As a postdoc on campus, you should know what is available to you

Useful information and resources

Logistics

Housing

Typical housing prices in the Princeton area are higher than in many parts of the country and start at $900/month for a studio and $1500/month for a one-bedroom apartment. Cheaper apartments with accessible public transportation may be found outside Princeton in neighboring Plainsboro, Princeton Junction, and parts of Lawrenceville and Kingston. Please note that under NJ law, tenants signing a lease are liable for the entire lease period, and should compare prices carefully before signing an agreement. The university also offers Faculty & Staff Housing, for which postdocs may apply as well. Off campus housing information can be obtained through the University Off Campus Housing website, or through TigerTrade. ​

Carpooling & Car sharing

Princeton has partnered with Zimride by Enterprise to help faculty/staff find and share rides with one another and grow the current Princeton Carpool and Vanpool programs.

Car sharing programs for Princeton University staff are offered by Enterprise CarShare and Zip Car.

Be aware that signing up for car sharing programs might take a few weeks, especially for international postdocs…

International Scholars

Postdoctoral scholars coming to Princeton from abroad have several resources available to ease the transition. Visa support is available through the Davis International Center. The staff at Davis can help answer questions regarding visas and transitioning to life in Princeton. Davis also hosts Cheers Around the World, an opportunity to mix and mingle with international scholars.

Professional

The McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning

The McGraw Center surveys research on human learning to promote best practices in the classroom, and provides pedagogical training to postdoctoral scholars both informally and as part of a Teaching Transcript Program certification.​

  • Workshops on Teaching Technique Throughout the Semester
  • Teaching Transcript Program
  • Feedback on Teaching Philosophy & Course Syllabus documents
  • Technical Help with Video and Digital Files

Princeton Career Services

Princeton Career Services provide programming mainly for graduate students but sometimes open their events for postdocs as well. Programming is listed on their website, and in particular includes two annual events of interest: the academic job market overview (August) and talking about teaching (December). Additionally, Career Services recommends we tap the alumni networks of our undergraduate and graduate institutions. Finally, in addition to your field-dependent (academic and private-sector) research listings, consider tapping the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, HigherEdJobs and Academic 360 job boards for more teaching-oriented academic posts (for which this handbook comes highly recommended).

Job Hunt

Slides by Dr Arjun KrishnanFaculty Job Hunt Or: How I Learn to Cope With the Stress and Even Midly Enjoy the Process

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

HERC website for jobseekers, webinars and blog.

The Princeton Writing Program

The Princeton Writing Program provides resources to help students and postdocs write more effectively. PWP offers workshops on Writing in Science and Engineering, as well as fellowships for postdocs to teach writing seminars for graduate students. - Sign up for 80-min Individual Conferences to Discuss Any Writing Projects You Would Like - Workshops on Career Development

Princeton Writes

  • Feedback on CVs, Cover Letter, Teaching Statement, Research Statement, you name it!
  • Gradspeak and/or Speaking Skills for Staff Members
  • Have Someone to Listen to You as You Practice Your Talks and Give You Feedback

To request a one-on-one meeting, please visit their website. General questions can be addressed to pwrites@princeton.edu.

Course Auditing

Postdocs may audit courses as staff, registering on the first day of availability for $125 (this fee may sometimes be waived). Interested parties should contact the Office of Community and Regional Affairs.

Alternative Careers

Very few resources exist for alternative careers, but those of us in the NYC area can benefit from Versatile PhD and the Dropout Club mailing list.

Fellowship Opportunities

Can be found here and also using the PIVOT database (you will need your netID to log in to PIVOT). Ask your department administrator or the deparmental grants office what signatures you’ll need before submitting. You may need to visit the Office of Reserach and Project Administration (ORPA) in advance of your application deadline.

Tigers with Cubs of Princeton University

A group of Princeton University graduate students and postdocs with or expecting children. To join visit the website or email “tigerswithcubs-request@princeton.edu” with your name.

Prison Teaching Initiative

  • Volunteer Teaching Experience in NJ State Prison