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Requisition # 2021-12353
Date Posted 10 hours ago(1/26/2021 5:54 PM)
The Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) at Princeton University is seeking a Research Specialist II to provide data management, statistical analysis, and operational support for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS). FFCWS is a unique national study that is following a sample of children born in 20 U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000, many of whom are economically disadvantaged. Follow-up interviews with parents and (beginning at age 9) children were conducted when the children were approximately ages 1, 3, 5, 9, and 15. A new round of surveys, at Age 22, began in 2020. The Research Specialist II will play a significant role in data quality assurance and programming for the current Year 22 wave of data collection, developing new supplemental data files to append to data in the FFCWS archive, and providing technical data support and outreach for FFCWS. The position will support Principal Investigators and collaborators, project staff, external researchers, and students using the FFCWS data. The ideal applicant will have strong programming skills (Stata preferred), with the ability to help manage, support, and expand a large archive of data from this prominent study.   The successful candidate will be a self-starter and able to manage projects independently. They will be required to develop a deep understanding of FFCWS data files, efficiently code Stata programs, and quality check data files with a meticulous attention to detail. They will be expected to provide technical support to researchers from a variety of backgrounds with clear and concise written and verbal explanations. They should be able to thrive in a flexible, team-based work environment, and be committed to continued learning and training in areas such as data management and statistical analysis. The ideal applicant will also have familiarity with the experiences of economically disadvantaged families like those in the FFCWS sample. To apply, a CV/resume along with a cover letter outlining general interests and career goals is required.  Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Department
Population Research
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2021-12327
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(1/15/2021 10:59 AM)
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has a Research Specialist I position available in the lab of Professor Ilana Witten. The successful applicant will be energetic, self-motivated and detail-oriented, with at least 2 years of experience in a wet lab research setting. Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, and a list of at least two potential referees. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal contingent upon performance and continued funding. 
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Witten Lab
Requisition # 2020-12243
Date Posted 3 weeks ago(1/5/2021 1:40 PM)
The Princeton Social Neuroscience Lab is seeking a full-time research specialist to begin Summer 2021. The lab uses functional neuroimaging, behavioral techniques, and machine learning to study thought, social cognition, and imagination. Review of applications will proceed on a rolling basis, beginning Feb 1, 2021.This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory perfomance and continued funding. 
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Princeton Social Neuroscience Lab
Requisition # 2020-11953
Date Posted 1 month ago(12/18/2020 11:45 AM)
The Seung Lab is looking for bright, energetic, and rad people to join our neuroscience lab as image analysts / image annotators. What is key is an interest in scientific innovation and an appreciation for gaming. The Seung Lab is trying to tease apart the mysteries of neuroscience by using machine learning algorithm to lead the charge into connectomics - an ambitious effort to map wiring diagram of the nervous system. We expect these reconstructions enable dramatic leaps in our understanding of brain function.The successful assistant will be involved with the annotation of brain images from serial electron microscopy for mouse, zebrafish and fly connectomic projects badly needed for decades from neuroscience community. The assistants will use custom computer software to assemble 3D reconstructions of neurons from fragments and use Photoshop-style software to color cellular structures cross sections in images. As an Image Analyst, you will provide quality-assured results and work with a growing team of talented researchers and developers. You will learn about neuroscience knowledge and basic machine learning pipeline to make you succeed in your work. Applicants are recommended to play the game www.eyewire.org and include their username and scores in the application.The lab maintains an atmosphere that is relaxed, friendly, and permeated by a slightly dark sense of humor. You will get the warm satisfaction of working FOR SCIENCE!
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Temporary
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Seung
Application Deadline
10/11/2020
Requisition # 2020-12210
Date Posted 2 months ago(12/10/2020 1:32 PM)
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 goal of the CITP Emerging Scholars program is to train scholars who have completed their undergraduate studies but require more coursework or research preparation to improve their chances of admission to highly competitive Ph.D. programs or another competitive career path. The program provides intensive research and/or work experience, 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 technology policy disciplines.  CITP Emerging Scholars program participants are hired as salaried research specialists for a period of two years to conduct research under the direction of a faculty mentor and will receive all benefits associated with their status as regular University staff.  Applicants must apply online at URL. Candidates are encouraged to apply by January 10, 2021 for full consideration.Interested applicants must submit:- CV- Transcripts (official or unofficial)- Two recommendation letters from references (at least one academic reference), which should be sent directly from the letter writer to email address citp@princeton.edu.- 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 research and policy done at CITP please visit https://citp.princeton.edu/our-work/, and to learn more about projects potential mentors are working on please visit the mentor's webpage)(3) what they hope to gain from the program in terms of their long term and short-term career goals CITP is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourage 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 citp@princeton.edu. 
Department
Center for Info Tech Policy
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12196
Date Posted 2 months ago(12/9/2020 10:45 AM)
The Department of Economics is looking to hire a full-time pre-doctoral fellow (Senior Research Specialist). The position involves responsibilities that serve as excellent preparation for Ph.D. programs in economics including data processing and analysis, design, implementation, and management of experiments, literature reviews, communicate with funding organizations. The research fellow will work with Professor Sylvain Chassang. The position is based in Princeton, NJ though the RA may live in the metropolitan area and work remotely for part of the week. During the COVID-19 crisis, all work is remote. Please include the names and contact information for three references with your submission materials. This is a 12 months position, with a possibility to extend it to 18 months. End date is dependent on start date, which may vary.
Department
Economics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12161
Date Posted 2 months ago(12/2/2020 10:34 AM)
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a Research Specialist I to join the laboratory of Joshua Rabinowitz. Our lab aims to obtain a quantitative understanding of metabolism in eukaryotes ranging from yeasts to mice. More specifically, our bioenergy-oriented goal is to identify and understand metabolic regulation in model and non-model yeasts, with the overarching goal of applying this knowledge to guide rational metabolic engineering design for biofuel production. Discoveries on novel metabolic pathway regulation are made initially by carefully designed isotope-tracing experiments, in which the lab is a world leader, and followed by validation with a few biochemical and genetic approaches. The position is open and review of applications will begin immediately. This will be a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance. Salary will include the full benefits package.
Department
Integrative Genomics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Rabinowitz
Requisition # 2020-12095
Date Posted 3 months ago(11/3/2020 11:23 AM)
The Department of Physics at Princeton University seeks a technical assistant to work on all packaging requirements for the Simons Observatory (SO) detectors and readout under the supervision of Professor Suzanne Staggs. SO will consist of a suite of new telescopes, which aim to observe the cosmic microwave background with unprecedented sensitivity. The packaging of the cutting-edge SO detectors and readout is taking place at Princeton. Tasks will include wire bonding (both Al and Au) to interconnect superconducting circuits, using automated die bonding to glue silicon chips to silicon wafers, inventorying and inspecting parts, quality assurance validation andother associated assembly and packaging tasks. The technical assistant will additionally help work to make the assembly process robust and automated. The successful applicant must be prepared to work effectively with a variety of graduate students and faculty, and be flexible enough to respond to evolving plans as methods are optimized.  This is a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal.
Department
Physics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Staggs Lab - Simons Observatory
Requisition # 2020-12082
Date Posted 3 months ago(10/27/2020 12:26 PM)
The Legal/Policy Analyst assumes a leading role in redistricting and election policy nationwide. The incumbent will help work closely with reform organizations to understand and evaluate the implications of proposed reforms, laws, and litigation, focusing on PGP’s priority states. This work will include performing legal and legislative analysis, testifying at public hearings, drafting amicus briefs, and help advocates understand what’s likely to work. This position will provide public communication about these issues through newsletters, reports, one-pagers, and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project's 50-state reforms page. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal contingent upon performance and funding.
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12007
Date Posted 4 months ago(9/30/2020 2:23 PM)
The Research Specialist will assist a group of economics and finance faculty members (including Atif Mian, Adrien Matray, David Schoenherr, Natalie Cox, Moritz Lenel, Jonathan Payne, and Motohiro Yogo) in various aspects of their research. The research projects address questions in macroeconomics, finance, and public policy. The position involves a variety of tasks that provide preparation for graduate school, such as: managing large data sets, statistical programming and data visualization, conducting literature reviews, summarizing research findings, and editing research papers. The senior research specialist will work under the general direction of 2-3 faculty or postdoctoral supervisors and may also work collaboratively with at least one other senior research specialist.   In addition to working closely with faculty, senior research specialists participate in the vibrant academic life of Princeton University, including auditing classes, attending seminars, and interacting with undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the Center.  This position is ideal for graduating seniors or master’s degree students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics after acquiring 1-2 years of full-time research experience. Following the completion of this position, previous research specialists have gone on to top Ph.D. programs at Stanford, MIT, Northwestern, London School of Economics, Columbia, Barcelona GSE, and U. of Maryland. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The end date is dependent on the start date, which may vary, but will likely be during Summer 2021. The position is based in Princeton, NJ, but during the COVID-19 crisis, all work is remote.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Short-listed applicants will be invited to complete a technical exercise and an interview. Selected candidates will be required to successfully pass a background check. Candidates should upload the following: - Cover letter and resume- List of three references- Transcripts from all previous academic programs- A written research paper (undergrad thesis, term paper, etc.)- Sample of code (ideally for same paper)
Department
Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Application Deadline
4/30/2021
Requisition # 2020-12004
Date Posted 4 months ago(9/26/2020 1:13 PM)
The Department of Sociology at Princeton University seeks applicants for a full-time post-baccalaureate research assistant position in the Eviction Lab. Successful candidates will have a background in statistics, data science, economics, quantitative social science, and/or computer science. he Eviction Lab at Princeton University is an interdisciplinary and multi-generational research team who has built the first-ever national database of evictions in America. We have validated, mapped, and published our data through an interactive website (evictionlab.org). The Eviction Lab is currently working on a large number of studies on the prevalence, causes, and consequences of housing displacement.  Research assistants will have access to novel and very large datasets not publicly released. In the coming years, the Eviction Lab will begin several new initiatives, including a Joint Statistical Project with the U.S. Census, involving the merging of over 80 million eviction records with several administrative databases and an analysis of the restricted-use file of the American Housing Survey (2017), which will entail the first estimation of informal evictions in national perspective.  We seek self-driven, creative thinkers with strong quantitative skills to assist with research analysis and publication of research findings on housing instability, urban inequality, and public policy. Successful candidates must have previous experience managing and analyzing quantitative data using sophisticated statistical or computer programming techniques. Proficiency in R or Stata is required, previous experience with Python, ArcGIS, web scraping, accessing data through APIs, advanced data visualization, managing large datasets, or working with administrative data is a plus. Previous coursework in  sociology, urban studies, or housing instability is not required but useful; an intellectual interest in applying rigorous data analysis to real-world problems is essential. Salary is competitive and is benefits-eligible. Applicants should submit a dossier including: (1) a complete vita, (2) a cover letter of interest, (3) names and contact information of up to three persons who can serve as references, (4) a writing sample that includes quantitative analysis. All materials should be submitted as 1 continuous pdf. Materials submitted by regular mail or email will not be accepted.
Department
Sociology
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11899
Date Posted 5 months ago(8/18/2020 12:15 PM)
 The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has a Research Specialist I/II position available to work in the laboratory of Professor Samuel S.-H. Wang. The lab’s mission is to understand how the cerebellum contributes to the development of cognition and sociality in the mammalian brain, in both normal function and autism. The research specialist will collaborate with graduate students or postdoctoral research fellows in the lab on various projects related to cerebellar neural circuits. The ideal applicant will be energetic, self-directed learners with previous research experience. They should have basic laboratory skills and proficiency in rodent behavioral experiments.This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. A commitment of at least two years is preferred.Level/grade will be commensurate with the qualifications of the selected candidate. 
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Wang Lab
Requisition # 2019-10707
Date Posted 1 year ago(8/9/2019 11:23 AM)
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has a Senior Research Specialist position available for theCircuits of coGnitive Systems collaboration (braincogs.org). This project seeks to understand how multiple brain regions work together to carry out cognitive processing using mice as a model system for mammalian brain function. Our project, funded by the NIH BRAIN initiative, is a collaboration between the research groups of Carlos Brody, Mark Goldman (UC Davis), Jonathan Pillow, Sebastian Seung, David Tank, Sam Wang, and Ilana Witten.  The primary responsibility of this position is to provide technical support for the custom optical and behavioral instrumentation used within the multiple laboratories in our project. These systems will be used for large scale optical recording and optogenetic perturbation studies on the mechanisms of working memory and decision-making. After proper training, the successful candidate will also be expected to assist other researchers with the usage of several commercial instruments (confocal microscope, light sheet microscopes, slide scanner). Work will be performed in conjunction with the recently established Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics. The successful candidate will work with Bezos Center management and faculty to develop and support the imaging tools and peripheral instrumentation.  This is initially a one-year position with the possibility of renewal, based on satisfactory funding and performance. A commitment of at least two years is preferred.  A bachelor's degree in a science or engineering field is required. A master's or PhD degree is preferred.
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory

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