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Office of Postdoctoral Advancement

"Engaging, Connecting, and Developing the Rutgers Postdoc Community"

500+ Postdocs Universitywide

Additionally, 300+ PharmD researchers from Ernest Mario School work on-site in pharmaceuticals.

STEM & Biomed Postdocs
Humanities & Social Sciences Postdocs
International Postdocs
Cohort Programs
NIH Postdoctoral Training Grants

About the OPA

Established in 2017, the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement supports postdocs across all disciplines and four main campuses in their professional growth and career success.

The OPA team is here for you. 

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postdoctoral community members

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 9:00 a.m.-Thursday, June 13, 2024, 5:00 p.m. | Dana Library, Room 320, Address 185 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102 United States

OPA Signature Events

Your Career On Track

The Office of Postdoctoral Advancement hosts an annual signature event, Your Career on Track, a 2-day workshop that introduces postdocs to SMART goals and the individual development plan (IDP) and helps postdocs navigate how to create a support network of mentors to help them stay on track and maximize their postdoc journeys. On day 1, breakout activities will allow participants to start defining and setting their SMART goals and creating a support network of mentors to support them in the areas they need help with. Day 2 breakout activities will give participants the chance to work on their IDPs and identify the next steps for staying on track and accomplishing their career goals.


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P.R.E.P. Career Program

This four-week career development program by the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement is open to all in the STEM, Biomed, Humanities, and Social Sciences Fields Who:

  • need clarity in formulating the next steps for a career plan or finding a career path or fit
  • need guidance on how to stand out from the competition and to take the next steps in their career journey
  • need to better manage and maximize their training and career
  • are ready for a career transition but struggle to find and communicate what their unique contribution and professional value are
internal career resources
Important aspects leading to one's career
internal career resources

Biomedical Postdocs:  Explore Rutgers Health Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Rutgers Health Office of Postdoctoral Affairs' mission is to support, enhance, and promote postdoctoral training for biomedical postdocs within Rutgers Health and help prepare them for successful careers. For more information, contact Dr. Janet Alder, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Postdoctoral Affairs, Rutgers Health.

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International Postdocs

Rutgers University is home to a vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. Nearly 65% of all Rutgers postdocs are foreign nationals.

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Life at Rutgers

As a postdoc at Rutgers, navigating the complexities of a vast institution can be challenging, but we're here to guide you. Connect with the right people, build a supportive community, and explore resources designed to enrich your experience. Our office serves as your compass through academic policies, procedures, and postdoctoral career support offices. Connect and explore the wealth of resources that await you. 

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA)

To promote faculty diversity and work toward inclusive excellence, Rutgers University sponsors an annual cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows

Take advantage of impactful DEIA events through Rutgers University Equity and Inclusion and the Tyler Clementi Center for Diversity Education and Bias Prevention.

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