Faculty Positions in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering


 Faculty Positions in Chemical Engineering

Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University is a new Western style, English-speaking university established in 2011. The University is well-endowed with substantial support from the government and aspire to be a top research University in the region. Faculties enjoy a comfortable cosmopolitan lifestyle with a range of modern restaurants, bars, theatres, museums, and sporting venues.

Nazarbayev University’s School of Engineering invites applications for full-time faculty positions in the Department of Chemical Engineering to begin in August 2018. We are primarily interested in candidates for the following positions:


  1. Assistant Professor in Computational Materials Engineering (REF: CHE CME)
  2. Assistant Professor in Biochemical Engineering (REF: CHE BCE)


We seek candidates with a commitment to excellence in both research and teaching. A PhD or equivalent degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field are required. All applicants are expected to have publications in well-ranked journals/conferences in the areas of their expertise. Experience in industry and/or in pursuing and obtaining research funding is also desirable.

The Department of Chemical Engineering has graduated its first UG class in 2015 and has recently moved into brand new 2000 m2 facilities and state of the art laboratories. The Department offers Bachelor’s, MSc and PhD programs, and attracts some of the best students in Kazakhstan. Areas of research activity include Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage; Environmental Protection, Remediation and Resource Efficiency; Risk Analysis, Aerosol and Climate Sciences; Multiscale Materials Modelling and Processing and Biomedical Engineering. Starting in Fall 2018, the Department plans to adopt an ABET-compliant undergraduate course of study and a new research-intensive two-year MSc Program in Chemical and Materials Engineering.

Initial appointment is on a 3-year renewable contract. Subsequent appointments can be 5-year/3-year, renewable subject to satisfactory performance. An attractive internationally competitive remuneration package will include:

  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • A startup grant for building the appointee’s research program;
  • Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two flights for the appointee and dependents home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Rent-free housing for the appointee and dependents;
  • Assistance for relocation expenses including air fares for the appointee and dependents;
  • Educational allowance for dependent children.


The NU campus is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, in the heart of the new and ultra-modern Left-Bank region of the city. Incoming faculty will enjoy a cosmopolitan living experience, interwoven with traditional cultural influences in food and entertainment. The social life offers a rich and vibrant atmosphere with excellent clubs and restaurants, theater, music, opera, dancing, museums, modern and traditional bazaar shopping, professional and amateur sports, outdoor recreation, and much more.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV together with a statement of teaching and research plans through the online submission form available at https://seng.nu.edu.kz/home/working-here/academic-openings/. Review of applications will begin in March 2018 and will continue until positions are filled. To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by March 10, 2018. Skype interviews for shortlisted candidates will be scheduled during April/May 2018. We regret we will only be able to notify shortlisted candidates. Prospective applicants are encouraged to find more about the School of Engineering at Nazarbayev University at seng.nu.edu.kz. For informal inquiries about Chemical Engineering, please e-mail: Head of Department, Dr. A.D. Papathanasiou, at athanasios.papathanasiou@nu.edu.kz.