About Postdoc Council

The Princeton Postdocs social group was organized in 2006 by postdocs at Princeton (notably Angela Yu, now a professor at UCSD). Since October 2015 PDC is officially recognized by the University. We primarily host social events to build a sense of community among Princeton Postdocs, but are working to introduce professional development programming as well.

The PDC is administered strictly by postdoctoral volunteers and has no outside administrative support: please volunteer by suggesting ideas for events, join the executive committee by emailing pdcofficers AT princeton.edu

Current Council Members

Anja Metelmann is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering since September 2015. Anja received her PhD in Physics from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, and had her first postdoctoral position at the Physics Department of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her current research focuses on the theory of nonreciprocal photon propagation in open quantum systems. If she would have free time, she would spend it with books, b-ball and beautiful people.

Andreas Ritter graduated as Master of Physics at Potsdam University in Germany. He did his PhD in Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University in Australia and had his first postdoc position at National Central University in Taiwan. In 2014 he joined the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. His hobbies include but are not limited to fishing, paragliding, hiking with his 3 dogs, and DJing.

Sarah A Port has been a postdoc in the Department of Molecular Biology since 2016. Sarah studied in Germany, Switzerland and Singapore and received her PhD from the University of Goettingen, Germany. Her research focuses on the structure-function analysis of macromolecular complexes involved in intracellular transport. Sarah loves to travel and discover the world, as well as photography, hiking, music and spending time with friends.

Jacqueline Kariithi is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology since 2016. Jacqueline received her PhD in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her current research focuses on developing strategies for reconciling livelihood patterns in protected area landscapes and examining the human dimensions of environmental conservation. Jacqueline enjoys travelling, salsa dancing, swimming and faith-focused activities.

Fernanda Sofio is a psychologist and psychoanalyst, working in Brazil. She got her MA in Clinical Psychology at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (2007) and her doctoral degree in Social Psychology at the University of São Paulo (2013). She is currently a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate in Portuguese and Spanish at Princeton University. Fernanda has published books, journal articles, and book chapters about Psychoanalysis and the interpretive method.