Research Assistant Positions

Full-time Designer and Researcher in Data Mapping and Visualization

Period: 1 year, renewable

Overview: The Urban Lab (Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, AUB) is looking to hire a full-time designer with experience in data visualization to work as the main designer of the Urban lab's visualization unit which produces maps, infographics and other data visualizations accompanying research efforts carried out by the Lab.

The designer's main task will be to act as an executioner and partner in the conception of and creation of maps and other infographics, supporting research efforts around urban issues such as building developments in Beirut, protection of the seafront, urban post-war recovery, urban governance and others. Ideally, the selected candidate is also interested in research and theorization about data visualization and mapping.

 As senior designer, this person might also coordinate the visualization efforts of other designers or design teams involved in the research projects of the Urban Lab, and will report to the Visualization Unit's creative director.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Contract is renewable.​

Responsibilities

  • Thinking through data sets to arrive at meaningful and impactful visualizations, and carrying out data analysis and data processing accordingly
  • Conceptualizing mapping methodologies and effective visualization approaches
  • Producing information visualizations and maps based on the research outcomes of the different research teams
  • Conducting team discussions and meetings with the aim of producing visualizations appropriate to the research themes and objectives
  • Working in collaboration with the research team on editing and fine-tuning data interpretation and visualization
  • Coordinating and managing other design and visualization efforts operating within the Urban Lab
  • Assisting in the organization of events around data visualization and mapping
  • Ideally, conducting research on mapping and data visualization in collaboration with the Visualization Unit's creative director

 

Requirements: ​Candidates should have a Masters degree, with at least one of their degrees being in Graphic design or a closely related discipline, and 2 years of experience (or the equivalent), with at least part of this experience in data visualization, mapping, infographics or information design.

Candidates with degrees from a related design discipline (Urban design, Architecture, etc) and/or with a Bachelors degree are welcome to apply.

Knowledge of desktop publishing software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign…) is required. Knowledge of web publishing software as well as digital mapping platforms and GIS is a plus. Candidates need to be able to work in English and in Arabic.

Ideally, the candidate has analytical skills and is interested in theory of design, and/or interested in urban and spatial issues.

 Please send your CV and portfolio with a cover letter stating your interest in the job to Dounia Salamé (ds65@aub.edu.lb), using the line “Visualization and Mapping Designer" in the email title. Applications will start being reviewed on the 21st of January 2019 and evaluation will be conducted on rolling basis, until position is filled.

 

About the Urban Lab

The “Urban Lab" is a new entity in The American University in Beirut, affiliated to the Maroun Semaan ​Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, more specifically to the Architecture and Design Department, and gathers a number of research tracks and initiatives. Its aim is to become a reference in the study of contemporary urbanization from the Global South, especially in our Arabic-speaking region. It will be conducting research activities, organizing conferences and workshops, publishing reports and work-in-progress updates, and will be linked to the teaching components of the Architecture and Design Department.

​You can see examples of similar visualization work by clicking here, here and here. ​

Research Associate - Online Professional Joint Diploma in Green Technologies

Job summary: ​Accomplish the Online Professional Joint Diploma in Green Technologies' objectives through overall planning, directing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluation of the program ensuring consistency with strategy, commitments and goals.

Job duties and responsibilities:

1.    Operations:

Develop and maintain a detailed implementation schedule, which includes administrative tasks and all partners involved in the online professional program.
Track program changes and closely monitor the semester's day to day tasks.
Develop and produce updated timelines for required milestones as agreed with the Director of the online program.
Follow-up on the online professional diploma's deliverables each term.


2.    Management:

Adhere to the online program's milestones and deadlines on all task related activities.
Manage the day-to-day work with team members and departments.
Develop relationships with organizations, advisory board and associations that foster ties.
Work with the Director to achieve an understanding of expectations, deliverable, dependencies, risks, and progress and other KPI.


3.    Finance :

Set and manage budget expectations.
Monitor program budget and expenditures.
Calculate and provide profit allocation results with the required departments and ensure data accuracy.
Follow up with students on late payments.


4.    Communication and Marketing:

Communicate effectively with program partners to identify needs and evaluate alternative solutions.
Coordinate program events and activities.
Plan project publicity and press releases.
Develop and schedule Marketing initiatives throughout the year.
Establish and maintain a usable and well-communicated schedule to all stakeholders.
Communicate progress, risks, expectations, timelines, milestones and other key matters to further strengthen the program.
 
Job specification and requirements:
Master or PhD degree in Business Administration, Information Systems, Computer Science or any other related field.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.
Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on time and on budget.
Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation and presentation skills.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting.
Excellent computer skills, proficient with MS office applications.
Familiarity with the academic environment and/or online education is preferred.


Research Assistant Position in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department

Title: Numerical simulation of acoustic propagation and geomechanics testing of reservoir rocks.

Significance: Accurate estimations of the mechanical properties of reservoir rocks using geomechanics and acoustic propagation is important to enhance production and ensure safe drilling operations.

Profile: Currently a master student in Engineering

Bachelor in engineering (students with a background in mechanical or civil engineering are encouraged to apply)

Compensation: commensurate with education and relevant experience

Application procedure:​Candidates are requested to send their CV to Dr. Elsa Maalouf at researchem40@gmail.com and add the code NM2019 to the subject​

Research Assistant Position in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department

Title:  Reservoir rock characterization using acoustic measurements

Background: Bachelor degree in mechanical/civil engineering, or physics.

Qualifications: Graduate students planning to pursue a master's degree are encouraged to apply

Project objective:

  • Experimental work on ultrasonic measurements for reservoir rock characterization
  • Finite element numerical simulation of ultrasonic measurements

Compensation: commensurate with education and relevant experience

Application procedure: Candidates are requested to send their CV to Dr. Elsa Maalouf at researchem40@gmail.com and add the code AR2019 to the subject

Part-time / Full-time Research Assistant Position in Mechanical Engineering Department

Description:​

We are seeking Research Assistants to work in the general areas of (1) uncertainty quantification and Bayesian inverse problems, and (2) multiscale modeling of complex systems. Applications will include fossil fuel combustion and reactive nano-materials. It is expected that the tools developed and implemented for these applications to be transferrable to multiple other domains (such as climate forecasting, design of alternative fuels, subsurface flows, and cosmology to name a few). 

The appointee(s) will conduct research work in close collaboration with researchers at NYU-Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and the Johns Hopkins University, along with professors from the Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics departments at AUB. Collaboration with researchers from CNRS-Lebanon and KAUST is also possible. 

Duration: 6 months. 

Desirable Start Date: January 15, 2019.​

Salary: Commensurate with the highest degree earned and AUB's salary range for research assistants with that degree.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree in Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry. 
  • Prior experience with coding in at least one of the following languages: Fortran, C, C++.
  • Very knowledgeable in Matlab and/or Python.
  • Good grasp of and ability to handle advanced mathematical and physical concepts. 
  • Good analytical, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. 

 

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable in at least one of these areas: probability theory, statistics, big data, machine learning, random sampling, stochastic models, optimization, molecular dynamics simulations, mutliscale modeling, nonlinear dynamics.
  • Prior experience in running jobs on HPC clusters.

Responsibilities: 

  • Model development, algorithm development, code development.
  • data analysis and visualization.
  • Writing scientific papers and reports, presenting at meetings / conferences. 

Apply: Interested candidates are encouraged to send (1) a cover letter and (2) a detailed CV (in a single PDF file) by email to Dr. Leen Alawieh at la119@aub.edu.lb.Please also indicate in the email whether you are interested in a full-time or a part-time RA position.

For general questions or further details about the position, please send an email to la119@aub.edu.lb

​​​​​​Part-Time Research Assistant Position -  Mechanical Engineering
 Department

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

American University of Beirut

We are seeking a research assistant to work on an industrial project focusing on defect detection in composite structures. The project involves the development of algorithms based on vibration data and machine learning to assess the state of the structure under study.

Students currently working towards a Master's degree in the Mechanical are encouraged to apply. The RA position is for one year and with the possibility of extension for an additional one year. The start date is November 2018.

Qualifications:

 BE/ME in Mechanical Engineering 

Duties:

Vibration, mechanical testing, instrumentation

Data analysis (Machine learning/pattern recognition)

​Application procedure:

Interested candidate should send their CV and a short cover letter in one document to Dr Samir Mustapha at mustaphaa.samir@gmail.com.

​Full-Time or Part-Time Research Assistant Position

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut

Project Title:  Porous Mesh for Fast Oil-Water Separation

Position is open for applicants holding BS/BE/ MSc in Chemical Eng. / Chemistry /Environmental Sci. and Eng. with previous laboratory research experience

Note: 

A freshly graduated M.Sc. from Lebanese universities with research experience in filtration is preferable

Job Description: 

In this project, an efficient hydrophobic porous mesh will be made for oil-water separation. The mesh can be made out of hydrophobic metal/polymer with large pore size to separate oil quickly.  The separated oil can be continuously pumped out to another reservoir and this will reduce the cost of separation to minimum. 

The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include:

Intensive literature survey
Conducting experiments (electrospinning, surface modification, characterization, separation studies, etc.)
Documenting the research results
Ordering equipment and supplies

Application Deadline: October 30, 2018​

Duration: 9-12 months                                       

Compensation: commensurate with education and relevant experience.​

Apply: To ensure full consideration, please send a single file (max. 4 pages) including your application letter with a brief statement of your research career plan, short CV, and contact details of at least two references to esmesh2016@gmail.com . Please use the job code (MASRI-HPM-RA-2018) in the subject line of your email.


For more information, contact:
Dr. Ali Tehrani
Chemical Engineering Department
American University of Beirut 


Full-Time or Part-Time Research Assistant Position

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut

Project Title:  Surface Modified Nanofibrous Mesh for Wastewater Treatment

Position is open for applicants holding BS/BE/ MSc in Chemical Eng. / Chemistry /Environmental Sci. and Eng. with previous laboratory research experience

Note: 

A freshly graduated M.Sc. from Lebanese universities with research experience in adsorption studies is preferable.

Job Description: 

In this project, Poly(methyl methacrylate)  (PMMA) nanofibrous meshes will be made by electrospinning method. After surface modification, some of the side groups will turn into carboxylic acids to be able to adsorb charged organic pollutants from wastewater by electrostatic interactions.

The responsibilities of the selected candidate will include:

Intensive literature survey
Conducting experiments (electrospinning, surface modification, characterization, adsorption studies, etc.)
Documenting the research results
Ordering equipment and supplies

Application Deadline: October 30, 2018

Duration: 9-12 months

Compensation: commensurate with education and relevant experience.
Apply: To ensure full consideration, please send a single file (max. 4 pages) including your application letter with a brief statement of your research career plan, short CV, and contact details of at least two references to esmesh2016@gmail.com. Please use the job code (URB-SUPADS-RA-2018) in the subject line of your email.

For more information, contact: 
Dr. Ali Tehrani
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department
American University of Beirut 

Research Assistant/Project Coordinator​​ on Humanitarian Engineering Initiative

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering & Architecture (MSFEA)

American University of Beirut​


The Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) at the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering & Architecture at AUB are recruiting a full-time Research Assistant/ Project Coordinator to work on the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative, as of Thursday November 1, 2018.

About the Initiative:

The Humanitarian Engineering Initiative merges engineering and health sciences to answer to needs of populations facing protracted humanitarian crises. The initiative launched the “Designing Solutions for Health Challenges in Crisis” course in July 2017, in collaboration with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University and the Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) at Johns Hopkins University. Since then three sessions of the course have been offered. Course enrollees from different disciplines and backgrounds work together to assess the needs of a population, define a problem to address, and then ideate, design, prototype and pitch a solution.

Main Duties:

The main duties will be to provide administrative and technical support for the organization of the School:

I- Organize the course on Humanitarian Engineering:

  1. Support in refinement of the design of the school structure, content, format, schedule, duration, etc..
  2. Follow-up on academic course requirements such as syllabus modification, elective, etc..
  3. Assist in preparing the training material
  4. Identify and coordinate with the selected lecturers, mentors, and jury members
  5. Identify and coordinate partners for field visits and activities
  6. Coordinate with international co-organizers
  7. Manage the students’ interface (moodle, email…)
II- Work out the logistics of the Humanitarian Engineering course:

  1. Provide administrative support for regional/international participants (visa letters, hotel reservations, taxi bookings)
  2. Reserve venue and ensure adequate set up
  3. Arrange for catering
  4. Arrange transportation for field visits
  5. Coordinate with all relevant departments at AUB such as communication office and purchasing
  6. Keep record of all project budgets and update them daily
III- Coordinate the Initiative internally and with partnersa. Organize monthly meetings

  1. Organize monthly meetings
  2. Assist in drafting reports and official letters
  3. Take minutes of meetings
IV- Advertise the school and recruit students

  1. Create promotional material and disseminate (through social media, AUB networks, and emails)
  2. Create registration form and finalize student lists
V- Evaluate the course

  1. Develop, administer and analyze assessment tools
  2. Manage IRB applications and grants
  3. Draft the final report on the school

VI- Provide post-course support to students in moving forward with their projects

VII- Routinely search for, identify, and apply to sources of funding

VIII- Write abstracts, research papers, and grant proposals

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor in Engineering, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, or a relevant field. Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferable;
  • 2 years of general work experience;
  • Experience in organizing events and trainings is an asset;
  • Excellent command of English and Arabic is a must (spoken, read, and written);
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work proactively, independently and efficiently;
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork with need affected populations;
  • Ability to conduct interviews in Arabic.

Duration of contract:

6 months with prospects for extension.


Application Procedure:

Applicant must send their CV to the Project Coordinator, Ms. Yara Najem at yn13@aub.edu.lb, no later than Monday October 15th, 2018, with the subject: “Research Assistant- Humanitarian Engineering”.

Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

​​Full-time Research Assistant Position​ in the Vision and Robotics Lab (VRL) 

Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering & Architecture (MSFEA)

American University of Beirut​

Qualifications:

Bachelor degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics engineering or a related field is a must, master degree is preferred. A minor in communication skills and English or technical writing is a plus.

Background:

Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics or a related field.

Main Duties: 

  • Identify sources of funding, write proposals, coordinate all aspects of the submission process (coordination among partners, budget, required documents, interface with AUB units, interface with funding agency, etc…)
  • Manage awarded grants (hiring, orders, finances, reporting, etc…)
  • Be heavily involved in developing and contributing to documents (research papers, reports, patents, articles, news releases, manage submission processes, etc…)
  • Explore possible collaborations and partnerships with colleagues at AUB, colleagues at other universities and organizations all around the world
  • Develop IRB applications and follow up (when applicable)
  • Organizing VRL events (workshops, schools, seminars, etc…) including all logistics
  • Coordinate with collaborators and external organizations
  • Identify opportunities for students (post-docs, internships, training, schools, etc…)

Skills:

  • Research skills
  • High technical writing skills especially proposals, research reports, patents, etc…
  • High management skills

Duration: 

6 months with prospects for extension.

Application procedure:

Interested candidate should send their CV and a short cover letter in one document to Dr. Imad Elhajj at imad.elhajj@aub.edu.lb ​​


​​​​​Full Time or Part Time Research Assistant Position -  Mechanical Engineering


Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

American University of Beirut


We are seeking a research assistant to work on a collaborative research project titled “Nanoparticle Reinforced Epoxy Composite with Enhanced Mechanical and Thermal Properties”. The project focuses on the enhancement of the mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy systems using metallic and composite additives and involves organic synthesis , epoxy composite preparation, physical-chemical characterization, and mechanical testing.
Students currently working towards a Master’s degree in the Mechanical or Chemical engineering (or Chemistry) are encouraged to apply. The RA position is for one year and with the possibility of extension for an additional one year. The start date is June 2018. 
 

Qualifications:

BS/MS in Chemistry or BE/ME in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering  
 

Duties:

  • ​Modification of hardener and nanoparticle via organic chemistry,  epoxy composite preparation under various conditions, physical-chemical characterization of the chemicals and epoxy samples, mechanical testing of epoxy composites
  • Mechanical testing
  • Thermomechanical testing
  • Microscopic analysis 
 

Application procedure:

Interested candidate should send their CV and a short cover letter in one document to Dr. Samir Mustapha at mustaphaa.samir@gmail.com

​Full Time or Part Time Research Assistant Position -  Mechanical Engineering


​Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

American University of Beirut



Position is open for
1) Students currently working towards a Master’s degree in the ME department

OR

2) Non AUB students who have compl​eted a BE/BS degree in a related specialization 

Job description: To perform experimental and FEM simulations of tasks related to the currently QNRF funded research grant “Characterizing the impact loading response of friction-stirred welded (FSW) bimetallic joints”.

Compensation: commensurate with education and relevant experience.

Apply: please email CV and names/contact information to

 
Professor Ramsey Hamade
Mechanical Engineering
American University of Beirut
rh13@aub.edu.lb

P.O.Box: 11-0236
Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon
961-135-0000 Ext: 3481