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1. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow

D-23-ENE-00003 | Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment | Research | Last Updated 07/29/2022 | Posting Expires 12/19/2022 11:59 PM, EST

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment invites applications for its Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows program, with start dates as early as June 2023. This program supports outstanding scholars whose research focuses on innovative solutions to pressing technological, economic, and/or policy challenges relating to energy and the environment. Applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented within the fields of energy and environment are highly encouraged.

Fellows must collaborate with two or more Princeton faculty or senior researchers within an energy or environment-related field and establish an interdisciplinary research plan aligned with the Andlinger Center's mission. Candidates whose plans forge new collaborations between associated faculty and researchers in the Andlinger Center's research directory are strongly preferred, though proposals that extend existing collaborations in creative new directions will be considered.

Appointments are anticipated for two years, with renewal after the first year contingent on satisfactory performance. Fellows will hold the rank of postdoctoral research associate and be provided a competitive salary, standard benefits, and a stipend of $2,500 per year to support conference travel and career development.


Participation in teaching is not required. Fellows may guest lecture in courses, with guidance from Princeton mentor(s). Interested fellows are encouraged to pursue workshops and training in pedagogy offered through Princeton's McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

Application process 

For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by December 16, 2022.

Eligible candidates must have received their doctorate in a related field no later than three years prior to the anticipated start date. Preference will be given to candidates not currently affiliated with Princeton University. 

Applicants must develop a research proposal in consultation with two or more Princeton faculty or senior researchers with whom they intend to collaborate, at least one of whom must be identified as the primary mentor(s).  Mentors will be asked to submit a letter assessing the candidate's academic strength and proposed research plan and to commit a portion of the financial support. Princeton mentors who are currently hosting a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow are ineligible to serve as primary mentors; applicants should consult with their prospective mentors to ensure that this eligibility criterion is met.

The materials listed below should be submitted to https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/26843 by the application deadline. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

*Cover letter

*Curriculum vitae, including publications

*Research plan, developed in consultation with the prospective Princeton mentor(s), with a maximum length of 2 pages.  The plan must explain the research context, the interdisciplinary framework of its objectives, and the anticipated impact. The plan should clearly articulate the technological or policy solutions proposed to address the challenges and demonstrate a strong connection to the Andlinger Center's mission. The research can be applied or fundamental, theoretical or experimental, or a combination of such. Prospective Princeton mentors will be contacted to ensure the applicant has consulted with them in developing the research plan.

*Personal statement (1-2 pages), demonstrating how the fellowship advances the applicant's career plans and identifying possible additional mentors that they plan to cultivate during the fellowship.

*Contact information for 2-3 references, who will receive an email with instructions on how to send their recommendation.

*Contact information for the applicant's prospective Princeton primary mentor(s).

Questions about the fellowships or application process may be directed to the Andlinger Center's assistant director for research, Charles Sharpless (csharpless@princeton.edu).

2. Associate Research Scholar

D-23-PHY-00002 | Physics | Research | Last Updated 08/17/2022 | Posting Expires 11/02/2022 11:59 PM, EDT

The Princeton Gravity Initiative is seeking exceptional Ph.D. recipients in theoretical gravitational theory for an honorific postdoctoral fellowship program. The Princeton Gravity Initiative is a new collaborative effort between Princeton University's Astrophysics, Mathematics, and Physics Departments to explore the fundamental nature of gravity; see https://gravity.princeton.edu for more information. Candidates from all areas of research 

focusing on gravitational theory, including gravitational wave astrophysics, mathematical relativity, early universe cosmology, and quantum gravity, will be considered.

These appointments will be at the rank of Associate Research Scholar. Several positions may be available. The appointments will be annual with the expectation of renewal for two additional years subject to satisfactory performance. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and thus seek to recruit candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy. To apply online, please visit https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/26907 and submit a cover letter (which can include a research statement of up to three pages in length), CV, and contact information for three references.

To ensure full consideration, all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by November 1, 2022. 

For more information, contact Frans Pretorius at fpretori@princeton.edu.

3. Dicke Fellow - Associate Research Scholar

D-23-PHY-00003 | Physics | Research | Posting Expires 10/21/2022 11:59 PM, EDT

The Princeton University Physics Department seeks exceptional Ph.D. recipients in experimental physics for an honorific postdoctoral fellowship program. Candidates from all areas of experimental physics will be considered and selected through an annual competition. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive. To ensure full consideration, all materials must be received by October 21, 2022.  The selected scholars are expected to work with the existing experimental groups in the department, although those who wish to pursue a specific independent research program will also be considered. 

Princeton has experimental research programs in Atomic Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Cosmology & Gravitation, High Energy Physics, and Particle Astrophysics. In their application, applicants are encouraged to discuss potential research group or groups that they would be interested in working with. This year the Physics Department will select two postdoctoral research scholars. Appointments, to be made at the rank of Associate Research Scholar, will be annual with the expectation of renewal for two additional years subject to satisfactory performance. The scholars will be "Dicke Fellows" in recognition of Princeton physicist Robert Dicke. In addition to salary and benefits, the program will provide a discretionary fund of $9,000 per year for each scholar. 

Candidates must submit a CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, the contact information for three referees, and a diversity statement explaining how they will contribute to diversity and/or help to foster a climate of inclusion within the department. Finalists will be invited to give a research talk, either at Princeton or remotely if travel to Princeton is not feasible. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Proof of Ph.D. must be submitted prior to start date. Candidates who are not selected for a Dicke position may also be considered for other postdoctoral positions in the Department. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and thus seek to recruit candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Please apply at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/27162.

4. Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics for 2023-24

D-22-CHV-00003 | Human Values | Research | Last Updated 07/01/2022 | Posting Expires 11/15/2022 11:59 PM, EST

The Princeton University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics for a possible available position starting in September 2023. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine, the biological sciences, or population health. We particularly encourage proposals focusing on problems of practical importance that have broader theoretical interest.

The Shapiro Fellow will spend from one to three years at Princeton conducting research and teaching the equivalent of one course each year (subject to sufficient enrollments and approval by the Dean of the Faculty). They will participate in the Ira W. DeCamp Seminar in Bioethics and will be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center for Human Values including a year-long research seminar for visiting fellows and Center faculty.


Applications welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D., M.D., or other equivalent doctoral degree by the start, normally beginning September 1, 2023. Applicants should not have more than two years of postdoctoral experience by the date of appointment. An applicant may have a background in any area of ethical studies, not necessarily in bioethics. However, the proposed research plan should be related to the field of bioethics. 

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant's previous accomplishments and the promise of the proposed research project in bioethics. The capacity to contribute to the University's teaching program will also be considered.

Term of Appointment:

The term of the fellowship is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2023, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years pending satisfactory performance. Appointment will be made to the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate; the Shapiro Fellow will also carry the title of Lecturer, if teaching. Princeton University offers competitive salary and employee benefits. 

How to Apply:

Candidates must submit an online application at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/26382 

A complete application will include the following supporting materials:

1. A curriculum vitae; 

2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words). Please provide an indicative title in the heading; 

3. A scholarly paper (of no more than 12,000 words, not including bibliography) representing the applicant's scholarly achievement or potential; 

4. Contact information for two referees, who should be prepared to comment specifically about the applicant's qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference. 

These materials must be submitted online by the application deadline of Monday, November 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference should be submitted by Monday, November 21, 2022. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately so letters of reference received after the priority deadline may put candidates at a disadvantage.

Decisions will be announced in late March, 2023. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

5. HMEI Environmental Fellows Program

D-23-HME-00003 | High Meadows Environmental Institute | Research | Posting Expires 10/31/2022 11:59 PM, EDT

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) at Princeton University is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 HMEI Environmental Fellows Program. This postdoctoral program seeks scholars from all disciplines. The fellowship supports early career scholars in developing their research in a dynamic environmental studies community. In addition to their research, fellows are expected to contribute to the undergraduate program; this can take the form of supporting an existing environmental studies course, helping to mentor a student internship team, or teaching a course of their own design.

Applications are welcome from candidates who earned or expect to earn a Ph.D. between January 2020 and June 2023. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:


Atmospheric and oceanic sciences


Biogeochemical cycles

Carbon mitigation 

Climate and energy

Climate, disease and health

Climate justice

Cities and environment

Earth history

Ecology and ecosystem science

Environmental chemistry and microbiology

Environmental engineering

Environmental humanities 

Environmental justice

Environmental media, narrative and science communication

Food and environment

Health and environment

Water resources and hydrology

Before applying, candidates should identify and contact one or more Princeton faculty who are willing to provide research supervision, teaching and professional mentorship; and confirm their willingness to supervise their work should they be accepted into the program. An indication of faculty sponsorship(s) should be noted in the application. More than 140 members of the Princeton University faculty, representing 30 academic departments (in social sciences, humanities, natural Sciences and engineering), are affiliated with HMEI. The core faculty and broader group of Associated Faculty of HMEI are listed on the Institute's website: http://environment.princeton.edu.

Applications received before October 31, 2022 will be given full consideration. Applicants should include a cover letter (1-2 pages), a statement of research interests and goals for the fellowship period (no more than 2 pages), and a brief narrative of how the applicant would contribute to HMEI's commitments to fostering diverse and inclusive environmental studies at Princeton (1 - 2 pages). The application should also include the names and email addresses for three referees familiar with their work. 

All applications must be submitted through the Princeton University jobsite at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/27281

HMEI Environmental Fellowships provide a competitive annual salary, depending upon experience, along with a significant allowance for travel to meetings and for research support. Initial awards are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years depending on satisfactory performance and available funding. The earliest starting date is July 1, 2023.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

6. Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance - Postdoctoral Research Associate

D-23-SPI-00003 | Princeton School of Public and International Affairs | Research | Posting Expires 04/01/2023 11:59 PM, EDT

The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG) at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research associate position from individuals with a Ph.D. degree or who expect to receive a Ph.D. degree by September 1, 2023, for the 2023-2024 academic year. These awards are designed to promote basic research in the broad areas of international and comparative political economy, international organization and global governance, and globalization. Research on the causes and consequences of globalization, the political economy of foreign trade, monetary and regulatory policies, the sources of international cooperation at the global and regional level, the domestic and international politics of economic development, the political economy of human security issues, the evolution and impact of international institutions, and the politics of international law and human rights policies are of relevance. Outstanding scholars anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. The Center invites candidates with a background in political science, economics, modern history, sociology, anthropology, law, business, and other disciplines bearing on the study of globalization to apply. Selected candidates will be required to be in residence in Princeton or the local vicinity, or demonstrate to the program's satisfaction the ability to be on campus on a daily basis and on short notice in order to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation, office hours, and related activities for the duration of the fellowship (September 1, 2023 - July 1, 2024).

Application Deadline - Applicants should apply by Saturday, November 19, 2022 (11:59 pm EST) for full consideration; however, posting will remain open until filled.

Application Process - All candidates must use the online application process to submit materials at: https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/26881

Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. or expect to receive a Ph.D. degree by September 1, 2023, in one of the above-mentioned disciplines. To apply, please provide the following:

*Cover letter explaining the candidate's scholarly career, prospective or actual doctoral defense date, and academic interests;

*Current curriculum vitae, including publications;

*2,000-word description of the proposed research project, including its specific objectives, importance, and research design;

*One writing sample (limit of 100 pages);

*Contact information for three references, who will be asked to comment specifically on the applicant's qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for submitting a confidential recommendation on your behalf. Letters of reference are to be submitted by the end of business day on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Complete your application well before the deadline so that references can be submitted on time.

Salary - Rank and salary will be contingent on qualifications. NCGG Fellows will receive applicable Princeton University benefits, a taxable moving allowance, and a $5,000 research fund. This is a one-year appointment.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in February 2023. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.


For more information about the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance fellowship program, please contact Jennifer Bolton, Assistant Director, at jbolton@princeton.edu.

For details please visit the official site

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