Postdoctoral Research Associate/The Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP)

Princeton, NJ
Jul 08, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

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. 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. 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.