PBI2 Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholars

Princeton Bioengineering Institute - Innovators (PBI2), Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship program

The Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute at Princeton University invites applications for the Princeton Bioengineering Institute - Innovators (PBI2), Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.

This opportunity is intended to foster community and collaborative work within the Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute (ODBI) at Princeton University. PBI2 fellows will work with two or more Princeton faculty to establish an interdisciplinary research plan for bioengineering projects to be performed as part of the growing ODBI community. PBI2 fellows who ignite new collaborations between faculty across the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and ODBI are strongly encouraged. We particularly welcome projects that seek to develop novel technologies, and utilize new tools for addressing fundamental questions about living systems, and/or harnessing these systems for applications.  

Why you should apply: 

  • Dual faculty mentors and interdisciplinary research program: Receive the benefits of traditional postdoctoral training, but with the opportunity for dual mentorship across different labs and disciplines. 
  • Pathway to independence: Fellows gain experience in guiding their own new research directions, including managing a research budget of up to $25,000 per year. 
  • Leadership and community: Fellows will help advance new programming, host speakers, and form new connections in our community. 

Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. Fellows will hold the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate and be provided a $70,000 initial salary with generous yearly increases, standard University benefits, annual research allowance, and conference travel allowance. 

Eligible candidates must have received their Ph.D. in a related field (e.g. Bioengineering and other Engineering fields, Biology, Physics, Chemistry) and have no more than two years post PhD experience prior to the anticipated start date. 

Applicants should submit a research proposal that clearly and succinctly describes a collaborative project between themselves and two or more Princeton faculty members affiliated with ODBI (see list of ODBI-affiliated faculty). Applicants are encouraged to reach out to potential Princeton faculty mentors to discuss projects; however, that is not a requirement, and PBI2 fellows are given flexibility their first year at Princeton to decide who to work with.

Please visit our website bioengineering.princeton.edu for details regarding upcoming Zoom information sessions about this opportunity.

Application Requirements:

Please use this application form.

Applications must be completed by January 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM (EST). Questions about the fellowship may be directed to the Manager of Educational Operations, Jessica Varela, [email protected].

  • Cover letter (one page)
  • A brief, two-page description of project; figures and tables are included in the two-page limit, whereas references cited are not.
  • CV


  • Applications should be submitted before Jan 31, 2024, at 5:00 PM (EST).
  • Funding decisions are anticipated to be made by February 28, 2024.

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.

This position is subject to Princeton University's background check policy. The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.