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Princeton Postdoctoral Researcher: Hazards, Impacts, and Human Responses to Climate Change

Princeton University, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
Princeton, New Jersey (US)
Starting salary for first year after PhD is $65,000.
Closing date
Feb 18, 2024

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Global Environmental Change, Interdisciplinary/Other, Natural Hazards, Ocean Science, Social Sciences
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The Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for postdoctoral associates or more senior researchers to conduct research on the impacts of climate change and resulting human responses. Successful applicants should be skilled in one of two areas of research: 1) modeling of physical characteristics of extreme events (particularly heat waves and tropical cyclones or other extreme coastal events) in a changing climate, relevant to impacts on individuals, households, and social systems, or 2) econometric or other quantitative methods and modeling approaches applied to assessment of human migration and other sensitivities and responses to climate change. Our overall research effort in this domain aims to combine diverse methods and lines of evidence to assess the probability of climate change impacts and outcomes, especially with respect to compound or multi-risk events. Allied efforts focus on improving public policy responses to these risks.

The position reports to Professor Michael Oppenheimer and will collaborate with other researchers in Princeton's Departments of Geosciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute. The appointment will be through the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. The appointment is for one year, and may be renewed pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.

A PhD is required in a related field. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines.

Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest. References may be contacted for the candidates who make the shortlist for this position. The submission must be online via.:

The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.

We at the School of Public and International Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion - fundamental to the success of our education and research mission. This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

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.


C-PREE provides a nexus for interdisciplinary research and policy analysis aimed at addressing the world’s environmental problems.  C-PREE tackles key issues such as global climate change, air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity, psychology of decision making, and sustainable agriculture.  Its faculty consists of experts across a range of disciplines who are both leading scholars and have served as practitioners in government, NGOs, and the private sector.  The real-world relevance of C-PREE’s research also derives from its home in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, enabling C-PREE to connect the School's expertise in policy and social science with the natural science and engineering research of the Princeton Environmental Institute, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and with other departments across Princeton University.

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