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Head of Chemical and Materials Engineering Department

Nazarbayev University - School of Engineering and Digital Sciences

The School of Engineering and Digital Sciences invites applications for a full-time Head of Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, providing academic leadership in all aspects of its operations, in the academic programs in terms of the bachelor and master program in Chemical and Materials Engineering and in the contribution of the Department to research through the PhD programs of the School. Further resources are expected to be injected in support for both undergraduate teaching and research for the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences. The Head of the CHME Department will be responsible for guiding and overseeing the Department to ascertain excellence in both learning and teaching as well as research within the Department. The Head of Department manages the academic staff and teaching assistants and is the primary responsible person for human resource management. In view of the expansion of the Department and the School, the Head of Department will be involved heavily in capacity building in terms of infrastructure and staff. The Head of Department is a standing member of the School Board and reports to the Dean of the School.

Required qualifications: a PhD degree from a reputed university in Chemical and Materials Engineering or a closely related field. The successful candidate should have significant academic leadership capabilities and possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills. He/she should demonstrate relevant experience in academic program development. The Head of Department is encouraged to participate in research and teaching activities.

The NU campus is located in Nur-Sultan, 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, theatre, music, opera, dancing, museums, modern and traditional bazaar shopping, professional and amateur sports, outdoor recreation, and much more.

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

  • Internationally competitive salary;
  • A startup grant for building the appointee’s research program;
  • Paid Holiday leave of 56 days per annum;
  • Two round trip flights for the appointee and dependants home per annum;
  • International health insurance;
  • Rent-free housing for the appointee and dependants;

 Review of applications begins in September 2019 and continues until positions are filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interested candidates are encouraged to find out more about NUSENG at and departmental information at

 Applications require a cover letter, C.V., teaching statement, research statement, copies of three best papers, a selected list of not more than 20 best publications, and three letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. 

For online submission please go to the link:

Location: Nur-Sultan - Kazakhstan
Salary: An attractive internationally competitive remuneration package
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th July 2019
Expires: 26th September 2019
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