Prior to arrival
For information about transportation and visiting Princeton University, please see Visiting Campus. Here you will find links to rail and airport services, as well as local bus lines and parking instructions for visitors.
Princeton University Staff Housing is available to postdocs, however it is limited. The program information can be found at Housing and Real Estate, which provides contacts, rates and application forms. Once your appointment at Princeton is approved and you have your Net ID, you may submit an application.
The Housing Office lists non-University housing in the Princeton area at Off-Campus Housing (The Housing Office also maintains a bulletin board that lists new offerings not yet on their web page.)
Options for housing in the Princeton area are limited. Other areas within commuting distance are located in Mercer and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey; and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Princeton University's Davis International Center processes visa applications and offers information about visas and taxes to international scholars. They also provide services to help international scholars adjust to life at Princeton. They offer intercultural outreach and community building events. You can visit their website for other helpful resources.
Several administrative matters should be taken care of immediately upon arriving at Princeton.
Meet with Molecular Biology Personnel
Schedule an appointment with Jen Webb. You will receive your New Hire and Benefits package at this meeting.
You must complete an Employee Eligibility Form (I-9) within 72 hours of your start date. All postdocs, U.S. and Non-U.S. Citizens should bring the appropriate original documents that establish identity and authorization to work to the Office of Human Resources, 2 New South. While there, you will complete the employment verification process and your I-9 form. To learn what documents can be presented to prove employment eligibility, visit Federal Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I–9.
ID Card and Parking
While you are at the New South Building, you should visit the Parking Office to obtain your free parking permit and the TigerCard Office to obtain your University ID card. These offices are located on the A level of New South. Your TigerCard can be used at the library, at various dining facilities, for campus events and to gain access to the Molecular Biology buildings. TigerCards with more restricted use for family members/domestic partners are also available. Please visit the Parking Office for more information about parking on campus.
Molecular Biology grants staff will assist new postdocs with applying for fellowships. Please visit our Fellowships and Teaching Opportunities section to learn more. The PIVOT database also provides a detailed list of fellowships available to Princeton postdocs.
Benefits & Child Care
Princeton University provides many beneficial resources to Postdocs. Please be sure to explore the comprehensive benefits available to assist you during your time at Princeton. The Child Care Resources page provides information about child care centers, summer day camp, back up care, Carebridge and the Employee Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP).
Community Involvement Opportunities
The Postdoc Community page details events that occur throughout the year and opportunities to become involved in the Princeton University community. The MBP-RIPs (MolBio Postdocs Research in Progress seminars) occur each Friday in MolBio at 4pm in Schultz 107. Attending these seminars is a great way to meet other postdocs in the Department. If you're interested in meeting postdocs throughout campus, be sure to visit the Princeton Postdoc Council's website for more information about upcoming events and seminars.