Salim Al-Babili

Post-Doc Position

Website King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

A Postdoctoral position in Plant Biochemistry and Metabolism is currently available in the BioActives Lab, in the Center for Desert Agriculture at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We are looking for an excellent candidate with proven experience in enzymatic in vitro and/or in vivo studies, and protein expression in and purification. Experience in HPLC, LC-MS or Metabolic Engineering is a plus.

Required Skills & Attributes
• Strong work ethic and close attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a  research team.
• Proven record of scientific and technical publications.
• Excellent English writing, communication and inter-personal skills.

Required Qualifications: PhD in biochemistry, metabolomics or enzymology.

The position is for one years and can be extended up to five years depending on performance. The positions will remain open until filled.

Our group is working on basic and translational aspects of plant metabolism and hormone research, with focus on strigolactones and apocarotenoid growth regulators, elucidation of metabolic pathways and identifying novel small molecules regulating crop resilience and performance. We are guiding an international consortium funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for combating Striga in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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KAUST is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. KAUST attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges. Located in Saudi Arabia, on the eastern shores of the Red Sea, KAUST provides an award-winning campus to live, work, study and play, and offers superb research facilities, with guaranteed baseline research funding, infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities and internationally competitive salaries. For more information about KAUST, please visit

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