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Requisition # 2020-12118
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(11/19/2020 12:46 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 # 2020-12130
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(11/18/2020 8:06 PM)
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute has a Research Manager 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 typical function and autism. The Research Manager will collaborate with graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows in the lab on various projects related to cerebellar neural circuits. Duties will include the performance of neuroscience experiments, management of data analysis, keeping manuscript and figure preparation on track, and keeping the publication process on track.The ideal applicant will be a self-directed professional with substantial previous research experience in histology, microscopy, and rodent systems neuroscience methods including surgery and behavior. She/he should also have a significant publication record as first or collaborating author. 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.
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Wang Lab
Requisition # 2020-12135
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(11/18/2020 7:19 PM)
The Chan Laboratory in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a Research Specialist I or II. Our research uses high thoughput genomics to understand the early stages of mouse development, including building new technologies and computational tools. Our current focus is to perform lineage tracing experiments using a CRISPR-Cas9 technology coupled with single cell RNA-seq to observe the cell fate map for embryogenesis. The Research Specialist will manage the lab, provide general research support to the lab and work with the PI and other lab members to design and execute experiments. Lab management responsibilities will include organizing the lab, increasing lab efficiency, ordering/inventory, maintaining equipment, and training new lab members. The Research Specialist will also perform molecular biology procedures, including DNA/RNA preparation, PCR, cloning plasmids and preparing sequencing libraries. Tissue culture experience, specifically with mESC culture is a plus. The rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Salary will include the full benefits package. The position is open and review of applications will begin immediately. Anticipated start date is 1st of January 2021 or later. This will be a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal given satisfactory job performance and continued funding.
Department
Integrative Genomics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Chan
Requisition # 2020-12112
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(11/18/2020 9:37 AM)
The Behavior Lab is seeking an individual to work for ~10 hours/week on projects related to social psychology, social norms, and environmental sustainability that aim to inform psychological interventions and shift society towards addressing climate change and other social problems. Current projects include a meta-analysis on social norm effects, and understanding the influence of networks of social norms on attitudes towards renewable energy.  Position is ideal for someone considering a research career in quantitative social science and interested in applying research to address social problems. This position also includes opportunities to learn and develop research skills and receive professional mentorship (e.g., in preparation for applying to a PhD). 
Department
Andlinger Cntr for Energy/Env
Full-Time / Part-Time
Temporary
Category
Research and Laboratory
Application Deadline
12/18/2020
Requisition # 2020-12129
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(11/17/2020 12:34 PM)
Organizational Psychology Research Assistant will work on an umbrella project on organizational and corporate behavior in the context of climate change. This work draws on research about social norms and networks, decision making, and behavior from social psychology and sociology, but adapts this literature to the context of the organization. One of the current projects focuses on climate finance and divestment decisions by large corporations. This position will also involve some general research support work for the lab. Position is ideal for someone considering a research career in quantitative social science (or management, finance and business) and interested in applying research to address social problems. This position also includes opportunities to learn and develop research skills and receive professional mentorship (e.g., in preparation for applying to a PhD).  Position may be adjusted to full-time depending on experience level and needs.
Department
Andlinger Cntr for Energy/Env
Full-Time / Part-Time
Part-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Weber Research Group
Requisition # 2020-12127
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(11/17/2020 12:27 PM)
Social Psychology Research Specialist will work on projects related to social psychology, social norms, and environmental sustainability that aim to inform psychological interventions and shift society towards addressing climate change and other social problems. Current projects include a meta-analysis on social norm effects, and understanding the influence of networks of social norms on attitudes towards renewable energy.  Position is ideal for someone considering a research career in quantitative social science and interested in applying research to address social problems. This position also includes opportunities to learn and develop research skills and receive professional mentorship (e.g., in preparation for applying to a PhD).  Position may be adjusted to full-time depending on experience level and needs.
Department
Andlinger Cntr for Energy/Env
Full-Time / Part-Time
Part-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Weber Lab
Requisition # 2020-12121
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(11/17/2020 9:29 AM)
The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES), the successor to the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science, at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students for 8-10 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at the NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction. 
Department
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Full-Time / Part-Time
Temporary
Category
Research and Laboratory
Application Deadline
1/18/2021
Requisition # 2020-12104
Date Posted 3 weeks ago(11/7/2020 10:41 AM)
 An NSF-funded multi-investigator collaboration is seeking a software engineer to help develop a standardized format for exchanging computational models among neuroscience, cognitive science and machine learning. The project was recently funded by NSF’s Convergence Accelerator Program and involves Princeton Neuroscience Institute; The University of Texas at Austin; University College London; Yale Computer Science Department; and Intel Labs in collaboration with members of the broader community. The Software Engineer will be an integral member of the Convergence Accelerator Project team in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. The team will develop a cross-platform interdisciplinary model to accelerate convergence of software. The Software Engineer will be responsible for implementing a prototype of the core specification and a select set of domain-specific features and functionality identified through community input and prioritized by the Core Team. They will also interact with other research software engineers and experts in the various communities to provide support for applications within the project parameters. The software engineer will attend all focus groups to gain first-hand understanding of user needs and provide technical expertise as part of the prioritization process (e.g.to assess feasibility, timelines of implementation). Involvement can be remote. This is a 9 month term position with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding.
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Cohen Lab
Requisition # 2020-12095
Date Posted 4 weeks 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 # 2020-12094
Date Posted 1 month ago(11/2/2020 2:34 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). This position will have a significant role in data quality assurance and programming for the current Year 22 wave of data collection, developing new supplemental administrative data files to append to data in the FFCWS archive, and providing technical data support and outreach for FFCWS. This position will support Principal Investigators and collaborators, project staff, and 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 highly-sensitive data from this prominent NIH-funded longitudinal study.   The successful candidate will be a self-starter and able to manage projects independently. The Research Specialist II will be required to develop a deep understanding of FFCWS survey data files, efficiently code Stata programs, and quality check data files using a meticulous attention to detail. The Research Specialist II is expected to provide technical support to researchers 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.  To apply, a CV/resume along with a cover letter outlining general interests and career goals is required.
Department
Population Research
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11976
Date Posted 1 month ago(11/2/2020 10:57 AM)
The Princeton Program in Public Economics is looking to hire 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 Professor OwenZidar along with his co-authors, on topics such as income and wealth inequality, entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and the analysis of tax and social insurance policies. Professor Zidar’s prior pre-docs have gone on to Ph.D. programs in economics at Harvard, UC Berkeley, and University of Chicago. Opportunity for candidate to take one graduate or undergraduate course per semester. 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 2021. The position is based in Princeton, NJ, though some RAs live in the metropolitan area and work remotely for part of the week. During the COVID-19 crisis, all work is remote.   
Department
Economics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12082
Date Posted 1 month 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 # 2020-12037
Date Posted 2 months ago(10/5/2020 3:24 PM)
The Research Speciliast II for the Arab Barometer assists with the maintenance and development of Arab Barometer data. During the data collection phase, this includes programming the questionnaire, validating the programming, quality control checks on data, data cleaning, and management of Arab Barometer survey data. The position also assists in data analysis for research projects including modeling, diagnostics, and graphic visualization for reports, articles and other publications. The Arab Barometer is a nonpartisan research network that provides insight into the social, political, and economic attitudes and values of ordinary citizens across the Arab world. The Arab Barometer has been conducting high quality and reliable public opinion surveys in the Middle East and North Africa since 2006. It is the largest repository of publicly available data on the views of men and women in the MENA region.  **This position is based at the Arab Barometer's office in Washington, DC. It is a term position ending on March 31, 2022, with the possibility of renewal.**
Department
Politics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12007
Date Posted 2 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 # 2020-12009
Date Posted 2 months ago(9/29/2020 11:40 AM)
 As the entire United States redraws every state and congressional district over the next two years, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project (PGP) aims to support fair and transparent redistricting during this critical juncture in American democracy. We have pioneered new methods for data collection and map analysis, and are helping to advance legal arguments and redistricting legislation to help reformers in all 50 states. As part of these efforts, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project is recruiting a Computational Research Analyst. The Computational Research Analyst will work to develop OpenPrecincts, a comprehensive, legislative-quality database of voting precincts across the U.S.; will provide technical analysis to state-level partner organizations; and will participate in outreach to civic organizations to support their use of PGP data within their reform efforts. This position is suitable for someone who is between college and graduate school. More experienced applicants are also welcome. This is a one-year term position with the probability of extension contingent upon performance and continued funding.
Department
Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12011
Date Posted 2 months ago(9/28/2020 5:59 PM)
The International Economics Section has several openings for Research Assistants (i.e., Senior Research Specialists). These positions offer an ideal transitional job for recent graduates who are interested in international economics and are considering further studies in economics. They offer the opportunity to see what a career doing frontier academic research involves.
Department
International Economics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12004
Date Posted 2 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 # 2020-11900
Date Posted 3 months ago(9/10/2020 4:25 PM)
The Ayroles laboratory at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics seeks applicants for a Senior Research Specialist position. We are looking for creative and passionate people at various stage in their careers. The research scientist will work closely with the PI and a number of postdocs and graduate students on data generation and protocol development. The candidate will have the opportunity to co-author publications and, depending on their background and experience, craft their own research projects. Training and guidance will be provided for those aspects of the job in which the candidate is lacking sufficient expertise. The rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.  The position is open and review of applications will begin immediately. This is a one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued funding and satisfactory performance. Lab overview: Our group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to study the biological basis for individual variation. We seek to understand how genes interact with each other and their environment to shape variation between individuals. Despite considerable effort and resources, little progress has been made in human genetics towards understanding the genetic basis for diseases that are clearly associated with environmental exposure (e.g. diet, toxins) but have a clear heritable component (e.g. cardiovascular disease, asthma). It is well established in quantitative genetics that stressful environmental exposure tends to increase the phenotypic variance of a population. In other words, stress tends to decrease organismal robustness. But how and why? And most importantly, why do some individuals appear to be more sensitive than others to such environmental perturbations? To address this question, we use model systems such as Drosophila to systematically delineate how individual respond to changing conditions under both normal and stressful environments. Our goal is to (1) achieve a better understanding of differential response activities at the behavioral, transcriptional and metabolic level and (2) identify and characterize context-specific responses - especially with respect to genetic background. Various projects in the lab are unified by our interest in understanding the interplay between genetic and environment variation whether we are pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with model organism or translating our findings to human biology.
Department
Integrative Genomics
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Ayroles
Requisition # 2020-11899
Date Posted 3 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 # 2020-11814
Date Posted 5 months ago(7/13/2020 3:12 PM)
Princeton University's Department of Molecular Biology seeks applicants for a Research Specialist position to join a laboratory focused on studying RNA using programmable, CRISPR-based technologies. The Myhrvold Lab at Princeton University develops cutting-edge, CRISPR-based technologies to study RNA viral infection and RNA transcription, regulation, and localization. We are also developing CRISPR-based viral diagnostics and antiviral therapies with the aim of creating a rapid development platform for new viral diagnostics and therapies, in close collaboration with Pardis Sabeti’s lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. This position is a term appointment of two years with possibility of renewal contingent on performance and continued funding.
Department
Molecular Biology
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Name of Lab
Myhrvold

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