Multiple positions are opening for Ph.D. students, Postdocs and Technicians!

19 August, 2021

The Yavuz Lab ( at King Abdullah University of Science and
Technology (KAUST) 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
The first screening will be on September 15, 2021, and positions 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
  • 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. The first review of
applications will be on September 15, 2021. 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 6 scholars, with 5 more on the way. 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