Career Development

Career Development at Rutgers

In addition to the office's monthly activities and career development workshop schedule, you should know about the career development programs and resources within Rutgers.

Networking and Job Exploration

If you haven't already, please take advantage of iJOBS. The goal of iJOBS is to help Ph.D.'s discover these nonacademic areas of opportunity and to provide the required training so that they are better prepared to work in the professional environment. This training is accomplished through a mix of formal academic instruction, workshops, interaction with successful professionals in the chosen fields, and professional mentoring. 

The iJOBS blog,run entirely by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers within the iJOBS program, is also a resource to find articles about iJOBS trainees' experiences in the program, their career and professional interests, and current happenings in science careers. New bloggers are always welcomed./p>

University Human Resources provides Career Management Tools designed to equip employees with the information, resources, and tools they need to successfully manage their careers. These tools will help you to understand your career planning process, prepare a professional résumé and cover letter, and to successfully manage the interview process. 
 
For other networking opportunities at Rutgers, be sure to check out the office's schedule of eventsand the PDA's upcoming events.

Grant Support

Within the Office of Research and Economic Development, the Research Development team designed the research portal to be a one-stop shop for all of your research-related needs.

Likewise, GradFund helps you navigate the world of funding and learn about the grant and fellowship opportunities available to you.

Grant Writing Skills

The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsors events to help you increase your skills in the areas of grant writing and proposal development.

Skill Building

If you are looking to develop your skills in the following areas, we encourage you to check out the office's schedule of events and monthly activities, and explore the following opportunities.

Teaching Skills

The Center for Teaching Advancement & Assessment Research (CTAAR) supports postdocs by offering skill-building workshops, such as Teaching Portfolio, which helps postdocs interested in the classroom.

The INSPIRE Research and Educational Postdoctoral Training Program, one of 20 NIH-funded IRACDA Programs, trains postdoctoral fellows in scientific teaching, who then teach undergraduates at three partner schools with populations underrepresented in biomedical research. The program has increased interaction of Rutgers faculty with students and faculty of the partner schools. It has also enhanced the professional development of other trainees at Rutgers who participate in INSPIRE activities (workshops on scientific writing, courses on scientific teaching, etc.).

The Molecular Biosciences Links to Teaching K-12 Outreach Program (Bio Links) launched in the spring of 2007, provides Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Molecular Biosciences graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to volunteer their time in local public schools. The program is a partnership between the Molecular Biosciences graduate students and postdocs, and science teachers at local public schools. BIO Links volunteers are paired with a science teacher from a local school and make a commitment to visit one class per week for nine weeks.

Grant Writing Skills

The Office of Research and Economic Development sponsors regular events to help you increase your skills in the areas of grant writing and proposal development.

Leadership Skills

The Objective Analysis of Self and Institution Seminar (OASIS) is a leadership and professional development program designed to accelerate the career development and advancement of academic women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including social and health science fields through a combination of workshops, networking, mentoring, and individual coaching.  The Office sponsors the participation of two to four postdocs each year. 

Mentoring Programs

The Big Ten Academic Alliance NIH grant for theNational Research Mentoring Network-CIC Academic Network (NRMN-CAN) is a collaborative Big Ten grant offering professional development and grantsmanship coaching to postdocs in biological, clinical, environmental, and social/behavioral sciences.

The Rutgers Connection Network Mentoring Program is a universitywide mentoring program that provides the infrastructure, training, and facilitation that enable faculty to participate in effective and collaborative mentoring partnerships with other faculty beyond the departmental level. Online applications will be opening soon for the AY 2017–18 program and interested postdocs are invited to apply.

Individual Career Advising

If you're a postdoc looking for perspective on how to navigate your career path, contact Itzamarie Chevere-Torres to schedule an appointment.  

For Newark postdocs, contact Doreen Badheka to schedule an appointment. Individual career counseling sessions for Newark postdocs will be at the Medical Science Building, Room H645.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible conduct research (RCR) is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.

RCR is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science. Consequently, education in RCR is considered an essential component of research training and it should occur throughout a scientist’s career. Moreover, postdoctoral researchers supported by individual funding opportunities are encouraged to assume individual and personal responsibility for their training in RCR. Online training may be a part of instruction in RCR, but it is not sufficient to meet the NIH requirement.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers an annual Ethical Scientific Conduct course for the purpose of RCR training that is compliant with NIH requirements. The duration of the course is for one semester and participants are required to attend a minimum of 11, one-hour weekly meetings. For more information about additional RCR resources, click here.

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