Predoctoral Research Specialist

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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 [email protected]
  • 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, 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 [email protected] 

  • The scholars will work with a faculty mentor on research and policy projects and will take 1-2 classes 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.  During the academic year, CITP hosts several public and private events including weekly lunch seminars, panels, workshops, technology policy clinic meetings and reading groups. 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 candidate will begin the program commencing on or about August 2021.
  • If CITP is operating in person at the time of the appointment, selected candidates will be required to be in residence in Princeton or the local vicinity, or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus on a daily basis and on short notice in order to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation.


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 Hours36.25Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoEstimated Appointment End Date8/1/2023Comments Related to End DateThis is a two year term position. Physical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver's License RequiredNo




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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 12/12/2020
Work Type: Full Time