Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urban Adaptation and Climate Change

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ, US

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, together with the Climate Futures Initiative, are seeking postdoctoral research associate or more senior applications in urban adaptation to climate change, hired at the rank of Associate Professional Specialist, Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior, for the 2017-18 academic year. 

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is an interdisciplinary program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that combines the efforts of a diverse group of faculty, programs, and schools to develop a dynamic and nuanced understanding of urban issues today. Mellon Fellows may be from any discipline. Additional information about the Princeton-Mellon Initiative and the Climate Futures Initiative may be found at and

We seek to attract a Fellow engaged in bridging the environmental sciences, social sciences, planning and architecture and/or the humanities. Fields of specialization might include planning and architecture, cultural studies, geography, history, philosophy, politics, or public policy. We welcome research projects contemplating any given dimension of the relationships between built and natural environments. These could include scholarship on the impact of different urbanization models (e.g.: density vs. sprawl); ethical questions (who wins and who loses in various adaptation scenarios); models of deliberative governance; the arts in the 'anthropocene'; or design solutions to cope with the consequences of climate change. The individual will be required to team-teach an undergraduate course on urban adaptation to changing environmental conditions (contingent upon sufficient enrollments and approval from the Dean of the Faculty), and expected to participate regularly in the events and activities of both the Princeton-Mellon Initiative and the Climate Futures Initiative. We will accept applicants from those who have recently earned a Ph.D. or M.Arch. 

This position is funded through the support of the Princeton Environmental Institute's Urban Grand Challenge, which fosters productive exchanges between students and scholars working in a variety of fields to create an innovative program that combines the study of the natural and built urban environments with a goal of identifying solutions that are sensitive to environmental issues including global change, water resource management, energy efficiency, technology innovation, human and environmental health, as well as equity and fairness, poverty and jobs creation, race, ethnicity, and more intangible notions of belonging.

Please submit a cover letter, vita, 500-word description of a proposed course, brief (chapter or article-length) writing sample, 1,000 word description of a research project that he/she would undertake as a fellow, and contact information for three references by May 12, 2017 for full consideration to

The Mellon research associate will receive a $75,000, 10-month, academic year salary for 2017-18, plus benefits. He or she will be able to draw from a small fund for programs that he/she would like to initiate.  One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Appointment rank will be determined based on the applicant's qualifications at the time of appointment.  This position is subject to the University's background check policy.