King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Postdoc Positions: Physical Science and Engineering Division (postdoc): Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering (Postdoc)


KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Open Date

Nov 24, 2020


The Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC), at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Prof. Volker Vahrenkamp in the field of early marine carbonate diagenesis and geomicrobiology. The postdoctoral fellow will work within the interdisciplinary research project “Geobiological and Environmental Mechanisms Controlling the Formation of Micritized Sediment in Modern Shallow Marine Carbonates (Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Arabian Gulf)” in close collaboration with biologists and geomicrobiologist from KAUST and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The work will involve fieldwork, sampling and lab experiments with recent marine sediments in the Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf. 

The sediment and pore water samples will be analyzed with latest analytical methods, including various micro visualization methods, high precision isotope ratio mass spectrometry for determining isotopic composition of the samples (IRMS), ICP-MS/OES for major and trace element content, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis for determining the bulk mineralogy of the sediment samples. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) combined with back-scatter electron (BSE) and energy dispersive x-ray (EDS) detectors will be used for elemental mapping of sediment samples and microbial mats/films encountered in the sediment.

Research questions are related to microbe/sediment interactions, especially the process of micritization, of shallow marine deposits and will be further designed to the postdoctoral scholar’s interests as related to both modern and ancient systems.

Besides field sampling at the study sites, research will involve laboratory work in collaboration with Prof. Daniele Daffonchio of the KAUST Red Sea Research Center, and Prof. Monicá Sanchez Roman at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Basic/Minimum qualifications (at time of application): PhD in Earth Sciences. Knowledge in modern carbonate geology/environmental sciences and experience in field work will be an advantage.


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