Call for Application: The Sugarman Practitioner in Residence Program

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020

Please note: due to COVID-19, the launch of this program has been postponed, hopefully to 2021. Please check back to see when the position will be reposted.

Due to the generosity and vision of Jay Sugarman, chairman and CEO of the real estate investment trust iStar and member of Princeton’s undergraduate class of 1984, the Kahneman-Treisman Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Sugarman Practitioner in Residence Program.  

The call for applicants was posted in January 2020 with the hopes that the first Sugarman Resident Practitioner will arrive on campus in Fall 2020.

The ideal Sugarman Resident Practitioner will be someone who applies (or seeks to develop the application of) behavioral scientific tools in policy-relevant settings and has identified a problem or opportunity in which the gap between the status quo and an improved future may be solved by addressing regular errors, oversights, or biases in human judgment or perception—whether individual or collective. The chosen candidate will be engaged—for either one semester or the full academic year—on a project of their own proposing that aims to result in an instrument, invention, intervention or other platform to address the identified problem.  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.

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. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens and need not have held an academic appointment or an advanced degree. 

During the appointed term, the Sugarman Resident will be affiliated with Princeton University, but with no formal teaching.  Like an “artist-in-residence” program, this position will provide the practitioner a sanctuary from the 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.  In turn, our faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and students will benefit through their connection with each year's practitioner, who will bring them in touch with various practical realities, unfamiliar challenges, and new applications of behavioral science in various sectors outside of academia.  Each practitioner will be supported by a dedicated postdoctoral research fellow for the duration of the appointed term.

Applicants must apply online through the academic hiring site.  Please submit a current curriculum vitae, a proposed project statement (as described above, not to exceed 5 pages), and a cover letter describing your background, interest in the program, and length of appointment requested. All offers and appointments are subject to review and approval by the Dean of the Faculty.  This position is subject to the University's background check policy.