Open Positions

Postdoctoral scholars, PhD students, and technicians in chemistry or materials science

The Yavuz Lab ( at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, is accepting applications for multiple open positions at the ranks of postdoctoral scholars, Ph.D. students, and technicians. Successful candidates will conduct research on the synthesis of nanomaterials for applications in energy and the environment. Submit your CV on for consideration. The positions are available immediately and will be open until filled.

Key qualities we look for:
Demonstrated academic excellence 
Innovative thinking 
Creative writing
Proactive performance
Proven wet lab synthetic skills
Exceptional communication and teamwork 

All hires will be offered a generous package that includes a competitive tax-free salary (e.g., no less than $50k/year for postdocs), free on-campus housing, free health insurance for the entire family and dependents, and free K-12 education at the KAUST international school. Dual appointments are welcome, including non-scientist spouses. 

Immediate openings: We will be hiring a minimum of 2 Postdocs, 1 Ph.D. student and 1 technician for each of the following research themes:

A. Heterogeneous Catalysis: Dry reforming of hydrocarbons. Hydrogenation, oxidation reactions. NOSCE method. Single crystal supports. CO2 conversion.

B. Electrocatalysis: CO2 reduction. Water splitting. Energy storage. 

C. Porous Organic Cages and Polymers: Nitrogen-rich porous materials. COFs. Conversion to porous carbon. Carbon, iodine, ammonia, and other gas capture applications. Membranes. 

D. High-Pressure Methane/Hydrogen Storage: Flexible porous polymers. Vehicular CH4/H2 storage. Ionic liquids. 

E. Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Methodology research. Small molecule synthesis and catalysis. Supramolecular assemblies. H-bonded systems.

F. Inorganic & Hybrid Nanoparticles: Binary, ternary metal oxide nanoparticles. Silicates. Quantum dots, core-shell structures, carbon dots. 

G. Water Capture and Treatment: Zeolites and activated carbons. Quaternary ammonium functionalized porous materials. Ion exchange resins.

H. Micropollutant Removal from Water: Trace micropollutant removal. Fluorinated porous materials. Superhydrophobic materials. 

I. Seawater Mining: Resource recycling from seawater and wastewater. E-waste treatment. Ability to measure and evaluate trace amounts. Adsorbent testing in fixed-bed columns. Custom setup design and construction needed. 

J. 3D Printing: Printing organic and inorganic nanomaterials. Methodology development. Device design and engineering. Proven equipment building experience is required.

Responsibilities and qualifications:
Postdoctoral scholars: Design and synthesis of nanomaterials for the particular theme. Chemical analysis and materials characterization. Communicating results in peer-reviewed journals and international patents and participating in group meetings and international conferences. Mentoring students, preparing manuscripts and assisting in grant proposal writing. Less than 3 years since Ph.D. degree. Exceptions may be given under qualified circumstances. 
Ph.D. students: Thesis work on design and synthesis of nanomaterials with extensive chemical analysis and materials characterization. Communicating results in peer-reviewed journals and international patents and participating in group meetings and international conferences. For candidates with a MS degree, proof of research experience is required. 
Technicians: Routine synthesis and quality check of precursors and materials. Scale up. Field testing. Proven skills in manufacturing/fabrication. No academic publishing is required. Industrial experience preferred. Transfer to startups will be possible.

Application procedure:
The successful candidates should have degree(s) in chemistry, materials science, or related fields. For initial screening, please submit your CV with a detailed list of publications at this link: Due to the high volume of applications, we will only contact the finalists and give further instructions. Positions will be open until filled. For questions, please contact 

About the Yavuz Lab:
Prof. Cafer T. Yavuz moved from KAIST at the end of 2020 and established the lab in KAUST with a core team of 11 scholars. Officially named Oxide and Organic Nanomaterials for Energy and Environment Laboratory (ONE Lab), we focus on nanomaterials design and development for applications that span from gas capture and storage to heterogeneous catalysis, seawater mining to 3D printing.  

About KAUST:
KAUST is the youngest of the world’s top universities, located on the beautiful Red Sea shores with three beaches open year-round. It is one of the most diverse, with over 100 nationalities living and working on campus. KAUST has state-of-the-art equipment, research, and recreational facilities and record-breaking computational resources. It is the world’s leading university in citation per faculty, according to the QS Rankings. Please visit for more information.

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