Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Through its fellowship opportunities, the STEP program provides senior faculty, researchers, practitioners, recent postdoctoral graduates and other researchers an opportunity to participate and contribute to the vital range of research conducted by the program.

STEP offers post-doctoral fellowships and considers requests for self-funded visitors on an ad hoc basis.

Current Position(s)

Postdoctoral Research Positions: Biodiversity Conservation in Indonesia and China; Assessing Effectiveness of Conservation Strategies for Endangered Species.  (new position: July 12, 2018)

The Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at Princeton University invites applicants to apply for the following positions at the postdoctoral level and above. These positions report to Professor David S. Wilcove (see www.princeton.edu/~dwilcove) in the following areas of research:

(1). Social and ecological dimensions of the wild bird trade in Indonesia.  Topics of interest include: how the trade operates, with a focus on the supply chain and the motivations, behavior, and income of bird trappers; determining which attributes of wild versus captive-reared birds are favored by purchasers of birds; using population models to determine sustainable rates of trapping and comparing those rates with current rates.  Experience conducting research in Indonesia and the ability to speak Bahasa Indonesian are highly desirable. Applicants interested in this position should specify which topic they wish to study.  (2). Modeling the impacts of climate change and land-use change on pikas (family Ochotonidae) in China.  Appropriate expertise in ecological modeling required; experience conducting research in China and ability to speak Mandarin are highly desirable. (3). Impacts of hunting and trapping on wild bird populations in eastern China.  Experience working in China and ability to speak Mandarin are required. (4). Analysis of the effectiveness of different conservation strategies in recovering imperiled species of plants and animals, primarily using data from the IUCN Red List.  Experience building and analyzing large biodiversity data sets is required.

These research positions are open to all regardless of citizenship, and do not support work towards the completion of a degree. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines.  Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. All positions are for one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional year, based on performance. The submission must be online via: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/7621
The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy

The impact of Energy Technologies on Air Quality, Climate and Health.

The Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) program invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research on the impact of energy technologies on air quality, climate and health. We seek candidates with doctoral level training in energy economics or policy, atmospheric science (including satellite data analysis and atmospheric chemistry transport modeling), or public health and with an interest and ability to bridge across disciplines and conduct integrated assessments. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Prof. Denise Mauzerall and collaborate with scholars both inside and outside Princeton.

The research position requires a PhD in a relevant field and does not support work towards the completion of a degree. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Applicants must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/6901 and submit a CV, contact information for three references and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest.

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

Biodiversity and the International Bird Trade

STEP invites applicants to apply for a position at the postdoctoral level and more senior level focusing on the international wildlife trade, its impacts on wildlife populations, and methods for improving identification and protection of overexploited species. East Asia is the intended region for this study, although other regions will be considered. Work will emphasize birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fish or other less-studied species. Successful candidates should demonstrate a knowledge of the issue and strong quantitative and natural-history skills. This project will combine diverse methods and lines of evidence to tackling this issue. The position reports to Professor David Wilcove.

The research position does not support work towards the completion of a degree. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Online Application

Postdoctoral Position in Behavioral Decision Science (search closed)

The Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP), Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior researcher in behavioral (decision) science. The position will investigate obstacles to human adaptation to change, in particular climate change. The program seeks candidates with demonstrated interest and ability to bridge across disciplines, including psychology, political science, the environmental sciences, other social and policy sciences, planning, architecture, and engineering. The position would work under the guidance of Prof. Elke Weber and other scholars at Princeton. We welcome research projects that examine mechanisms behind failures to adapt ("status quo bias") shown by individuals, groups, and, in particular, organizations in the public and private sector. We welcome research that explores ways for people and organizations to better relate to their own and collective futures, identifies causal processes that pose barriers to such action, and uses insight into these processes to redesign economic, social, and political decision environments that reduce barriers to the creation of a sustainable future. Familiarity with complex adaptive systems theory and modeling, agent-based models, and/or network analysis is a plus.

The research position does not support work towards the completion of a degree. 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 as well as current and future research interests. Additionally, candidates should include a brief (chapter or article-length) writing sample that demonstrates interdisciplinary interests and accomplishments. Applications must be online via the following link for position req # D-18-WWS-00001:
https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/2201

The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. Preference will be given to applications received by August 7, 2017. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. 

Postdoctoral Research Position: Impacts and Human Responses to Climate Change 

The Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, (STEP) at Princeton University invites applicants to apply for a position at the postdoctoral level and above focusing on the impacts and human responses to climate change. Successful applicants should be skilled at econometric and other quantitative methods applied to assessment of human migration and other sensitivities and responses to climate change. In addition, this research effort will explore combining diverse methods and lines of evidence to assess the probability of climate change impacts and outcomes including responses to sea level rise, extreme heat, and changes in agricultural productivity.   The position reports to Professor Michael Oppenheimer.

See: www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1002632107; http://www.springerlink.com/content/j44738674m504175/fulltext.pdf; www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1317166111

The research position requires a PhD and does not support work towards the completion of a degree. 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. The submission must be online via AHIRE link.: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/3201. (Refer to req #: D-18-WWS-00006.)

 The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled.  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.