Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Princeton Environmental Institute invites applications for postdoctoral research associate 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. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree in a related field.

Applicants should apply online 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/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 – Levine Research Group

The Princeton Environmental Institute invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate and/or more senior research position with Jonathan Levine’s research group to study (1) the dynamics of populations, communities, or ecosystems, with implications for terrestrial carbon storage, or (2) the management of land for the dual and potentially competing goals of biodiversity conservation and natural climate solutions. Within either theme, the research questions and approaches are flexible and will be determined by the successful candidate. She/he will work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers affiliated with PEI’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative and will start in late 2020 / early 2021.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree in ecology or related field. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based upon satisfactory performance. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Applicants must apply online at www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/16721 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interest, and names and contact information for three references. Prospective postdoctoral researchers from groups underrepresented in ecology are particularly encouraged to apply. More information about Jonathan’s research group can be found on the research group website: levine.princeton.edu.

Application review will begin August 10, 2020.

Questions about the position should be emailed to Jonathan at levinej@princeton.edu, with a CV attached.

 


Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ethics and Climate Change

The University Center for Human Values (UCHV) and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) at Princeton University invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate or more senior position working at the intersection of ethics and global change to contribute to the Climate Futures Initiative in Science, Values, and Policy (CFI) – a jointly supported research program. Our aim is to support a scholar whose research agenda focuses on the ethical dimensions of climate change, informed by knowledge of climate science and policy. Applicants trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics, and related areas are encouraged to apply.

The incumbent will be expected to be an active contributor to CFI and, in concert with the program’s faculty leadership and steering committee, will play a central role in planning the group’s activities. He/she will be encouraged to participate in the UCHV and PEI communities and will have responsibility for contributing the equivalent of one course each year to the undergraduate or graduate programs of the Institute or University Center. This contribution may be fulfilled by teaching a course on a topic related to the ethical issues of global change, subject to the needs of the Institute and University Center, sufficient enrollment and approval by the Dean of the Faculty, or other forms of service as suggested by the Institute or University Center.

For more information on the Climate Futures Initiative, see scholar.princeton.edu/cfi/home.

 

Qualifications

To be eligible, an applicant must have completed his/her Ph.D. The applicant’s dissertation need not be specifically in the ethics of climate change, but persons applying to this position will be expected to demonstrate relevant background and commitment to working on a research project in the focal area during their time at Princeton.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of previous accomplishments, the promise of the proposed research in ethics, climate science, and policy, and the likelihood that the project will be enhanced by being carried out in an interdisciplinary environment. The capacity to contribute to the University’s teaching program may also be taken into account.

 

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2021, with the expectation of renewal for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to be in residence for the duration of his/her appointment. This is a full-time position. As such, the individual accepting this position may not be employed by another institution during the term of his/her appointment at Princeton.

 

How to Apply:

Applications for this position must be submitted online at www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/16741 and include the following materials:

  1. A current curriculum vitae;
  2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words) conforming to the expectations stated above. Please identify a statement of research plans and its connection to the focal area described for this position. Also, please indicate a title for the research project at the beginning of the proposal;
  3. A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representative of your scholarly achievement or potential; and
  4. Contact information for two referees, each of whom will be asked to comment specifically on your qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

 

Application Deadline:

**REVISED APPLICATION DEADLINE** All materials must be submitted online by December 10, 2020, 11:59 P.M. EST. We cannot accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by end of business day on December 9, 2020. Decisions will be announced by March 2021.

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

 


Application for Environmental Fellows Program

The Princeton EnvironmentalIinstitute at Princeton University is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 PEI Environmental Fellows Program. This honorific postdoctoral fellowship program provides opportunities for outstanding environmental scholars to participate in environment-related research and teaching at Princeton. Because the fellowship includes both research and teaching, candidates need to identify potential faculty mentors for both research and teaching – these may or may not be the same person. More than 120 members of the Princeton University faculty, representing close to 30 departments (in Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering), are affiliated with PEI. Successful candidates will work in collaboration with members of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and associated departments. Applications are welcome from candidates who have earned a Ph.D. in the last three years or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Carbon Mitigation
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Food Systems
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Water Resources
  • Climate and Energy
  • Oceanography
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Earth History
  • Ecosystem Science

Applications received before October 15, 2020,11:59 pm eastern time, will be given full consideration. Applicants should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, a 1-2 page statement of research interests and goals, a brief statement of teaching interests and goals, a separate statement outlining how they see themselves contributing to our mission of building a diverse and inclusive program, and name, mailing address, and email address of three referees familiar with their work. All applications must be submitted through the Princeton University jobs site at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17401. PEI 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 February 1, 2021.

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

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.