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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Political Science and Public Policy

Posted: 11/19/2018 (Employment)

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate appointment in the broad field of political science and public policy for the 2019-2020 Academic year. Appointment is for one year with the possibility for extension pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.

In addition to carrying out his or her own research, the appointee will work with a team of three faculty members who co-teach “The Politics of Public Policy,” a fall semester course that covers core lessons of political science for public policy analysis for 70 first-year master’s students. Tasks will involve working in conjunction with the faculty members to: 1) select and organize background materials for case analyses; 2) manage the course’s Blackboard site; 3) grade weekly policy memos; 4) facilitate a weekly discussion section; and 5) design and coordinate a two-week policy simulation exercise. Any teaching is contingent on sufficient enrollments and must be approved by the Dean of the Faculty.

Doctorate in Political Science or Public Policy is required. A focus on race, gender and/or ethnicity and the interaction with policy issues, along with policy experience is highly preferred. The successful candidate will pursue their own research agenda and will be encouraged to explore which of the WWS research centers and/or programs would be the best fit with their particular research interests:

Applicants must apply online at and submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for two recommendations, one of which should be from the principal advisor of the doctorate program.

Review of applications will begin around December 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. If the position is filled by July 1, 2019, there may be scope for participating in a summer policy writing course. A competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits will be offered.

This position is subject to the university’s background check policy.

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Deadline: 01/11/2019

Location: The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University