Visiting Professional Specialist or Visiting Research Scholar/Sugarman Practitioner in Residence



Job description

Princeton University’s Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy ( is an interdisciplinary center that leverages the combined strengths of faculty & scholars across a range of disciplines-psychology, sociology, economics, machine learning, politics, among others-to help design behaviorally informed policies, practices, and products.

The Center is pleased to accept applications to the Sugarman Practitioner in Residence position with an expected start date in Fall 2023. Successful applicants will be appointed to a term of 10 months at a salary of $9,000 per month plus benefits. The ideal Sugarman Resident will be pursuing a breakthrough solution to a society-relevant problem whose success depends on understanding certain aspects of human behavior, and which could benefit from the support, guidance, and mentorship of members of Princeton’s academic community. Practitioners in Residence may range from young entrepreneurs, app developers, leaders of non-governmental organizations, and policy wonks, to activists, climate scientists, leaders of social, cultural, or health-related movements, architects, designers, urban planners, and so on. During the appointed term, the Sugarman Resident will be affiliated with Princeton University, but with no formal teaching responsibilities.

Applicants need not be U.S. citizens & need not have held an academic appointment or have an advanced degree. Successful candidates who will have received a doctoral degree by the time of the start of the appointment will be appointed at the rank of Visiting Research Associate; candidates without the doctoral degree will be appointed at the rank of Visiting Professional Specialist. Please note: Candidates not affiliated with another institution to which they will return after the residency must apply through the posting for the appointment at the rank of Professional Specialist or Postdoctoral Research Associate. The number of candidates hired at each rank will depend on the qualifications of the overall applicant pools.

Intellectual property that the Practitioner-in-Residence creates or develops during the appointment is subject to Princeton’s policies. As such, in the event that any invention or other licensable intellectual property is made or developed over the course of the project, Princeton’s Office of Technology Licensing will work with the Resident on a case-by-case basis to develop the terms.

A project statement should hypothesize how the gap between the current state of affairs and an improved future could be solved by addressing some aspect of human motivation, judgment, decision, perception, etc.-whether individual or collective. It should also include an outline of the steps that the applicant envisions to work through during the residency, the anticipated outcome if successful, and the types of local experts whose insights may prove fruitful. We are not looking for research proposals; projects should be designed to yield a product, app, campaign, or other constructive intervention. Completion of the project is not necessary during the residency, though the hope is that much forward progress will be realized through interaction with the community.

How to apply

Visiting applicants must apply online at Please submit your proposed project statement (as described above, not to exceed 5 pages), a current resume or curriculum vitae outlining past projects undertaken, and a cover letter describing how this position fits with your background and future aims. Please also include an official letter from your current employer affirming that, should an offer be made, you would be permitted to take leave and accept it to spend the academic year at Princeton University.

If you have questions, contact Dr. Leslie Rowley, Associate Director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center, at [email protected]. All offers and appointments are subject to review and approval by the Dean of the Faculty.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The University Center for Human Values was established in 1990 by an interdisciplinary faculty group led by founding director Amy Gutmann, at the time professor of politics at Princeton and now president of the University of Pennsylvania. The aim was to deepen and enhance collaboration at Princeton among scholars across the disciplines with a shared commitment to research and teaching about values in public and private life.