Postdoctoral Research Associate – Social Science Research on Scientific Assessments

Princeton University

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: December 31, 2015

A fulltime postdoctoral research associate is sought who will contribute to social science research into the decision-making of scientists as they conduct major environmental assessments. Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD related to science studies (history and philosophy of science, sociology, anthropology preferred), working knowledge of climate science and politics, and experience in ethnographic and interview methods. The preferred start date is February 1, 2016. The position is for one year with possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and available funding. Salary will depend on the number of years beyond the Ph.D, not to exceed three.

Researcher will be part of a research team that has been studying the history of scientific assessments, and will be expected to coordinate with project members at all four affiliated institutions (Princeton University with Michael Oppenheimer, Harvard University with Naomi Oreskes and Matthew Shindell, New York University with Dale Jamieson, and College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University with Jessica O’Reilly). For this project, the postdoctoral researcher’s primary roles will be to 1) conduct literature research related to the study of knowledge production in major assessments, 2) conduct observations and interviews during ongoing assessments in tandem with other ethnographers, and 3) work with the research team on relevant analysis and publications.

More broadly, the researcher will be part of the Princeton Climate Futures Initiative, co-directed by Marc Fleurbaey, Melissa Lane, and Robert H. Socolow. The Climate Futures Initiative (CFI) is an interdisciplinary research program at Princeton University, administered by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and sponsored by PEI, the Princeton Institute for International Regional Studies (PIIRS) and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE). S/he will be expected to play a leading role in participating in and organizing initiative activities, working with the initiative directors and other members of its steering committee. For more information on CFI, see

Applicants should apply online at, position requisition number 1500491, and submit (1) a cover letter; (2) a brief description of any previous experience in interdisciplinary and/or collaborative research; (3) a statement of research plans and their relation to the research community’s theme; (4) a current curriculum vitae, (5) names and email addresses of two persons who can provide confidential letters of recommendation; and (6) one writing sample (article- or chapter-length).

Questions about the application process for this position may be directed to Michael Oppenheimer {}

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Posted: August 06, 2015