Current Vacancies

Spousal and contractor positions (CWF)


  • Project Coordinator

In alignment with the Center for Desert Agriculture’s (CDA) vision to create sustainable plant-based food production systems that will contribute significantly to feeding the Kingdom by 2030, we must engage with local communities across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

The CDA is therefore seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and communicative person that is interested in leading our CDA outreach and community engagement projects. The candidate will be required to work independently with all KAUST stakeholders, especially with The KAUST School (TKS) and KAUST’s office of Social Responsibility to develop project plans and proposals, and to oversee the implementation of our CDA outreach projects.

The CDA’s a first community engagement project is to work with the TKS and Thuwal public school systems to create a “farm to table” sustainable agriculture program based on the “Edible Schoolyard” model, with the aim to educate the Saudi an Expat youth on the importance of healthy and sustainable diets through hands-on educational experiences in the garden, kitchen, and cafeteria that connects children to food, nature, and to each other.

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  • Consultant/Scientist/Botanist for date palm germplasm collection

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking Saudi scientist to contribute to the establishment of a date palm germplasm collection at KAUST. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to visit date palm farms, stations and centers from throughout the KSA to map and collect date palm varieties/samples. The applicant will be the link between the KAUST team and the date palm community in KSA.


Staff positions


  • Agricultural Specialist

The Center for Desert Agriculture in KAUST is seeking a motivated and articulate researcher to lead the design and establishment of a range of controlled-environment and open-field plant growth facilities for research and teaching in plant science, agriculture and agronomy, in line with the CDA’s Strategic Plan. The agricultural specialist will need to work independently with expert consultants to design and build several facilities, and coordinate their operation with other operations within the University, in particular the KAUST Core Labs.

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  • Research Technician

The Mahfouz Laboratory for Genome Engineering & Synthetic Biology is seeking a research technician in synthetic biology and CRISPR- based diagnostics for the point-of-care applications. The highly interactive research group, with strengths in bioengineering, genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry, aims to develop innovative technologies for pathogen diagnostics.

The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and eager to work in cross-disciplinary settings with multiple research groups and talented individuals of different scientific and cultural backgrounds.  

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Faculty Positions

We seek creative and independent scientists with specific interests in Agroecosystems Biology and Engineering . Colleagues are invited to join our faculty at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level.



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