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The University

Zayed University, a premier university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. With approximately 550 full-time faculty serving approximately 9500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life. The University expects its graduates to be competent in English and Arabic, proficient in the use of computing technology, and strong in quantitative and research skills. English is the primary language of instruction and administration. Zayed University is fully accredited in the UAE and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the US. The United Arab Emirates is a progressive country known for its high standard of living and its safe and family-friendly environment.

The Opportunity

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) in Abu Dhabi invites applications for a full time faculty position (open rank) in Anthropology or History. A scholar focusing on the social history and/or cultural heritage of the Arabian Gulf is preferred. The capacity to teach courses either in the history of the UAE, cultural heritage and built environment of the Gulf is desirable and the ability to teach introductory classes in the social sciences is required.

The Requirements 

Candidates holding a Ph.D. in anthropology, history or related field at the time of appointment strongly preferred though ABD candidates may be considered.

Teaching experience strongly preferred, with experience teaching in an ESL environment and/or knowledge of Arabic desirable (though the language of instruction is English).

If you meet these requirements and would like to make any informal enquiries regarding this opportunity, please feel free to contact the Dean of the College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities, Dr. Chris Southgate (

The Benefits

The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the United Arab Emirates, housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and subsidized healthcare provided to the employee and sponsored family members.

To Apply

Please visit our web site at and click on the Employment tab to be directed to the recruitment website. In addition to completing the online application form, please attach a cover letter, a current CV, and the names and contact details of three professional references.

While we appreciate all applications, you will be contacted only if you are selected for an interview.

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