Zayed University

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Sustainable Development/Sustainable Systems

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Zayed University’s College of Interdisciplinary Studies invites applications for Sustainable Development/Sustainable Systems faculty within the Sustainability program. There are multiple positions available across both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai campuses. The expected start date is August 2023.

Zayed University has introduced new undergraduate programs in Interdisciplinary Studies that will reshape learning, research, and professional development. Students will learn in an entirely new way, combining the best of several disciplines to prepare them as next-generation leaders in a rapidly changing world. Our programs have been designed to help students step into the world with skills that can be applied to navigate evolving business and enterprise landscapes. As a student-centric program, we focus on learning outcomes, small interactive class sessions, and deep engagement between faculty and students, with feedback given in both directions.

About the Position

The Sustainability program, within the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, invites applications from faculty with a proven academic record in the broad areas of Sustainable Development/Sustainable Systems or closely related fields. Potential candidates are expected to have an established commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates should be anchored in Sustainable Development or in Sustainable Systems and the trade-offs among economic development, social equity, and environmental protection in international or regional contexts. 

The applicant should have a Ph.D. in Economics, Sustainability Studies, or related fields). Faculty with expertise in resource use, socio-economic-ecological systems, resilient communities, circular economy, corporate social responsibility, big data for sustainability, energy and climate economics, techno-economic analysis, sustainable infrastructure, and sustainable supply chains are particularly encouraged to apply.

As a faculty member, you will provide practical hands-on instruction in an engaging learning environment, incorporating innovative teaching methodologies to enhance our student's learning experience and achieve learning outcomes. Having a record of interdisciplinary research outputs will be an added advantage. Preference will be given to such candidates whose research reflects such an approach.

Faculty are expected to teach each semester and be active researchers. Additionally, faculty will be expected to engage in service to the college and institution as requested.

About the Sustainability Program

The Sustainability program explores the science behind the impact of human activities on the environment. Students learn to develop sustainable solutions to important global issues by applying new technologies, business strategies, and social policy in a variety of contexts. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills required to systematically evaluate environmental, economic, and societal disruptions facing the world, and has three concentrations: Sustainable Environments, Sustainable Enterprises, and Sustainable Policies. 


  • Doctorate in a relevant discipline as described above, from an accredited university that is, or can be, equalized by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • Prior experience in undergraduate teaching with evidence of pedagogical excellence
  • Evidence of research output
  • Ability to adopt innovative teaching methodologies and proven commitment to active learning
  • Ability to learn new technology and work in teams in a fast-paced environment

Our monthly total compensation for full-time on-campus faculty includes a competitive base salary, housing allowance, education assistance for dependent children, annual vacation flight ticket, medical insurance for yourself and eligible dependents, end-of-service benefits, and repatriation assistance.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are required to upload the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter (maximum 2 pages).
  • Contact details of 3 references (referees people will be contacted to upload their reference via Interfolio once the candidate passes the initial interview process). Include 1) Name, 2) Position, 3) Organization, 4) Email address.
  • A scanned copy of your highest degree diploma/certificate.
  • Your most recent 2 semesters of student evaluations of your teaching
  • One representative research publication or another writing sample.

Interview & Selection Process

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an initial interview. Positions will remain open until filled. 

About Zayed University

Zayed University is renowned across the region as a trailblazer. Established in 1999 by the late Founder of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the university is a pioneer of female empowerment and leadership. From its very inception, the university has played a leading role in enabling individual growth and is one of a select group of institutions across the Middle East to apply a distinctly liberal arts approach to education. Today, as the needs of the knowledge society evolve, Zayed University is again at the forefront of the region’s development and transformation.

Job details

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Sustainable Development/Sustainable Systems
Zayed University, P.O. Box 144534 Khalifah A City, United Arab Emirates
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