Senior Research Specialist

Requisition # 2021-13735
Date Posted 2 months ago(11/16/2021 12:06 PM)
Center for Info Tech Policy
Research and Laboratory
Job Type


The Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) is an interdisciplinary center at Princeton University. The center is a nexus of expertise in technology, engineering, public policy, and the social sciences on campus. In keeping with the strong University tradition of service, the center’s research, teaching, and events address digital technologies as they interact with society.


The CITP Emerging Scholars program is a post-baccalaureate program that brings in people who have a bachelor’s degree for two-year staff positions at CITP. The program provides intensive research and/or work experience with real impact, along with coursework, and mentoring. The ideal outcome for participants is to either enter a competitive graduate program or to find an impactful placement in government, nonprofits, or the private sector. The Emerging Scholars program is for people who have received a bachelor's degree (or will receive one by the time of appointment) in fields such as computer science, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, public policy, information science, communication, philosophy, and other related disciplines. 


CITP Emerging Scholars program participants are hired as salaried research specialists and will receive all benefits associated with their status as regular University staff. 


Candidates are encouraged to apply by January 14, 2022 for full consideration.


Applicants must submit:

  • CV
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Two names of references. References of shortlisted candidates will be contacted and asked to send letters directly to email address
  • Statement of purpose: Applicants must provide information about:

(1) how their background and training has prepared them for this position

(2) projects they might want to work on if accepted (to learn more about past research and policy done at CITP please visit, and to learn more about projects potential mentors are working on please visit this link)

(3) what they hope to gain from the program in terms of their long term and short-term career goals



The scholars will work with a mentor on research and policy projects and may take one class per semester. Tuition for these courses is paid by the program.

The scholars will participate in the intellectual life of the center by attending CITP’s regular events and fellows’ meetings. The Emerging Scholars will be housed within CITP’s Fellows’ Program that also hosts several postdoctoral scholars, visiting professionals and professors. The Emerging Scholars will attend activities organized for the fellows including regular fellows' meetings. 



Bachelor's degree is required at the time of appointment. 

Successful candidates will begin the program commencing on or about August 2022.

CITP is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from individuals who identify as members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in this field. If you have any questions about this position or the application process, please feel free to contact us at 


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

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

90 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Estimated Appointment End Date


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required




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