Monday, March 06, 2023, 12:00 a.m.-Friday, April 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m.
Office of Postdoctoral Advancement
"Engaging, Connecting, and Developing the Rutgers Postdoc Community"
Committed to advancing the University’s pursuit of academic excellence, conducting cutting-edge research, and fostering innovation, the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement (OPA) supports postdoctoral researchers by being the central hub for their professional advancement and a guide to the academic policies, procedures, and offices that support postdoctoral careers. The OPA focuses on developing three specific areas: training (research training & scholarly productivity), career (advancement, planning, & readiness), and peer (peer support, common interest groups, mental health and wellness, mentoring, and global connections). We partner with many Rutgers’ units and initiatives to provide resources, and host workshops, programs, social events, and opportunities for professional and skill development — all dedicated to helping postdocs make the most of their time at Rutgers prepare them for the next stage of their career. And we help postdocs navigate postdoc life by providing information, recommendations, and referrals to campus representatives and relevant institutional contacts across the University.
To learn more, visit About Us, check our upcoming activities and schedule of events, register for one of our welcome and information sessions, and get to know our growing community of 800+ postdocs.
800+ Postdocs Universitywide
Established in 2017, the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement is dedicated to our postdocs' professional growth and career success.
The OPA team is here for you.
Rutgers University is home to a vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. In fact, nearly 40% of all Rutgers postdocs are foreign nationals.
Explore internal and external resources offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement and other Rutgers offices and programs to support and advance your career, including institutional memberships to professional organizations.
Fellowships & Grants
Rutgers University and the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement offer resources to assist our postdocs in their funding and grant writing journey.
Learn about grant writing training resources, peer review groups, boilerplate document, database of funding opportunities, and more.
The Office of Postdoctoral Advancement recommends postdocs use career management and mentoring tools to stay on track with their goals and advance their career. Every year we facilitate workshops on how to use these tools.
If you need assistance or individualized guidance on how to use any of these resources, contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a 1:1 session to help you.
Mental Health & Wellness
Our staff cares tremendously about the mental health and overall well-being of our postdocs.
Visit our Mental Health & Wellness page and learn about internal and external resources that are available to all postdocs.
Postdocs can take advantage of the following institutional memberships to advance their career and personal development.
Contacts for Postdocs
All postdocs should feel free to contact our office—at any time—about anything. We are here to help you, and if we can't, we will connect you with someone who can.
If you're a postdoc looking for either advice on how to navigate your career path, need a “thought partner” to help you identify solutions to challenges, or need guidance in designing a plan to accomplish your goals, contact Dr. Itzamarie Chévere-Torres (email@example.com) to schedule a 1:1 advising or coaching session.
The Proactive, Reflexion, Empowered, Planning (PREP) career program is open to all postdocs in the STEM, Biomed, Humanities, and Social Sciences fields. This program is for individuals who: need clarity in formulating the next steps for a career plan or finding career path; want to stand out from the competition; are ready for a career transition and want to better communicate their unique contribution and professional value in a competitive environment.
The Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows Program, an initiative by VP of Academic Initiatives, Henry Turner, will appoint applicants in one of four priority areas of strength at Rutgers: Race, Racism, and Inequality; Health Equity; Advancing STEM Diversity, or Engaged Climate Action.
INSPIRE is a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) which provides up to three years of mentored research experience in biomedical fields at RWJMS or Rutgers University. It also provides training in educational methods, including mentored teaching at a nearby Minority-Serving Institution, and career development.
The Rutgers iJOBS Program exposes life science PhD students and postdocs to a range of non-academic and academic career options and empowers them to pursue their career goals. iJOBS offers a diversity of events, workshops, and seminars, open to all biomedical and life sciences pre-doctorate students and postdocs.
The Postdoctoral Fellowships & Grants page provides a list of internal and external resources such as funding databases, workshops, and opportunities to learn about grant writing within Rutgers and its affiliated partners.
Effective Research Mentoring of Undergrads workshop led by Drs. Janet Alder, Evelyn Erenrich, and Xenia Morin teach tools and skills to better mentor undergraduate students in a laboratory setting.
The PDA is a volunteer organization, run by and for postdocs, that aims to build a stronger and more cohesive postdoctoral community across all departments and campuses at Rutgers University, works to enrich the experiences of postdocs at Rutgers. They host community building events and other activities open to all postdocs across Rutgers.
Wednesday, April 05, 2023, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 06, 2023, 9:30 a.m.-Tuesday, May 02, 2023, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Are you looking for a postdoc position?
Rutgers is one of the highest-ranked, most diverse public research universities in the country and is proud to be home to a vibrant and ever-growing postdoc community. Join us!
What to consider when looking for and choosing a postdoc position.
Hear from a panel of speakers sharing their perspectives and advice on approaching a postdoc search.
*Panel discussion sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement.
We recommend reading and reflecting on these six questions before choosing or accepting a postdoctoral position.