Single-Cell Biology for Cellular Reprogramming (postdoc)

Job Location
thuwal 4700
Saudi Arabia
minimum 45 000 USD, no tax


Postdoctoral Fellows and their eligible dependents may be entitled to many benefits including:

  • Free housing (up to a two bedroom town-house; larger housing may be subject to a fee);
  • Medical insurance;
  • Life Insurance;
  • Relocation allowance;
  • Travel allowance;
  • Merit-based stipend increase;
  • Schooling for children at the KAUST schools.

 For details of the benefits that Postdoctoral Fellows are entitled to, please review your offer letter as well as the Policy on Postdoctoral Fellows. 

Job Description

The lab of professor Jesper Tegnér at KAUST has an opening for one postdoctoral fellowship ( to investigate molecular networks governing transitions between different cellular states. This position suits recent PhDs, MD/PhDs, with a career interest in single cell genomics, CRISPR, Stem Cell Biology working in an interdisciplinary team. The position is fully funded including salary and generous project funding.

The Living Systems Laboratory ( offers an excellent interdisciplinary environment where experimentalists work closely with computational experts utilizing state-of-the-art genomic technologies. We ask fundamental questions on how cells operate as molecular machines with special reference to the dynamic gene regulatory networks governing cellular identity and stability of states. The project targets specifically how the regulation and dynamics of these networks change and enable cellular reprogramming. The experimental work will be carried out in close collaboration with team members who are experts in bioinformatics, machine learning, and mathematical modeling. We honestly think that asking deep questions in a team of different mindsets working together is a path towards fundamental understanding as well as enabling biomedical applications. Decoding the architecture and dynamics of cellular networks governing reprogramming of cells may open the gateway to precision engineering of cells and in extension precision medicine.

We are embedded in BESE division (, which extends and supports a multi-disciplinary work environment. Furthermore, through the core laboratories ( we have access to the most recent equipment such as imaging, sequencing, and single-cell genomics. Our workplace is truly international. We have several international collaborations, including Karolinska Institutet (

The ideal candidate combines experience and interest in single cell genomics, CRISPR, cell culture, stem cells, method/protocol development, RNA isolation, preparation of samples for omic analyses such as single cell RNAseq, single cell ATACseq, and other data-types. It is a plus if you know or are interested in single cell analysis and computational biology.


You are highly motivated, energetic, determined, well organized, self-motivated, and independent. You have a well-developed ability and the appropriate temperament to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. Here you are open-minded and critical at the same time while ready to speak up. You like to solve scientific problems, and have a strong work ethic, integrity, and professionalism. 

  • Creative and self-motivated personality with interest in fundamental and applied science
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • High-level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team at national and international conferences.
  • A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals
  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or Bioengineering. 
How to Apply

Application should include

  • Single Page Cover letter
  • CV including list of publications
  • Copy of official academic transcripts
  • Names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for three reference persons if not three letters of recommendations are included in the application. Letters in the application are preferred.


Other information
The starting date is flexible. Please indicate approximate starting date.

For further details about the position, please contact Prof. Jesper Tegnér (

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-10-30

About Our Organization

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is being established in Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea coastal area of Thuwal, as an international graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement that will benefit the region and the world. As an independent and merit-based institution and one of the best-endowed universities in the world, KAUST intends to become a major new contributor to the global network of collaborative research. It will enable researchers from around the globe to work together to solve challenging scientific and technological problems. The admission of students, the appointment, promotion and retention of faculty and staff and all the educational, administrative and other activities of the University shall be conducted on the basis of equality, without regard to race, color, religion or gender. The leading position of KAUST with respect to research output in the region and the world was recognized by the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, which ranked the University first globally in the category of Faculty Citations. Further information can be found at

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