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Scientific Computer Engineer

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)


The Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites applications for a Research Engineer at the Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS).

The scientific computing engineer will support the students, post-docs and researchers in the development of their applications and in the use of High Performance Computing Facilities. He or she will also be responsible for the development of a unified and consistent software environment. The computing environment includes linux based workstations, clusters and the Shaheen Supercomputer, a 16-rack IBM Blue Gene/P System. The candidate will mainly be responsible for the transfer of research ideas (usually developed in Matlab) towards large-scale applications. They will need to ensure the transition towards high performance computing and professional solutions.

In order to adequately perform the role relating to the development of applications, the ideal candidate is expected to have the following skills: team work, strong experience in commercial engineering software, strong experience in application development (and associated classical scientific libraries), experience in parallel computing (at least on clusters, and with experience or learning potential for Blue Gene System).
They will also require experience in one or more of the following areas: finite-element simulations, non-linear solid mechanics, mesh less techniques, uncertainty quantification and non-convex optimization, multiscale and domain decomposition strategies.

This is an ideal position with a computational mechanical engineering doctor who has developed exceptional skills in programming and computational mechanics and who is interested in team activities.

The role will involve an initial short-term contract of one to two years. The position will remain open until filled, however the candidate is expected to join the team as soon as as soon as a successful interview has been completed.

In addition to a competitive salary (no tax is paid in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
The successful candidate will enjoy a generous benefit package including medical/dental insurance, on-campus free housing, K-12 schools, paid airfare (at start and end of contract) and outstanding recreational facilities.

Application Requirements
Application requirements are as below:
1. Detailed CV including professional experience, academic training, publications, computational skills and
experiences, architectures, foreign languages.
2. Short statement of previous work including details of experience with technical systems and standards (no more than one A4 page).
3. Three professional reference letters.

Interested applicants should send their complete application packets to:

COHMAS administrator
Ros Harvey

Please copy (cc:) all applications to:

Dr. Gilles Lubineau (

Please use as subject for your email: Application – Scientific Computing Engineer
About KAUST and the COHMAS laboratory

The Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS) is located at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and forms part of the Physical Science and Engineering Division.

COHMAS develops and validates techniques to achieve the better design of composite materials based structures. Our general research activities cover:

• Multiscale damage modeling in composites: micromechanics, mesoscale damage mechanics for structural application, molecular mechanics, homogenization
• Computational strategies for multimodel problems: gluing techniques between models at different scales
• Inverse problems for the identification of material parameters based on full-fields measurements and computed tomography
• Mechanics of multiscale reinforced composites: nanoreinforced materials, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers
• Aging and degradation of composite structures submitted to severe environmental conditions

Every project we undertake seeks to develop an integrated approach to material analysis including advanced experimental characterization, advanced modeling and simulation.

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