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Through its postdoctoral research associate positions, C-PREE provides recent PhD graduates an opportunity to participate and contribute to the vital range of research conducted by the center. Current open positions are listed below.

C-PREE also considers requests for self-funded visitors on a rolling basis. If you are interested in working with C-PREE as a visiting researcher, please contact the faculty member you are interested in working with.

 


Professional Specialist: Energy & Environmental Policy Outreach and Research Communications

Princeton University's Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at the School of Public and International Affairs is looking to hire a knowledgeable and collaborative environmental policy professional to prepare policy briefs and research summaries highlighting the Center's research. In addition to assisting faculty and researchers with communicating their work to general audiences and decision-makers, this position will also be responsible for overseeing the work of student associates in preparing policy-relevant research write-ups for Princeton research groups and NGO/industry collaborators.

The appointment will be as an Associate Professional Specialist or Professional Specialist depending on level of experience. A graduate/advanced degree in a related field is required. Candidates should have a track record of science and policy writing with an environmental or energy focus, and should ideally have experience with networks of policymakers, policy entrepreneurs, and environmental journalists and experience preparing memos or white papers for government agencies/policymakers.

Applicants should be up-to-date on current research and comfortable interacting with senior and junior scholars working in a range of environmental fields, including: climate science, energy systems, clean energy transition, transportation and infrastructure, climate adaptation, biodiversity, sustainability, behavioral science, environmental justice, and more. Candidates should be skilled at crystalizing key concepts and writing engaging summaries of complex ideas in order to synthesize Princeton research results into easily digested summaries, designed to inform decision-makers. Candidates will also help to shape new strategic outreach by the centers and build student programs that engage graduate students in science and technical policy communications.

The role will also be responsible for tracking policy and regulatory proceedings in the state, national and international levels to proactively look for opportunities to link Princeton research with ongoing policy decision making. This position will liaise with Princeton's Office of Government Affairs (Washington, D.C.), Office of State Affairs (New Jersey), SPIA's Office of Public Affairs and Communications, and Princeton's Environmental Content Strategist in the Communications Office. The appointment will be through the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. The appointment is for one year, and may be renewed pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest, and a writing sample. References may be contacted for the candidates who make the shortlist for this position. The submission must be online via this link.: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/27783

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

Requisition No: D-23-SPI-00014

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Impacts and Human Responses to Climate Change

The Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher to conduct research on the impacts of climate change and resulting human responses. Successful applicants should be skilled in one of two areas of research: 1) physical modeling of extreme events (particularly heat waves and tropical cyclones) in the context of applications to impacts on individuals and social systems, or 2) econometric or other quantitative methods and modeling approaches applied to assessment of human migration and other sensitivities and responses to climate change. This research effort aims to combine diverse methods and lines of evidence to assess the probability of climate change impacts and outcomes, especially with respect to compound or multi-risk events.

The position reports to Professor Michael Oppenheimer and will collaborate with other researchers in Princeton's Department of Geosciences and High Meadows Environmental Institute. The appointment will be through the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

The appointment is for one year, and may be renewed pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. A PhD is required in a related field. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines.

Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. References may be contacted for the candidates who make the shortlist for this position. The submission must be online via.: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/27784

The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

Requisition No: D-23-SPI-00016

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Biodiversity Conservation #1

The Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for postdoctoral or more senior researchers to conduct research related to biodiversity conservation, with a particular focus on work that is focused on (a) freshwater ecosystems and (b) migratory birds. The research is designed to facilitate the development of effective yet practical policy solutions to important conservation issues.

These positions report to Professor David S. Wilcove (see https://scholar.princeton.edu/dwilcove) in the following areas of research:

(1) Impacts of land use and climate change on freshwater biodiversity. We seek someone to study the effectiveness of riparian reserves in conserving freshwater fish or the responses of freshwater fish to future land-use and climate changes at large spatial scales, using data from the literature and publicly available datasets. Required skills include extensive experience synthesizing and analyzing large datasets (including land cover) and extensive experience with statistical modeling and GIS/spatial analysis. Experience sampling freshwater biodiversity in the field or in leading research involving tropical and/or subtropical aquatic systems is desirable. This work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Xingli Giam at the University of Tennessee (www.giamlab.com).

(2) Habitat associations of migratory land birds in China. This field-based project involves collecting data on the diversity and abundance of migratory land birds during the spring and autumn in a range of natural and anthropogenic habitats in Eastern China, with the goal of developing recommendations for the protection and restoration of suitable habitats for these species. Required skills include extensive experience leading fieldwork and surveying wild bird communities, the ability to identify birds in Eastern China by both sight and sound, strong analytical skills, and fluency in Mandarin. This work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Fangyuan Hua at Peking University (https://www.conservationee.org).

For both positions, a strong publication record demonstrating the relevant skills is highly desirable. These research positions are open to all regardless of citizenship and do not support work towards the completion of a degree. A Ph.D. is required. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Positions are funded for one year with the possibility of renewal for one or more additional years based on satisfactory performance.

Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. References may be contacted for the candidates who make the shortlist for this position. The submission must be online via AHIRE link.: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/26783

The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. Anticipated start date is January 2023. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

Requisition No: D-23-SPI-00001

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Biodiversity Conservation #2

The Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher to conduct research related to biodiversity conservation, with a dual focus on (a) rural cropland abandonment and (b) development of metrics suitable for crediting biodiversity offsets. The research is designed to facilitate the development of effective yet practical policy solutions to important conservation issues.

This position reports to Professor David S. Wilcove (see https://scholar.princeton.edu/dwilcove).

Details on the two areas of research are as follows:

(1) Rural cropland abandonment. When people in rural communities move to urban areas, croplands are abandoned. We seek someone to study the factors determining whether those abandoned croplands remain abandoned for many years or are recultivated. This work will entail approximately three-quarters of the successful applicant's time.

(2) Metrics for biodiversity offsets. There is growing international interest in developing and implementing biodiversity offsets to mitigate activities (e.g., infrastructure and commercial development, expansion of croplands) elsewhere that are harmful to biodiversity. The successful applicant will devote approximately a quarter of their time to developing scientifically sound, practical metrics for such offsets, in collaboration with colleagues at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore.

Qualifications for this position include experience with biodiversity conservation issues related to agriculture; extensive geospatial analytical skills; and familiarity with biodiversity metrics. A strong publication record demonstrating the relevant skills is highly desirable, as is experience interacting with land managers and landowners. The position may entail some fieldwork involving interviews with land managers and landowners.

These research positions are open to all regardless of citizenship and do not support work towards the completion of a degree. A Ph.D. is required. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Positions are funded for one year with the possibility of renewal for one or more additional years based on satisfactory performance.

Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. References may be contacted for the candidates who make the shortlist for this position. The submission must be online via AHIRE link.: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/28243

The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. Anticipated start date is January 2023. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

Requisition No: D-23-SPI-00022

 

Please visit the Dean of the Faculty's hiring website to learn about opportunities in other related departments.