Office of Postdoctoral Advancement
"Engaging, Connecting, and Developing the Rutgers Postdoc Community"
Committed to advancing the University’s mission to conduct cutting-edge research and advanced training, the Office of Postdoctoral Advancement supports postdoctoral researchers and their faculty mentors by providing a central hub for professional development opportunities, knowledge sharing, and community building. Every month we host activities—all dedicated to helping postdocs make the most of their time at Rutgers and prepare them for the next stage of their career. To learn more, visit about us, check out our monthly activities and schedule of events, register for one of our upcoming workshops, 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.
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.
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, January 04, 2023, 1:00 p.m.-Friday, January 06, 2023, 5:00 p.m. | Address Busch Student Center, Multipurpose Room 604 Bartholomew Roadq Piscataway, NJ 08854 United States
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.