Research Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), invites applications for postdoctoral research associates and more senior research positions focusing on the scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of environmental issues. These areas include issues surrounding global change; energy and climate; biogeochemical cycles; molecular geochemistry; biodiversity; conservation; environmental science and policy; infectious disease and global health; and sustainable development in impoverished and resource-challenged regions of the world. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Applicants must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/30821 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interest, and names and contact information for three references. All materials must be submitted online.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree in a related field.Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 


Postdoctoral Position in Landscape Ecology and Carbon Mapping using UAV-LiDAR Data

The High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University seeks a postdoctoral or more senior research associate to work with Professor Robert Pringle, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at Princeton University on the determinants and dynamics of carbon storage in African savannas. The research will use high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and field data to quantify vegetation structure, carbon density, and their variation across natural and experimental gradients of wildlife abundance, fire frequency, and other environmental factors in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. LiDAR data will be collected through unoccupied aerial vehicle (UAV) surveys, in collaboration with Andrew Davies at Harvard University. The candidate will play a leading role in this research, working closely with both Pringle and Davies and their respective research groups, and will be expected to process raw LiDAR data and analyze derived data products. Beyond the primary goal of understanding spatiotemporal variation in carbon stocks, we aim to link this work to a broader research program on the ecology and restoration of Gorongosa; experience in animal, plant, and/or ecosystem ecology will be useful.

Candidates must have a PhD in ecology, environmental science, remote sensing, or a related field by the time of appointment. Ideally, candidates should also have the following qualifications: Fluency in either R or Python, familiarity with both, and comfort operating directly from the UNIX command line; experience with geospatial software such as QGIS, ArcGIS, ENVI and/or Google Earth Engine; experience with LiDAR processing software (e.g., LAStools, Terrasolid, or similar); a track record of scientific publications and conference presentations; and willingness to travel internationally to perform fieldwork and domestically to liaise with Andrew Davies’s research group at Harvard University.

The appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance. Candidates should apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/29422, with curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests and experience, and a cover letter that includes names and contact information of at least three references.

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

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.

 


Postdoctoral Position in Soil Biogeochemistry of Atmospheric H2

The High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University has an opening for one postdoctoral or more senior researcher in the Zhang lab (zhang.princeton.edu) in the area of soil microbial hydrogen (H2) cycling, focusing on constraining the role of soil microbes in the global H2 budget using laboratory and field measurements. The researcher is expected to be highly collaborative, able to work efficiently across disciplines, including with microbial ecologists (L. Reji, Zhang lab), ecohydrologists (M. Bertagni, Porporato Lab), and Earth System modelers at NOAA-GFDL (F. Paulot) to improve knowledge of soil H2 removal, the largest sink of atmospheric H2, and assess its sensitivity to climate change and land-use change using experimental observations and modeling.

A Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Geosciences, or a related field is required. Expertise in biogeochemistry of trace gases, microbial meta-omics, and/or stable isotope probing of natural microbial communities is preferred. The position is available for one year, with a possibility for renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding.

Applicants should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and contact information for three references by applying on the Princeton University Academic Hiring website at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/29426.

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

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.

 


HMEI Environmental Fellows Program

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) at Princeton University is accepting applications for the 2024-2025 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 2021 and June 2024. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Atmospheric and oceanic sciences
– Biodiversity
– 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: https://environment.princeton.edu

Applications received before October 31, 2023 11:59 p.m. EST will be given full consideration. Applicants should include a CV, 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://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/31401

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, 2024.

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

 


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Plant Pathogens

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), at Princeton University invites applications for a post-doctoral or more senior position(s) to work with Professor Jess Metcalf and Dr. Elena Shevliakova on research at the interface of plant pathogens and global climate change, observed and projected into the future. The successful candidate will have an interest in ecological questions concerning infectious diseases of plants in natural and agricultural systems and experience working with remotely sensed data.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in quantitative ecology, climate sciences, population biology, applied mathematics, statistics, or an equivalent discipline. Additional experience in climate, meteorological, or environmental data analysis or related topics is highly desirable. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of publication; have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team.

Applicants must apply online at www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/31903 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interest, and names and contact information for three references. All materials must be submitted online.

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

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Resilience, Adaptation and Systemic Risk

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researchers to take part in a partnership with the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The successful applicant will join a community of faculty and other postdoctoral associates involved with this initiative at Princeton and its partner institutions, as well as complementary projects in Princeton’s Center for BioComplexity and the Food and Agriculture Initiative.

The postdoctoral associate hired in this call will research Resilience, Adaptation and Systemic Risk. This project has a strong initial focus on urban sustainability, and on designing cities to be resilient to trends in population growth, migration patterns, land use and climate change, including the impacts of sea- level rise; but more generally, we are interested in the exploration of the factors that lead to resilience in any coupled social-ecological systems. This postdoctoral associate also will be associated with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Applicants should apply at www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/31904 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interest, and names and contact information for three references. All materials must be submitted online. Applicants should identify which position they are applying for. Evaluation of applications will begin November 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree in a related field, with strong preferences for strength in systems level approaches and modeling, and in empirical methods in the social sciences. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

 


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ocean Circulation/Biogeochemistry Modeling

The High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton University is seeking a Postdoctoral associate or more senior researcher(s) in the area of ocean circulation and biogeochemistry modeling to work with Professor Laure Resplandy, as part of the “Global Ocean and Land Alkalinization (GOAL-A),” a new Department of Energy (DOE) Earth Shot collaborative project between scientists at Yale, Georgia Tech, Princeton and Texas A&M. At Princeton, the postdoc will investigate the impact of enhanced weathering and ocean alkalinity enhancement on ocean/atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, ecosystems, and ocean pH.

The ideal candidate will have a background in ocean modeling, but candidates with the necessary background in ocean biogeochemistry and/or geophysical fluid dynamics will be given full consideration. A Ph.D. in Geosciences or related field is required. Postdoctoral appointments are initially for one year with the renewal for subsequent years based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. A competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, vitae, a publication list, a statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references. Applicants should apply online to www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/32343. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 


Faculty Opportunities

Assistant Professor, Associate or Full Professor, Biodiversity

High Meadows Environmental Institute – the interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education, and outreach at Princeton University – seeks distinguished candidates for an appointment (tenured or tenure-track) in the study of biodiversity. The global loss of biodiversity is widely recognized as one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, and we seek candidates whose work advances our fundamental understanding of the biodiversity crisis and its consequences for ecosystem function and human welfare. The individual should have a demonstrated record of excellence in scholarship and a vision for innovative teaching in this field.

We seek a broad thinker who can integrate perspectives across one or more disciplines including ecology and evolutionary biology, atmospheric and oceanic sciences, geosciences, chemistry, engineering, hydrology, policy and/or applied mathematics. The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the department best suited to their research and in the High Meadows Environmental Institute. Fields of specialization are open.

High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is a globally recognized center for environmental research and teaching with more than 140 associated faculty members representing 30 academic disciplines whose research and teaching focuses on the scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of environmental issues. The Institute has legacy strengths in studies of the global climate system, biogeochemistry of the oceans and atmosphere, biocomplexity, and ecohydrology including several long-term interdisciplinary projects focused on climate and energy, biodiversity, water and the environment, urban sustainability, and climate and disease.

Applicants should apply online at www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/32481 and should submit a letter of interest along with a vita, and a list of three potential referees. The letter of interest should include the candidate’s vision of the field and identify major unanswered questions of interest to the candidate. Evaluation of applicants will begin on January 16, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 


Administrative Opportunities

Communications Manager

High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) – the interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education, and outreach at Princeton University — seeks a creative, energetic, and highly skilled communications professional to serve as Manager, Communications. Reporting to the Executive Director, the incumbent will manage comprehensive communications functions for the Institute with a goal of increasing visibility and engagement among stakeholders, affiliates, and the public.

 

Summary of Role and Responsibilities:

  • Work with HMEI’s leadership to establish communications goals and priorities and execute strategies that advance HMEI’s identity, reputation, and mission as a world leading interdisciplinary center of excellence for environmental scholarship and teaching.
  • Produce and publish content that aligns with HMEI’s strategic goals and engages a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Serve as a resource for faculty, administrative staff, and program managers, to highlight and promote HMEI research and teaching programs, priority activities, research outcomes, and faculty and student achievements.
  • Ensure the accuracy, quality, and consistency of presentation across communications channels, materials, and social media platforms.
  • Contribute to the planning, production, and staging of HMEI events including endowed lecture series, faculty/research forums, and special/sponsored events.

To be successful in this role, the incumbent must be a versatile communicator, a collaborative team player, and strategic in approach.

 

Principle Communications activities include:

Content Strategy: Develop and implement communication strategies that convey the institute’s mission and priorities, increase visibility, and expand stakeholder engagement.

  • Prioritize story ideas and develop messaging on major institutional activities.
  • Promote HMEI programs, events, and outreach activities to engage broad audiences including faculty, students, alumni, and the public.
  • Develop and implement social media strategies to deliver timely reporting on news and important announcements.

Content Creator: Develop, write, edit, and publish content for distribution in different formats and across communications channels including web, digital, social media, and print publications.

  • Produce and publish feature stories, news, newsletters, announcements, and reports that
    recognize faculty and student achievements, research, and program outcomes.
  • Maintain HMEI’s website as a dynamic information resource for news, information on
    programs and personnel, archival retention, and donor stewardship.
  • Coordinate the integration of graphics, photography, video, and other visual materials to enhance the presentation and effectiveness of print and digital communications.
  • Ensure well written, accurate, and consistent messaging and content across communications channels and platforms.
  • Utilize effective composition, visual design, and editorial skills to ensure that communications adhere to HMEI visual standards and comply with University style guides.
  • Assure consistency and alignment with HMEI and University messaging, brand, core values
    and priorities.
  • Hire and direct outside service providers (freelancers, photographers, videographers) to
    assist in content generation and production of communications materials.
  • Author, review, and edit press releases. Create presentation materials as requested.

Outreach and Collaboration: Work collaboratively with HMEI colleagues and others including personnel in the offices of University Communications, Dean for Research, and Advancement, among others, to exchange ideas and content, coordinate reporting, and plan and produce events in such a way as to expand HMEI’s reach and impact. Serve on campus-wide communications committees and working groups as appropriate and requested.

To apply, visit https://main-princeton.icims.com/jobs/18145/communications-manager/job, submit resume, cover letter, and up to three (3) professional writing samples. The cover letter should explain why you desire the position and why you would excel in the role.

 

Essential Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree. 5+ years experience in the communications field.

Superior oral and written communications skills. Able to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely in multiple formats and across a variety of media. Creativity in approaching assignments. Able to constructively edit others’ work for grammar, spelling, format, and tone. Knowledge of AP and/or Chicago Manual style.

Experience managing social media platforms to deliver content and messaging. Knowledge of print and digital content production and best practices. Familiarity with web design and content management systems

Strong leadership skills: Models a highly communicative and collaborative leadership style that fosters an environment of trust and reliability among the stakeholder community. Customer focused and proactive. Demonstrates excellent judgment and exercises discretion, personal integrity, and professionalism. Self-motivated with ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Organized. Proven success in project management. Ability to meet tight deadlines, prioritize, and work on several projects simultaneously.
Problem solving skills; ability to respond quickly to changing needs and priorities. Attention to detail.

Proficiency in Microsoft desktop applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel).

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience writing on technical or scientific material is a plus but not necessary. We are seeking a top-notch communicator who is curious about and skilled at explaining complexity for a general audience. Experience in a University setting. Experience hiring and managing freelancers (writers, copy editors, designers, and photographers). Interest in environmental issues.