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Faculty Positions


Global Geophysicist

The Department of Geosciences at Princeton University seeks a global geophysicist to join its Faculty at the Assistant Professor level. 

We are looking for applicants with expertise, research and teaching interests in Earth and planetary geophysics, seismology, geodynamics, or mineral physics. The Department is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. 

The successful candidate will complement our existing strengths and areas of concentration, and enjoy cross-disciplinary ties with University Programs such as the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM), Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE), the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), and other Science Departments. 

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, including a publication list, a statement of research and teaching interests, a separate statement outlining how they see themselves contributing to our mission of building a diverse and inclusive discipline with a strong department, and contact information for three references to: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17221. Evaluation of applications will begin as they arrive; for fullest consideration, apply by December 21, 2020, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Diversity and inclusion are central to Princeton University's educational mission and its desire to serve society. Members of the Geosciences department have a deep commitment to being inclusive. We believe that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas, so we seek to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest individuals as students, faculty, and staff. In applying this policy, we are committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics such as political views, religion, national or ethnic origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran status, disability, genetic information and/or other characteristics protected by applicable law in any phase of its education or employment programs or activities. 

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

 

Postdoctoral & Senior Research Positions


Lecturer

The Geosciences Department at Princeton University seeks applications for a non-tenure track lecturer to teach GEO 202, “Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate,” an introductory undergraduate course for Geoscience majors during the Spring 2021 semester. The course should be lecture and problem-set based and covers topics including the Earth radiative budget, the atmospheric and oceanic circulations, climate change, contemporary carbon cycle and basic concepts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems. We are looking for a creative approach to introductory Earth science that does not overlap too heavily with other Princeton GEO courses.

To apply, please submit an application that includes a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching experience, a one-page course proposal, and contact information for three references via the Princeton University academic hiring site: www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17581. Candidates for this position must have a PhD in Geosciences or a related discipline.

While we are hopeful that it will be possible to hold classes in person on the Princeton University campus, it may be necessary to hold classes virtually for all or part of the semester, or for a subset of students. Please ensure that your course proposal is designed to accommodate remote instruction.

Diversity and inclusion are central to Princeton University's educational mission and its desire to serve society. Members of the Geosciences department have a deep commitment to being inclusive. We believe that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas, so we seek to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest individuals as students, faculty, and staff. In applying this policy, we are committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics such as political views, religion, national or ethnic origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran status, disability, genetic information and/or other characteristics protected by applicable law in any phase of its education or employment programs or activities.

Due to the volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No letters of recommendation are required at this time.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.


Postdoctoral Research Associate - Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences (FFPS) Fellowship

Princeton University invites applications for the newly established Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences (FFPS) Fellowship. We aim to appoint a diverse cohort of early career scientists who will conduct research in physics, broadly defined to include the subdisciplines of astrophysics, biophysics, and geophysics and planetary physics, independently or in collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students. The Fellowship aims to increase excellence at Princeton by bringing scholars with unique backgrounds and insights, whose work will contribute to the promotion of groups that have been historically, and are presently, under-represented in physics and related fields. Candidates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to remedying the historical under-representation of people of color and women in physics (or the physical sciences more generally) through work promoting inclusion, equity, and diversity through teaching, advising, mentoring, advocacy, or public outreach are especially encouraged to apply.

FFPS Fellows will have a primary home in the Department of Physics, of Astrophysical Sciences, or of Geosciences, and will be part of an actively mentored research community across institutional affiliations, which may include the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, the Princeton Gravity Initiative, and other Centers and Programs. The Fellowship includes an annual research fund. Appointments will be made at the postdoctoral or more senior research rank. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2021, although this is flexible. A Ph.D. in the physical sciences or a related field is required.

Interested persons should submit a curriculum vitae, a bibliography, a statement of research interests and plans, and provide contact information for three references by November 4, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST. A personal statement and/or a description of the applicant's work in broadening opportunities in the field should be included as a separate section of the research statement. Applicants must apply via the web at: www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/17561. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 4, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position(s) are filled. Only submissions through the application website will be considered. For further inquiries, contact phychair@princeton.edu.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.


Postdoctoral Research Associate - Metagenomics investigation of novel nitrogen cycling microbes in the marine environment

The Ward lab in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University is seeking a motivated postdoctoral or more senior research associate to explore the pathways and mechanisms of nitrogen transformations in marine systems (oxygen minimum zones, estuaries, coastal environment). This project seeks molecular and biochemical evidence to explain novel nitrogen transformations detected in seawater using metagenomics databases as well as targeted analysis of experimental samples. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility for renewal for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. The preferred start date is 1 March 2021, although this may be adjusted to a mutually-agreed date. The successful applicant will join a diverse lab group in an intellectually broad department, with opportunities for collaboration with scientists working in many aspects of oceanography, climate and environmental sciences. The PI is committed to providing mentorship that facilitates diverse career options going forward. Opportunities for mentoring graduate and undergraduate student researchers are available.

COVID conditions: The laboratory facilities at Princeton University are currently functioning under COVID-safe conditions, subject to University and New Jersey state guidelines. It may be necessary for this work to be performed remotely, depending on COVID conditions. See the University webpage https://ehs.princeton.edu/health-safety-the-campus-community/covid-19-information-and-resources for updates.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD in molecular microbiology/oceanography, bioinformatics, or a related field; peer-reviewed publications; and enthusiasm and drive for independent and collaborative research.

Strong candidates will also be creative and independent thinkers, have effective oral and written communication skills, and possess the ability to collaborate with and mentor a diversity of colleagues including graduate and undergraduate students.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following: (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a description of relevant research experience and motivation/interest in the current position (1 page maximum), and (4) contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references.

All application materials must be submitted online on the Princeton University Academic Hiring website at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/18663.

Review of applications will begin 1 January 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search and position may be sent to Bess Ward (bbw@princeton.edu).

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.