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The Molecular Biology department seeks applicants for an open Glasswasher/Lab Assistant position. The Glasswasher will perform routine non-technical laboratory tasks predominantly mechanical in nature.
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University seeks applicants for a Research Specialist I or II to join the laboratory of Shawn Davidson, Ph.D. whose research focuses on understanding cellular metabolism in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. We are seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to work on a fast-paced interdisciplinary project to use a cutting edge metabolomic platform. The rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. The position will start immediately and will end on June 1, 2023.
The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University is looking for a senior research specialist with advanced quantitative methods skills to assist in the development of projects covering a wide range of cutting-edge social science research.
Community Manager and Staff Scientist, FlyWire The Princeton Neuroscience Institute is a premiere research institute within Princeton University’s campus, dedicated to solving problems at the forefront of neuroscience. Faculty members, research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students work together in a collaborative and creative environment, reflecting Princeton’s reputation for excellence. FlyWire (FlyWire.ai) is an open-science project launched by the Murthy and Seung labs in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute - the goal of FlyWire is to generate and disseminate high-quality whole brain and whole nervous system wiring diagrams (connectomes) for the fruit fly Drosophila. Flies are an important model system for neuroscience research yet the field lacks complete wiring diagrams of their brains. Generating this resource requires state-of-the-art AI technology and infrastructure developed in the Murthy and Seung labs, along with a novel crowdsourcing approach. See https://seunglab.org and https://murthylab.princeton.edu.
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a Research Specialist I/II position to manage a broad collection of live Drosophila (fruit fly) stocks across multiple research laboratories at the Institute (Prs. Michael Levine, Thomas Gregor, Eric Wieschaus, Gertrud Schüpbach, Paul Schedl and Jared Toettcher). This position requires independence and strong organizational skills, as it will entail managing time and resources to successfully maintain this collection – the fruit of decades of work, and a critical resource for current and future research. This position will be essential to supporting cutting-edge research in these labs, which involves a wide array of tools ranging from molecular biology and genetics to genomics and state-of-the-art microscopy. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience. Salary will include the full benefits package. This is a full-time position. This will be a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will start as soon as possible.
The International Economics Section (IES) has an opening for a Research Assistant (i.e., Senior Research Specialist). This position offers an ideal transitional job for recent graduates who are interested in international economics and are considering further studies in economics. It offers the opportunity to see what a career doing frontier academic research involves. The successful candidate will gain experience working with some of the world’s leading researchers in international economics. They will be expected to assemble and manage data sets, to program and simulate non-linear models, and to assist faculty members in all aspects of their research. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance. End date is dependent on start date, which may vary.
The Industrial Relations Section (IRS), a center for research in labor economics and related fields, invites applications from motivated individuals for positions assisting faculty members in all aspects of their research. Recent graduates and those with anticipated graduation dates in spring 2023 are encouraged to apply. We seek candidates who can start on or around June 26, 2023. Please include the names and contact information for three references with your submission materials. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal for a second year. End date is dependent on start date, which may vary. For more information about the research staff experience in the Section, see video introductions of recent Senior Recent Specialists.
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a research technician (Research Specialist I or II) to provide technical support to the Genomics Core Facility by preparing samples and running the high-throughput sequencers. This will be a one-year part-time term position, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding availability and satisfactory job performance. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will start as soon as possible.
The Princeton Program in Public Finance is looking to hire multiple full-time pre-doctoral fellows (Senior Research Specialists). The position involves responsibilities that serve as excellent preparation for Ph.D. programs in economics, including data processing and analysis, survey design, simulation techniques, literature reviews, and presentations. Research fellows will work with Professors Henrik Kleven, Ilyana Kuziemko, and Owen Zidar, along with their co-authors, on topics such as income and wealth inequality, entrepreneurship, gender equality, regional economic development, political economy, and the analysis of tax and social insurance policies. Opportunity for candidates to take one graduate or undergraduate course per semester. The incumbent will assist in the design, implementation, and management of experiments; write summaries of research, perform literature searches and review and assist in the implementation of surveys and interviews related to the field of Public Finance. The position involves empirical analysis, including more sophisticated statistical modeling, and could also involve theoretical work such as coding of model simulations. The position is structured to help individuals prepare for doctoral programs in economics by gaining valuable research experience. In addition to working closely with faculty, senior research specialists have opportunities to participate in Princeton’s vibrant academic life of Princeton University through attending seminars, attending classes, and interacting with students and fellows in the Department of Economics. This is a one-year 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 the Summer or early Fall of 2023. The position is based in Princeton, NJ. The application process entails two main stages. For the first stage, please send a cover letter, transcript, CV and a list of three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through October 15, 2022. For shortlisted candidates, the second stage involves a coding exercise and an interview. Address all queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Economics Section has an opening for a Research Assistant (i.e., Senior Research Specialist). This position offers an ideal transitional job for recent graduates who are interested in international economics and are considering further studies in economics. It offers the opportunity to see what a career doing frontier academic research involves. The successful candidate will gain experience working with some of the world’s leading researchers in international economics. They will be expected to assemble and manage data sets, to program and simulate non-linear models, and to assist faculty members in all aspects of their research. This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance. End date is dependent on start date, which may vary.
This position assists the development of research on the geopolitical implications of climate change by an interdisciplnary group in the Politics Department. Primary tasks includes programming, data collection and cleaning, and online research. The position also assists in data analysis for research projects including modeling, diagnostics, and graphic visualization for reports, articles, and other publications. This is a one-year term, with the possibility for renewal.
Program on Science and Global SecurityPre-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Science & Global Security Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security (SGS), based in the School of Public and International Affairs, is seeking applicants for two Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowships in Science & Global Security starting in the Fall of 2022 and no later than January 16, 2023. Fellows are hired as senior research specialists on a full-time, benefits-eligible basis for 12 months, with the possibility of extension for an additional year.
Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) seeks multiple State Leads to provide oversight and additional coordination in conjunction with BDI management and operations teams. This position will provide additional technical support to ensure continued information flow between monitoring, analysis, and decision makers. In particular, BDI state leads will help explore collaborative options to ensure existing monitoring efforts are successfully integrated into the broader mitigation and resilience environment in their specific state of focus.
The Dickerson lab at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute is looking for a motivated full-time research assistant. Research in the Dickerson lab is at the interface of neurobiology, biomechanics, and behavior and seeks to understand how mechanosensory input structures locomotor output. The lab studies the flight behavior of the fruit fly, Drosophila, combining the powerful genetic tools available for labeling and manipulating neural circuits with cutting-edge imaging in awake, behaving animals (current site: https://www.dickerson.bio.unc.edu).This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding
The McBride Lab at Princeton University is looking for a lab technician to support research on the molecular, neural, and evolutionary basis of mosquito behavior. The technician will devote ~70% of his/her time to specific research projects and the remaining ~30% time to general lab maintenance and support. The technician will be welcomed as a full lab member, attending journal clubs and lab meetings and contributing to a dynamic and interactive lab atmosphere. This is a unique opportunity to become deeply involved in exciting research at the interface of evolution, genetics, and neuroscience and is well-suited for a recent college graduate looking for more experience/focus before graduate school.
Applications are invited from qualified candidates for a research/technical specialist I/II position in the PRISM Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC) at Princeton University. The level will be determined based on the experience and educational level. This Imaging and Analysis Specialist will report to the center director and participate in a multidisciplinary research and education program utilizing a wide range of instrumentation available in the IAC.
Project: Nanoparticle Formation for Biomedical ApplicationsThe Prud'homme lab group has developed confined impinging jet mixers to produce therapeutic nanoparticles. The techniques are used by Pfizer-BioNTech to produce all COVID vaccines, and have been chosen by the Gates Foundation to establish a nanoparticle production line at WuXi Aptec in China. This hourly lab support position will involve laboratory research, chemical storage and disposal, laboratory maintenance, and nanoparticle assembly and characterization.
A full-time Cytometry Specialist I/II position is available in the Flow Cytometry Resource Facility (FCRF) laboratory in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. The FCRF provides support for Princeton University faculty and student research utilizing state-of-the-art flow cytometry and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) techniques and instrumentation. We currently support over 35 Principal Investigator labs on campus working with a wide variety of model systems and assays. This is an excellent opportunity to join our shared resource lab and to develop/expand career skills in a growing field. Position level and salary commensurate with experience. This position reports directly to the Flow Cytometry Resource Facility Director.
Based in Princeton’s School of Public & International Affairs and headed by Prof. Atif Mian, the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance promotes research and teaching at the intersection of finance, macroeconomics and policy. We seek to hire talented and motivated predoctoral research specialists to assist several economics and finance faculty working with the center. This position is ideal for graduating seniors or master’s degree students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or Finance. Previous research specialists have been accepted to top Ph.D. programs including at Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Northwestern, London School of Economics, Columbia, NYU, Barcelona GSE, and U. of Maryland. This is typically a two-year term position renewable after the first year. Successful applicants will start in summer 2023. The position is based in Princeton, NJ.
The Adamson lab in the Molecular Biology Department and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a Research Specialist I or II. The anticipated start-date is 09/01/2022 or later. The Adamson lab is principally a genomics lab focused on studying mechanisms of genome stability maintenance. For our work, we use and develop cutting-edge experimental technologies, including genome editing tools and approaches for performing genetic screens and single-cell RNA-sequencing. A major topic of interest in the lab is genome editing. We seek to understand how modern genome editing tools interact with ‘host’ cell mechanisms.Please visit our website to learn more about our research. Currently, we are seeking highly motivated applicants for two roles: the Research Specialist I/II (this position) and a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Successful candidates for both roles will have the opportunity to work on an exciting project focused on studying DNA mismatch repair in the context of recently developed genome editing tools. Although primarily focused on research, the Research Specialist I/II will also have some lab management responsibilities. This will be a two-year full-time term position, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding availability and satisfactory job performance.