Event Schedule




How to overcome common career challenges
Tuesday, August 29 

Conducting research in graduate school or during a postdoc can be a humbling experience. Long hours, low salary, tedious experiments, and lack of support can wear down brilliant and innovative minds. In this workshop presented by Dr. Thomas Magaldi, you will learn to recognize common mistakes that often derail the career paths of students and postdocs. These common mistakes often include poor time management, failure to reward accomplishments, succumbing to pessimism, and failure to take risks. By recognizing these mistakes, you will learn to maximize your potential and increase your career prospects.

  • Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Two locations on the same day at different times.

  • Location 1: Busch Student Center Room 116ABC, New Brunswick Campus
    • Time: 11:30 a.m–12:30 p.m., followed by a quick lunch
  • ​​​Location 2: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Essex Room, Newark Campus
    • ​​Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m., light refreshement will be provided
  • Sponsor: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Rutgers Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists (iJOBS)
  • Workshop presented by: Dr. Thomas MagaldiManager of the Office of Career and Professional Development at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Please register before August 15 for this workshop as spaces are limited. You can see the flyer here.



Postdoc Appreciation Networking Lunch
Tuesday, September 19 | Noon - 4 p.m.

The National Postdoctoral Association’s (NPA) eighth annual celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) will take place September 18 – 22, 2017. Established with the goal of acknowledging the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars (“postdocs”) make to U.S. research and discovery, NPAW is the nation’s largest celebration of postdocs. Institutions across the nation plan activities and events throughout the week and across the country to create awareness of postdocs.

The Rutgers Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is hosting this fall a Postdoc Appreciation Networking Lunch as part of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) events. This luncheon will introduce and welcome new postdocs to the community at Rutgers as well as help connect new and existing postdocs to the various resources they may need during their time here at Rutgers. We would like to invite you to come and meet the new postdoc members of the Rutgers Community and the staff of our new university-wide Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. For more information contact Rutgers PDA.

  • Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • Location: Busch Student Center, The Cove, New Brunswick Campus
  • Time: Noon–4 p.m.
  • Sponsor: Rutgers Postdoctoral Association & Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Lunch will be provided. Please register before September 5.


How to regain control of your time and be more productive
Monday, September 25, 2017

"Time is more valuable than money, you can get more money, but you can not get more time." - Jim Rohn.

It’s the end of your workday, and you have not accomplished everything you meant to do. Your days go fast, and your to-do list keeps growing every day.  Sounds familiar? Effective time management is an indispensable and highly valued skill in any job or career. This workshop will provide practical tips on how to better manage your time so that you can get the most done during your workday and focus on your most important goals. You will learn how to stay mentally on task and become more productive.

  • Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

    Two locations on the same day at different times.

  • Location 1: Dean's Conference Room, Hill Hall Room 315, Newark Campus
    • Time: 9:30 a.m–11:00 a.m.
  • ​​​Location 2 Dean's Conference Room, RWJMS Research Tower, New Brunswick Campus
    • ​​Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Sponsor: Rutgers Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA) & Office of Postdoctoral Affairs 
  • Workshop presented by: Dr. Itzamarie Chevere-Torres, Associate Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Light refreshments will be served. Please register before September 11. To see the flyer, click here.



Interview Smarts: Proven Techniques for Standing Out from the Competition
and Getting the Job You Want
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mastering the interview process is a challenge for post-docs and seasoned pros alike. Getting past applicant tracking systems, positioning yourself in the hiring manager's mind and successfully preparing for behavioral interviews and cultural fit are all part of the mix.

Randy Fisher will lead and facilitate a dynamic interactive workshop to give you the inside track for successful interviews. He'll share practical examples for answering behavioral interview questions and navigating cultural and organizational challenges. Randy will give you a great tool for managing stress on-the-fly, and help you in leveraging your transferable skills and record of accomplishment to get meaningful jobs.

Successful interviewing is a skill that CAN be learned and mastered - and Randy will deliver an experiential workshop to encourage and support you in the next stages of your career development.

  • Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Location: Center of Alcohol Studies
                      Conference Room 219
                      607 Allison Rd, Piscataway, 08854
  • Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Sponsor: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Workshop Presented by: Randy Fisher, Career Coach, Facilitator and Marketing Expert at Digiwise

Lunch will be provided. To be added to our waiting list, click here.  To see flyer click here.


Grant Proposal Writing Workshop Series
Part 1: Jumpstart your Grant Proposal 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Are you a postdoc looking to get started on a fellowship or grant application? This workshop will help you lay the foundation of your proposal. We will conduct writing activities and peer conversation exercises that will help you jumpstart your application. Bring your laptop and a ready-to-write spirit!

The structure of this workshop is to review with participants some of the key elements that comprise effective grant proposal: research question, hypothesis, literature review, methods, work plan, etc. Each of these categories will be briefly discussed, then participants will have a chance to free-write material that will serve as the building blocks that can be flushed out into a full proposal. 

Light refreshments will be served.  Please register by October 16.  To see flyer click here.




Monday, November 13 | 2 PM - 3:30 PM

The Teaching Portfolio is best thought of as a documented statement of a faculty member's teaching responsibilities, philosophy, goals and accomplishments as a teacher. It is a flexible document, and can be used in a number of ways, depending upon the needs and interests of the faculty member. It can be an extensive collection of information, or something much more compact and limited. The essential structure and elements to be included will be presented.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 13,  2017
  • Time: 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Busch Student Center Room 116ABC
  • Sponsor: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Workshop presented by: Monica A. Devanas, Director of Faculty Development & Assessment Programs from Center for Teaching Advancement & Assessment Research (CTAAR)

Light  refreshments will be provided. Please register by November 3.



Project and People Management

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