King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Bioinformatics Position (Postdoctoral Fellow) in Desert Agriculture

Simon Krattinger

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and computationally savvy postdoctoral fellow to join the Center for Desert Agriculture at KAUST. The mission of the KAUST Center for Desert Agriculture is to use cutting-edge technology to develop novel types of agro-ecosystems that can produce high-yielding crops with less water, fertilizers, and pesticides, and that can make use of marginal soils and saline water. An important component of the Center activities is the use of AgriGenomics to study wild and semi-domesticated plant species with a high degree of adaptation to a hot, arid and saline environment and to repeat the process of domestication. The postdoctoral fellow will work on the establishment of genomic resources for several wild and semi-domesticated species that serve as potential targets for desert agriculture.



We are seeking an outstanding young scientist who has recently been awarded a PhD degree in bioinformatics, genomics, or similar. Applicants must have a strong and demonstrated background in bioinformatics (genome assembly, genome annotation, and population genomics). Experience in cereal research is preferable.



We offer a friendly, international, dynamic and team-oriented scientific environment at a young university. In particular, this position offers to work at the interface of modern molecular biology, genomics, breeding and conservation of plant genetic resources. We offer a highly competitive salary, free housing and subsidized medical insurance. For more information about living and working at KAUST, please refer to the University website:



For questions relating to the position, kindly contact Prof. Simon Krattinger ( Applications should include: full CV and publication list, a statement of research interests not exceeding one page, and three academic references. Position start date is May 1st 2020.



KAUST is an international graduate-level, merit-based research university dedicated to advancing scientific and technological education and research, acting as a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in the region and the world. Our research strives to enhance the welfare of society with a special focus on four areas of global significance: food, water, energy and the environment. Based near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, KAUST has attracted top-notch faculty and staff from all over the world, with more than 80 nations represented on campus. Expats are very well looked after, with packages including tax-free salary, relocation, accommodation and various additional incentives.

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Bioinformatics Position (Postdoctoral Fellow) in Desert Agriculture