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Content Creator

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

The MSFEA Marketing and Communications Hub seeks applications for a content creator to join the team. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and communication skills, a curious mind quick to grasp new concepts and explain them to our audiences, and an eye for problem-framing which enables them to produce content that resonates.

Overview

Reporting to the Communications and Marketing Director, the content creator will
primarily be responsible for writing clever and captivating promotional content related to MSFEA's offerings across all platforms. We're looking for a content creator who is motivated to help take us to the next level. This role will be critical in the quality and effectiveness of all types of pieces shared on the website, social media channels, email newsletters, traditional media, and wherever else our content ends up. In short, we need someone to communicate all the great things happening inside the walls of MSFEA to the outside world.

The ideal candidate will be able to tease out why something matters, and to whom, and help us reach our target audience by delivering both useful and appealing information about MSFEA, and our programs, research, and initiatives.

The content creator will have the opportunity to join a dynamic team and become our primary storyteller.


Key responsibilities

  • Support the Marketing and Communications team in curating and creating content promoting MSFEA and AUB brand awareness.
  • Understand the overall communications strategy of MSFEA.
  • Produce copy to promote MSFEA offerings; writing blog posts, articles, video scripts,
    newsletters, ads, FAQ’s, and short reports about industry-related topics and research
    output; and promoting our content on social media.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including the MSFEA dean’s office, faculty
    members, departments, units, and residential and online programs to accomplish
    the assigned goals.
  • Prepare well-structured drafts using digital publishing platforms.
  • Interview professors, staff, students, and industry professionals and incorporate
    their views in articles, web stories, blog posts.
  • Edit (for style, grammar, and readability) and proofread written pieces before
    publication. Ensure adherence to AUB and MSFEA’s style guidelines and strategy.
  • Conduct keyword research and use SEO guidelines to optimize content.
  • Identify audience needs and recommend new topics.
  • Coordinate with marketing and design teams to illustrate articles.
  • Communicate progress effectively with the Marketing and Communications Director
    and colleagues.
  • Develop a content strategy across all platforms and channels.


Qualifications and skills​

  • Bachelor’s degree in English/Marketing/Media Studies/Journalism or other relevant field, or an equivalent combination of skills, training, and hands-on experience.
  • Proven experience as a multi-platform content creator, copywriter, or similar role
  • Excellent proficiency in English writing, editing, and oral communication is a must
  • Impeccable grammar and proofreading skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Optimization, Email Marketing, and Online Marketing.
  • Experience with digital publishing and generating traffic and leads for new business.
  • Experience with Content Management Systems (e.g., WordPress, SharePoint) is a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to fact-check content pieces.
  • Excellent time-management skills, with an unfailing ability to meet deadlines, work in a fast-paced environment, and coordinate with multiple teams, departments, and divisions.
  • Positive, “team player” attitude who likes to get things done and is always happy to take on a variety of new challenges.
  • A solid understanding of how to make shareable content for a variety of media and platforms. Knowledge of digital video and social media platforms, including YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Strong background in conceptual thinking with an ability to think creatively and translate ideas into digital content pieces.


Application procedure

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter explaining why they want to join our team and why they are a suitable candidate, along with samples of work, and a CV, to msfeacomm@aub.edu.lb by March 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Postdoctoral Researcher – Control and Optimization Lab (CoOL)

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

Overview

The Control and Optimization Lab (CoOL) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) invites applications to a 2 years' postdoc co-funded by the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) and the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences (CAMS) at AUB. The CAMS-MSFEA postdoctoral position is for 24 months with an immediate start date, with the possibility of extension to a third year contingent on satisfactory performance.  The position deals with the analysis, design, and model reduction of networked dynamical systems. Interested applicants are encouraged to go through the research profile of Dr. Dany Abou Jaoude prior to applying.

Successful applicants must hold a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field, from a reputable and accredited international university, with a specialization in dynamics and control systems. The position targets international applicants, namely, applicants who have never studied or worked in Lebanon before.

The selected postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to engage in proposal writing activities as well as mentoring and supervision of PhD and masters' students. The postdoctoral fellow will extensively engage with CAMS stakeholders and is expected to contribute actively to life at CAMS: activities, seminars, etc.


Qualifications and skills​

  • Have an established track record in writing and publishing scientific papers in leading control conferences and journal venues
  • Have completed extensive graduate level coursework in the fields of dynamics, control, and optimization
  • Be fluent in MATLAB and its control and optimization toolboxes
  • Research in the areas of networked dynamical systems, model reduction, and robust control
  • Advanced level coursework in nonlinear systems theory, convex optimization, and robust and optimal control


Application procedure

To apply, interested candidates must send an email to Prof. Dany Abou Jaoude at da107@aub.edu.lb with subject title: MSFEA-CAMS-postdoc-application. The application should contain:

  • An updated CV
  • A list of references (or letters of recommendation if available)
  • A research statement
  • A cover letter (interest paragraph)
  • Academic transcripts from the various attended universities
  • A copy of attained degrees


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Graphic Designer – MSFEA Communications

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

Overview

We are seeking a creative Graphic Designer to join our team and support the implementation of MSFEA’s communications strategy. As a Graphic Designer, you will be responsible for conceptualizing and creating visuals for events and webinars, designing publications (such as brochures, proposals, factsheets, etc) working on videos, designing digital marketing kits (developing engaging editorial content and visuals for social media posts), maintaining the website visuals, as well as spatial and experiential graphics.

You will work collaboratively with other members of the team to promote the Faculty's world-class programs and overall mission, highlighting student and faculty achievement, events, and groundbreaking research.


Qualifications and Skills​

  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design or a related design discipline (Communication Design, Marketing, Architecture, UX/UI design, etc.) or equivalent experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to translate ideas and concepts into solid design processes that lead to creative and effective design solutions in line with briefs, project specificities, and limitations.
  • Ability to understand and take into consideration the contexts and audiences for which communication is intended.
  • Strong skills in refining, editing, and finalizing visuals based on decisions taken by the team.
  • Ability to prepare final artwork for design work intended for publication, whether in print or digital (newspaper articles, books, spatial graphics, websites, LCD screens, digital social campaigns, etc.).
  • High degree of organization skills, and readiness to lead and follow up on various tasks.
  • Ability to engage in discussions and brainstorming sessions within the team and across the Faculty.
  • Strong self-motivation, drive, and willingness to propose different outlooks and visual directions.
  • Knowledge of web publishing software (SharePoint, WordPress) is a plus.
  • Experience in digital marketing and social media is a plus.
  • Experience in video editing is a plus.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcome talented and passionate individuals who are committed to promoting the Faculty's mission through impactful and creative design work.


Contact

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter explaining why they are suitable for the role, along with a CV and sample work to msfeacomm@aub.edu.lb. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


PhD in the Biomimetics Engineering Lab (BEL) - Biomedical Engineering Program

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

Overview

The Biomimetics Engineering Lab is seeking highly motivated candidates for PhD degrees in the areas of Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and Drug Delivery. If you want to join a dynamic team of passionate researchers and find the topics investigated by the Biomimetics Engineering Laboratory attractive to you, contact Dr. Rami Mhanna.


Qualifications

MS in Physics, Biophysics, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or other relevant fields.  Candidates should have an interest in biology and experience in one or more of the following areas: cell culture techniques and cell assessment tools, lab-on-a-chip, atomic force microscopy, biomaterials, nano/micro fabrication.

Main Duties

  • Work on a single cell manipulation device  
  • Write scientific documents including research papers, reports and patents
  • Assist in management of the lab equipment
  • Collaborate with lab members and other AUB researchers
  • Participate in lab meetings and communicate results on a monthly basis with lab members


Skills

  • Academic writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a team with interdisciplinary interests


Eligibility

  • The applicant never studied or worked in Lebanon, and
  • Hold a PhD from an internationally recognized university


Duration

Up to 5 years 


Application procedure

Candidates are requested to send their CV and academic transcripts to Dr. Rami Mhanna at rm136@aub.edu.lb

Postdoc in the Biomimetics Engineering Lab (BEL) - Biomedical Engineering Program 

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

Qualifications

PhD in Physics, Biophysics, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or other relevant fields.  Candidates should have an interest in biology and experience in one or more of the following areas: cell culture techniques and cell assessment tools, lab-on-a-chip, atomic force microscopy, biomaterials, nano/micro fabrication. Candidates for the Postdoc position must have cell culture experience and demonstrated writing skills (a minimum of 1 first author publication.


Main duties

  • Create lab-on-chip devices
  • Characterize and analyze the developed devices
  • Work on a single cell manipulation device  
  • Write scientific documents including research papers, reports and patents
  • Assist in management of the lab equipment
  • Collaborate with lab members and other AUB researchers
  • Participate in lab meetings and communicate results on a monthly basis with lab members
  • In addition to the above, candidates for the post doc position will be required to supervise PhD and MSc students
  • Write proposals for grants
  • Identify collaborations within and outside AUB


Skills

  • Micro fabrication
  • Academic writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a team with interdisciplinary interests


Eligibility

  • The applicant never studied or worked in Lebanon, and
  • Hold a PhD from an internationally recognized university
  • A background in Physics, Biology or Mechanical Engineering


Duration

12 months with possibility for extension
​ 

Application procedure

Candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter in one document to Dr. Rami Mhanna at rm136@aub.edu.lb


​Administrative Assistant & Success Coach

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

Overview

The Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) seeks applications for an Administrative Assistant & Success Coach for the Abdulla Al Ghurair Hub for Digital Teaching and Learning. The Administrative Assistant & Success Coach, under the direction of the Project Manager, will be responsible for assisting in administrative tasks and supporting prospective students in MSFEA’s online programs. The administrative assistant is responsible for (i) following up on assigned administrative tasks (ii) coordinating and assisting in Hub’s events and activities (iii) working closely with the program manager, enrollment coaches, marketing and support team to meet objectives; (iv) providing continuous counseling and academic support to students enrolling in the Hub’s online programs.​

Key responsibilities: 

  • ​Manage administrative responsibilities, ensure smooth operations, and support various activities within the Hub. 
  • Provide counsel, career and academic guidance to students. 


Main duties:

Perform a wide range of administrative duties and student support: 

1. Human Resources:

  • ​Conduct recruitment activities to source and attract qualified candidates for various positions within the Hub.
  • Initiate and maintain the consultancy agreements with instructors and teaching assistants, ensuring compliance with relevant guidelines.
  • Confirm the list of students enrolled in the Hub's online programs with registrar. 
  • Assist in the organization of events for the Hub, coordinating logistics, and ensuring smooth execution. 
  • Perform internal reporting and data entry tasks with meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and arrange meetings, ensuring all necessary arrangements are in place.
  • Foster effective communication within the team and with external stakeholders, ensuring timely follow-up on action items and deliverables.

2. Accounting & Finances:

  • ​Maintain regular follow-up with the Hub's finances. 
  • Analyze pertinent financial reports and make necessary updates based on the findings. 
  • Assist the Project manager in expense and budget reporting, ensuring accuracy and cross checking of data. 
  • ​​Collaborate with HR, procurement and comptroller's office to ensure instructors' and teaching assistants’’ compensations are processed accurately and in a timely manner. ​​
  • Assist the Project manager to cross check the tuition fees of enrolled students with the comptroller's office to match with the Hub’s reports in terms of payment amounts and methods.
  • Place requisition orders for necessary resources and materials required for the Hub's operations. 
3. Student Support:

  • Address students' inquiries and provide support through various channels such as mail and other communication platforms.
  • Resolve pending issues raised by students promptly and efficiently.
  • Advise students on available courses to register based on their interests and program requirements.
  • Coordinate feedback sessions with program instructors and follow up with program coordinators on the outcomes.
  • Collect and analyze online feedback shared by students to identify areas of improvement. 
  • Monitor and track students' academic progress and identify any concerns or issues related to their performance, providing consistent follow-up support as needed.
  • Offer student career support after program completion.
  • Create and design a framework for student satisfaction and student experience as directed by program management.
  • Develop initiatives to enhance the online experience for students, drawing inspiration from the residential experience.
  • Design a dashboard for tracking student satisfaction and experience to improve retention rates.


Skills/ Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, or relevant fields. 3 to 5 years of experience in administrative assistance with a focus on business management, organization and planning. 
  • Skilled in management, organization and problem-solving. 
  • Committed to achieving the Hub’s objectives with a persistent friendly personality.
  • Excellent command of English. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge in Moodle (or other Learning Management System) is a plus. 
  • ​Possesses effective teamwork skills, detail oriented and capable of multitasking​


Application procedure:

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter explaining why they would like to join and a CV to msfeaonline@aub.edu.lb. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.​​

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​​Program Coordinator

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut 

Overview

MSFEA seeks applications for a Program Coordinator, who under the direction of the Academic Programs Manager will be supporting the delivery of a differentiated program to market in line with the faculty's vision and strategy. The program coordinator is the product owner of their respective program. They manage the recruitment cycle from serious applicants to enrollments and beyond (admission, registration, student records, student performance, welcome and feedback sessions) and are the main point of contact for all student support throughout the program.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the program recruitment cycle by working closely with the enrollment coaches, the
    marcoms team, the academic director, and the academic programs manager
  • Manage the program database of all interested leads, applicants, and enrollments as well as
    maintain accurate record keeping in the CRM database
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses of existing programs, identify competitive advantages,
    including competitive analysis and developing profiles of competitors
  • Participate in the planning, development, and execution of program distribution and
    recruitment strategy
  • Monitor marketing campaigns closely for the assigned program, delivering weekly and
    monthly reports, and providing analysis and proposals on optimizing campaign
  • Play the role of student success coach by building a strong relationship with learners through
    close follow up throughout the program duration


Main duties:

  1. Supports the program marketing strategy execution by driving the recruitment process with
    all needed stakeholders
  2. Plays an active role in recruitment to achieve program KPIs through set recruitment and
    enrollment strategies
  3. Works closely with the enrollment coaches to ensure a smooth recruitment process and
    accurate record keeping in the CRM
  4. Performs regular market research studies to identify competition, market trends, and
    opportunities to improve the program delivery and increase enrollments
  5. Builds a strong relationship with learners by ensuring a smooth onboarding journey and
    regular follow up sessions to maintain satisfaction
  6. Identifies opportunities for program improvements based on learner and instructor feedback
  7. Ensures program course schedules for upcoming terms are planned in advance and
    coordinated with instructors, instructional designers, and learners


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in a business or marketing related field.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in marketing/client servicing/business development. An
    understanding of marketing in the higher education context is a plus.
  • Commitment to outstanding levels of customer service, highly responsive and motivated
  • Excellent command of English
  • Excellent knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel, PPT. Knowledge in Moodle (or other Learning
    Management System) is a plus
  • Knowledge of CRM systems is a plus


Application procedure:

Interested applicants should send a brief cover letter explaining why they would like to join and a CV to msfeaonline@aub.edu.lb . Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


​Research assistant – Network Communications and Optimization

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

Research Assistant position is available as part of a research project in the area of wireless networking to design and develop a digital twin model for Industrial Internet of Things networks. Research activities include formulating problems and developing effective solutions to optimize system performance under practical constraints.

​Qualifications and Requirements

  • A graduate degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, Computer Science or a related field
  • Background knowledge in networks and communication systems
  • Competency in mathematical optimization and MATLAB programming
  • Excellent technical writing skills
 

Application Procedure

Interested and qualified candidates are kindly asked to send their CV and a short letter of interest to Prof. Sanaa Sharafeddine at ss30@aub.edu.lb​.


Research Assistant – Machine L​earning and Geomechanics

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
American University of Beirut

The geomechanics group at AUB is looking for a research assistant to work on a research project on material characterization using machine-learning techniques.


Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Sciences or Engineering 
  • Excellent technical writing skills 
  • Experience in data gathering and analysis is required
  • Experience in machine learning is preferred


Main Duties

  • Data acquisition of seismic data linked to hydraulic fracturing and geothermal systems
  • Data acquisition of methane migration linked to oil and gas production
  • Data acquisition of well logging measurements for real time monitoring to ensure safe drilling


Application Procedure

Interested candidates should send their CV and an expression of interest to Dr. Elsa Maalouf at em40@aub.edu.lb.​


​Research Assistant​ – Technological Tools for Biodiversity Conservation in Lebanon 

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA)
​American University of Beirut​


Project Announcement and Description

We are happy to announce multiple research assistant positions under the supervision of Prof. Dany Abou Jaoude (ME) and Prof. Ibrahim Issa (ECE). This is a multi-staged project starting phase 1, during which the goal is to survey and analyze the needs of local stakeholders in Lebanon (e.g., nature reserves, environmental groups, etc.) in terms of biodiversity conservation and restoration, in addition to documenting the associated technological tools being deployed (locally and worldwide) for this purpose.


Project Start

The project start will be immediate, and the initial hiring will be for six months or one year.   


Qualifications & Requirements

Qualified individuals include students at all levels (preferably graduate students or recent graduates) with strong problem-solving skills and excellent communication skills. Applicants must be self-driven and effective at information search and documentation. Successful applicants must exhibit an ability to come up with creative solutions to engineering problems while respecting problem constraints (both technical and nontechnical).

Knowledge of at least one of the following areas is required: Machine Learning and Signal Processing, Robotics, Mechanical Design and Control, or Computer Vision. Knowledge in related advanced courses in the field is a plus. Familiarity with human-centered design is highly beneficial.​

Deadline for applications

Applications for Fall 2023-2024; immediate start; rolling applications until positions are filled.

 
Application Procedure

If you are interested and you have the requ​ired skills, please send your CV and academic transcript to Prof. Dany Abou Jaoude (da107@aub.edu.lb) and Prof. Ibrahim Issa (ii19@aub.edu.lb) along with the following statements:

  • A brief description of your technical skills and experience in research and information gathering. Highlight previous experience in design, robotics, control, computer vision, signal processing, and machine learning as applicable.
  • A brief description of your soft skills in problem solving, communication, interviewing and note taking, tolerance of ambiguity, being self-driven, and quality of results.
  • Contact details of at least one reference (previous academic or industrial supervisor).​​ I​nstructional Media Specialist – MSFEA Online Learning Unit / AUB IT Academic Services​.


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