Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows

Job Type
Job Rank
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Job Institution
Princeton University - Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Job Description

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 2022. 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, though proposals that extend existing collaborations in creative new directions will be considered.

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 a stipend of $2,500 per year to support conference and career development travel.


Participation in teaching by fellows is not required, though 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, 2021.

Eligible candidates must have received their PhD in a related field no later than three years prior to the anticipated start date. Preference will be given to candidates who are not currently affiliated with Princeton University.   

We are interested in receiving applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented within the energy and environment-related fields.

Applicants must develop a research proposal in consultation with two or more Princeton faculty or senior researchers with whom they intend to collaborate, at least one of whom must be identified as the 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.

The materials listed below should be submitted by the application deadline through the https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/22542, referencing position D-22-ENE-00004. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

  • Cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
  • Research plan, developed in consultation with the prospective Princeton mentor(s), with a maximum length of two pages.  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. Prospective Princeton mentors will be contacted during application review to ensure that they have been consulted by the applicant in developing the research plan.
  • 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 2-3 references, who will receive an email with instructions on how to send their recommendation.
  • Contact information for the applicant’s prospective Princeton primary mentor(s).

Questions about the fellowships or application process may be directed to the Andlinger Center's assistant director for research, Charles Sharpless (csharpless@princeton.edu).

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.