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  • Sugarman Practitioner in Residence 2024-25: The Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy


    Princeton University


    $9,000 per month plus benefits

    Sugarman Practitioner in Residence 2024-25

    The Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Sugarman Practitioner in Residence position with an expected start date in fall 2024. Successful applicants will be appointed to an initial term of 12 months at a salary of $9,000 per month plus benefits, with the option to be extended based on satisfactory performance and continued program funding. The ideal Sugarman Resident will be pursuing a breakthrough solution to a society-relevant problem, the success of which 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. The Practitioners in Residence we envision 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. Like an “artist-in-residence” program, this position provides a sanctuary from everyday responsibilities that can impede breakthrough thinking, along with the opportunity to deepen engagement with the behavioral sciences and related policy tools through collaboration with university faculty.

    Applicants must apply online through Princeton’s hiring portal.

    Applicants need not be U.S. citizens and need not have held an academic appointment or have an advanced degree. The job requistion number is D-24-SPI-00028. Please note: If the candidate is taking a leave from their current employer to pursue this opportunity, they must apply through job requistion number D-24-SPI-00029 for the appointment at the rank of Visiting Professional Specialist. The number of candidates hired at each rank will depend on the qualifications of the overall applicant pools.

    The application should include a clearly stated project and proposed approach, where the applicant hypothesizes that 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. The problem statement (not to exceed 5 pages) 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 Princeton community.

    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.

    The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University. All offers and appointments are subject to review and approval by the Dean of the Faculty and subject to the University’s background check policy.

    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.

    Find out more at If you have questions about this position or the application process, contact Dr. Leslie Rowley, Associate Director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center, at [email protected].

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