Job Description

The Digital Subsurface Flow & Transport Lab (DSFT-Lab) is a cross-discipline team led by Prof. Bicheng Yan in Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). DSFT aims to develop next-generation modeling and digitization technologies related to subsurface energy recovery and environmental processes.

To perform advanced research in two different initiatives happening in DSFT, we plan to hire a talented Ph.D. Students in 2022 Spring & Fall semesters and competitive visiting students starting from 2021 Fall Semester, who are able to graduate MSc within 1 year. At DSFT,

Initiative I is the data-driven modeling initiative focusing on developing state-of-the-art data-driven algorithms and workflows to improve predictive modeling and optimization efficiency as we manage the processes of hydrocarbon production, geothermal recovery and geologic carbon sequestration in the Kingdom and the world.

Initiative II is the physics-driven modeling initiative dedicated to developing advanced reservoir simulation techniques to simulate coupled processes with multiphase & multi-components flow, thermal transport and geomechanics in complex heterogeneous geological porous media.

Desired qualifications:

  • MSc from a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) major;
  • Interested in solving complex problems by programming, numerical simulation or data analytics;
  • Great communication capabilities.

DSFT seeks self-motivated, dedicated and creative researchers who want to address challenging energy and environmental-related engineering problems.

Interested candidates should send their CV to

The position will be physically located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. Located on the shores of the beautiful Red Sea, KAUST offers world-class research infrastructure, competitive salary and benefits, great opportunities to pursue innovation/social/economic development via startups.


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