  • Setting up and designing experimental apparatus for heterogeneous catalyst testing.
  • Develop analytical methods and workflows to track the evolution of thousands of species and characterize catalysts.
  • Conceptualize reaction schemes to make predictions or correlations.
  • Troubleshooting failing reactors and processes.
  • Provide training and protocols to other researchers, students and technicians in MuRE and KCC.
  • Engage in MuRE research and industrial projects to meet the higher standards of catalytic performance in each catalytic process.

Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, chemistry or related disciplines with solid background in modeling chemical processes and heat transfer.

Expertise is required in the specific area of reaction engineering concepts such as reactor design.


  • Minimum 3 years of relevant working experience and with a good track record of publications in the field.
  • Experience in writing research proposals-manuscripts and supervision of co-workers.
  • A goal-oriented and well-organized personality as well as good communication and English skills.
  • Enthusiasm, a broad range of interest, and the capability to learn rapidly.
  • Ability to work and communicate in an international environment of researchers from academia and industry.


Application should include

  • Up-to-date CV which includes a description of your research experience and interests. 
  • List of publications.
  • Copy of official academic transcripts.
  • A list of names/affiliations and contact details of at least three potential referees.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Catalytic Reaction Engineering
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
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