Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow

New Jersey
12 Nov 2020
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21 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for its Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows program, with start dates as early as June 2021. This program supports outstanding scholars whose research focuses on innovative solutions to pressing technological, economic, and/or policy challenges relating to energy and the environment. 

Fellows must collaborate with two or more Princeton faculty or senior researchers within an energy or environment-related field and establish an interdisciplinary research plan that aligns with the Andlinger Center's mission. Candidates whose plans forge new collaborations with or between associated faculty and researchers in the Andlinger Center's research directory are strongly preferred. 
This program provides a unique opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to:
*develop their careers working with research mentors who are experts in their fields; 
*pursue broad interdisciplinary research with science, engineering, technology, policy, and social dimensions;
*engage in fundamental or applied research of a theoretical and/or experimental nature.

Appointments are anticipated for two years, with renewal after the first year contingent upon satisfactory performance. Fellows will hold the rank of postdoctoral research associate and be provided a competitive salary, standard benefits, and funding of up to $2,000 per year to support conference and career development travel.

Participation in teaching by fellows is not required; however, fellows may offer guest lectures in courses, with guidance from Princeton mentor(s). Interested fellows are encouraged to pursue workshops and training in pedagogy offered through Princeton's McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

Application process 
For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by December 15, 2020, 11:59 pm EST. 

Eligible candidates must have received their PhD in a related field no later than three years prior to the anticipated start date.
Applicants will be asked to identify in their application two or more Princeton faculty or senior researchers with whom they intend to collaborate, at least one of whom must be identified as primary mentor(s).  Mentors will be asked to submit a letter assessing the candidate's academic strength and proposed research plan and to commit a portion of the financial support.

Applicants must submit the materials listed below through This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

*Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
*A research plan with a maximum length of two pages, prepared in consultation with the Princeton mentor(s).  The plan must explain the research context, the interdisciplinary framework of its objectives, and the anticipated impact of the proposed research. The plan should clearly articulate the technological or policy solutions proposed to address energy and environmental challenges and demonstrate a strong connection to the Andlinger Center's mission. The research can be applied or fundamental, theoretical or experimental, or a combination of such.
*A personal statement (one to two pages) demonstrating how the fellowship advances the applicant's career plans and identifying possible additional mentors that he/she plans to cultivate during the fellowship.
*Contact information for the applicant's Princeton mentor(s) and two additional non-Princeton references, who will be asked to write letters of support.

Questions about the fellowships or application process may be directed to the Andlinger Center's assistant director for research, Charles Sharpless ( 

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