[Coral-List] Positions available at KFUPM

Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem suwailem at kfupm.edu.sa
Mon Nov 12 06:52:15 EST 2007

Greetings to the list members,


I posted a massage to the list yesterday about available marine scientist positions at KFUPM . The coral-list doesn't allow attachments with massages for protection from potential viruses, and subsequently the massage was posted without the attached file containing information about the available positions.


I am reposting the massage with information about the positions bellow"


Best wishes,




King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Research Institute, Center for Environment and Water, Marine Studies Section, invites applications for a Research Scientist positions.  The successful candidate will join an active research group on environmental assessment and applied oceanography and marine biology research studies in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. 


Our Marine Studies Section needs Research Scientists to work on client funded research projects.  These positions involve research, analysis and technical report writing.  We are looking to add professionals to our staff who offer a strong background in environmental assessment, statistics and modeling.  The successful applicants will be expected to establish a strong externally funded research program and work in the teams conducting already funded research projects.


Applicants with a Ph.D. degree and five years of experience or Master’s degree with ten years of experience will receive preference, but all applications will be considered.  Extensive experience in academic and field research will be an asset as will a proven scientific publishing record.  Good writing and communication skills in English along with solid PC skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access) are needed.  Scientists must be experienced in providing technical analyses, project management support and writing/reviewing technical reports on potential impacts from industrial and municipal activities on the marine environment.  Strong quantitative analytical skills are necessary. 


Four positions are available in the following fields:


1.                   Coral Reef Ecology – Applicant should have knowledge of coral biology, coral reef fisheries management, and monitoring techniques required along with experience with underwater survey techniques and internationally recognized diving certification (NAUI, PADI, etc.).  Knowledge of the principles of coral reef management and computer protocols for database development and applications is required.


2.                   Marine Chemistry / Pollution Chemistry – Applicant should possess a thorough knowledge of broad scientific principles and a good understanding of contemporary marine pollution issues, in particular impacts from industrial activities (preferably in oil development) on the marine environment.  Experience in Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is an advantage.  Hydrocarbon analytical and data interpretation experience is required.


3.                   Oceanographic Modeling – Applicant must possess a through knowledge or technical discipline in marine modeling, particularly hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling.  Must have good programming skills to develop new and upgrade existing modeling software.  Applicant should be able to work with our impact assessment team to determine the extent and nature of impacts from pollution events such as oil spills or dredging and landfilling activities.


4.                   Seagrass Ecology – Applicant should be familiar with the conservation biology of seagrasses, biological diversity of seagrass ecosystems and human impact on seagrasses.  Knowledge of seagrass restoration and resource management will be an asset.  Research emphasis will focus on the impacts of pollution events including oil spills on this valuable marine community.




Abdulaziz M. Al-Suwailem, PhD

Manager, Marine Studies Section

Center for Environment and Water

Research Institute

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

P. O. Box 2017, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

Phone: +966 3 860 1426; Fax: +966 3 860 1205; Mobile: +966 50580 1455

Web Site: http://www.kfupm.edu.sa/ri/cew/Marine.html

Email: suwailem at kfupm.edu.sa


Or if you have specific queries and are located in the USA or Europe:


Dr. John C. McCain

Senior Research Scientist

Center for Environment and Water

Research Institute

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

1323 Samara Drive

Port Angeles, Washington 98363 USA

Phone: 360-417-2902, Mobile: 360-461-5970

Email: cactuspoint at escapees.com


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