Research Assistant Professor - Molecular Physiology

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Posted
Ref: RP749-725

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Job Description
The Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (KCGEB) was established in 2014 by the United Arab Emirates University and the Ministry of Presidential Affairs aiming to accomplish it as a Center of excellence in genetic engineering of desert plants. The Center is dedicated for the advancement of biotechnology research to develop sustainable desert agro-ecosystem suitable to the arid zones of the world, UAE in particular. The main objective of the research at KCGEB is to develop plants/crops adaptable to the environmental stresses such as drought, temperature, and salinity. The Center uses omics-based research and gene discovery to understand the mechanisms by which important desert plants deal with various stresses, and to exploit the promising candidate genes for the development of stress-tolerant plants/crops. The KCGEB is seeking a Research Assistant Professor in Plant Molecular Physiology to focus on basic research and practical applications of plant molecular Physiology to benefit crop improvement.

Conduct cutting-edge research in plant molecular in line with the main objective of the Center. Accomplish state-of-the-art technologies in molecular Physiology that benefit the improvement of crops-of-interest of the region. Independent planning and accomplishment of molecular Physiology experiments. Designing, management and execution of innovative experiments in laboratory, greenhouse, and field conditions.

Requirements

Minimum Qualification
PhD in Plant molecular Physiology or in related discipline with at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience, and a minimum of 3 first-authored and/or corresponding authored papers in peer-reviewed journals of high repute in the last 5 years.

Preferred Qualification
PhD in Plant molecular Physiology or in related discipline with at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience, and a minimum of 3 first-authored and/or corresponding authored papers in peer-reviewed journals of high repute in the last 5 years.

Expected Skills/Rank/Experience
Strong background in molecular and plant physiology especially in the state-of-the-art RNA-based technologies. Hands on research accomplishment in plant molecular biology on crops leading to the improvement of crops. Outstanding ability to plan and work independently, and also as a team player with excellent interpersonal skills, and capable of contributing to collaborative projects. Outstanding critical thinking, skills, and excellent written and verbal (English) communication skills. Demonstrated experiences in marker-assisted breeding/SNP/GWAS/sequence analysis are highly preferred.

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.