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Visiting Fellow/Sugarman Practitioner in Residence/ Kahneman-Treisman Center Behavioral Science

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Visiting Fellow/Sugarman Practitioner in Residence/ Kahneman-Treisman Center Behavioral Science
Princeton University

Princeton University's Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy ( is an interdisciplinary center that leverages the combined strengths of the Princeton University faculty across a range of disciplines-psychology, sociology, economics, machine learning, and politics, among others-to help design behaviorally informed policies, practices, and products. The Center seeks candidates for our inaugural Sugarman Practitioner in Residence position with an expected start date in January 2022, or soon thereafter. The successful applicant will be appointed to a term of up to 18 months based on their individual circumstances and availability. The ideal Sugarman Resident will be pursuing a breakthrough solution to a society-relevant problem, the success of which depends on understanding certain aspects of human behavior, and which could benefit from the support, guidance, and mentorship of members of Princeton's academic community.The Practitioners in Residence we envision may range from young entrepreneurs, app developers, leaders of non-governmental organizations, and policy wonks, to activists, climate scientists, leaders of social, cultural, or health-related movements, architects, designers, urban planners, and so on. Residents will be engaged in a project of their own proposing that can benefit from the application of behavioral science tools and insights. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens and need not have held an academic appointment or have an advanced degree. Applicants should have a clear problem statement and propose a project to be the focus of the residency. We are not looking for research proposals; projects should be designed to yield a product, app, campaign, or other constructive intervention. Completion of the project is not necessary during the residency, though the hope is that much forward progress will be realized through interaction with the Princeton community. The application should include a clearly stated problem and proposed approach, where the applicant hypothesizes that the gap between the current state of affairs and an improved future could be solved by addressing some aspect of human motivation, judgment, decision, perception, etc. - whether individual or collective. The problem statement should also include an outline of the steps that the applicant envisions to work through during the residency, the anticipated outcome if successful, and the types of local experts whose insights may prove fruitful. During the appointed term, the Sugarman Resident will be affiliated with Princeton University, but with no formal teaching responsibilities. Like an "artist-in-residence" program, this position will provide the resident practitioner a sanctuary from the everyday responsibilities that can impede breakthrough thinking, along with the opportunity to deepen engagement with the behavioral sciences and related policy tools through collaboration with university faculty. A $51,000 stipend is provided for a 6-month appointment in the rank of Visiting Fellow, renewable up to three consecutive terms. Full-time residency is not required, however Residents should be on campus enough throughout the appointment period to facilitate meaningful engagement with Princeton faculty, fellows, and students, who, the hope is, will benefit from the Resident's knowledge and applied approach. Applicants must apply online at Please submit your proposed project statement (as described above, not to exceed 5 pages), a current resume or curriculum vitae outlining past projects undertaken, and a cover letter describing your background, interest in the program, and length of appointment requested. If you have any questions about this position or the application process, please feel free to contact Leslie Rowley at [email protected] All offers and appointments are subject to review and approval by the Dean of the Faculty.



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