The goal of the Rutgers University’s iJOBS Program (interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists) is to expose biomedical PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to the large variety of non-academic career options as well as give them skills useful for academic careers. iJOBS is funded by a grant from the NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training initiative and was established in January 2015 to serve the graduate students and postdocs at both the New Brunswick/Piscataway and Newark Rutgers campuses. There are 4 phases of the iJOBS program. Phase 1, iNQUIRE, is open to anyone who wants to participate and consists of career panels covering a range of career paths including, among others, Science and Health Policy, Intellectual Property Management, Industrial Development & Business Management, Clinical and Regulatory Testing Support, Health & Science Data Analysis, Science Writing, Non-profit Organizations, Publishing, Science Education, and Finance. Trainees also can participate in site visits to industrial partners, networking sessions with professionals, and workshops. SciPhD is an intensive workshop offered over five Sundays focused on enhancing communication, leadership, teamwork, business, negotiation and project management skills. In Phase 2, iNITIATE, trainees formally commit to the iJOBS program and apply to take part in intensive training and coursework for their career track of choice. Industrial partners demonstrate the career’s practical side with hosting of shadowing and mentoring activities. Throughout, individual development plans document the journey and a mentor pod guides and advises trainee progress. Within Phase 3, iMPLEMENT, resume and application packages are honed and interview skills perfected with iJOBS training and coaching. Focused career fairs showcase suitable career opportunities and provide industrial partners access to these professionally competent candidates. Upon successful career placement, iJOBS program alumni are encouraged to share their wisdom with new iJOBS trainees in Phase 4, iNSTRUCT as they serve as mentors, event hosts and shadow partners.
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Brief description of Phase 2: The career panels, site visits and workshops that constitute Phase 1 will continue next Fall and we hope you continue to participate in them actively. If you are also interested in getting more involved in iJOBS to pursue shadowing and coursework in your area of interest, we have opened Phase 2 applications for Rutgers grad students and postdocs. Phase 2 applications require at least 12 hours of Phase 1 activities, a personal statement, permission from your PI, and a letter of recommendation from your PI or another faculty member with whom you have a long-standing relationship. Applications are open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Graduate students must be in good academic standing (GPA > 3.0) and have completed the proposition qualifier by Fall 2017 to apply. Applications are due by May 5 and admissions decisions will be made by June 5. Phase 2 for 2017 will start in September. Please see the attached application, FAQ, and follow instructions carefully.
This website was developed in collaboration between AAAS/Science and the Borroughs Wellcome Fund. An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best. There is no charge to use the site and you can return as often as you like to access the resources. Visit my IDP website.
For the Rutgers iJOBS IDP document, please click here.
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GSBS is proud to offer a new course in Communicating Science which is funded by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
We envision our Ph.D. graduates able to speak and write about their research accurately and clearly to scientific colleagues, as well as non-scientists. Unfortunately, time spent learning to communicate their research pales in comparison to time spent learning how to design and conduct their research. A major goal of Communicating Science is to instill in students an advanced ability to not only to communicate clearly, accurately, and vividly about their research, but also to emphasize its significance. This course provides methods of instruction and improvisation to reinforce communication skills obtained in basic courses. It provides our trainees with new ways to communicate more effectively so they can apply these skills to diverse audiences and in different career settings. The course brings together a multidisciplinary faculty of scientists, educators, communication experts, and theater arts professionals from academe and industry to teach, improve, and assess advanced communication skills in our Ph.D. trainees. The course includes elements of didactic and improvisation content with built in opportunities to create and practice written and oral presentations for diverse audiences.
GSBS is 6718 5600S and the GSNB number is 16:718:560. For a tentative course syllabus, click here.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is also promoting 2 new biostatistics courses which are available to biomedical PhD students and postdoctoral fellows as of September 2016 (one course in Fall semester and a different one in Spring semester.
1) The Fall course is entitled "Statistics in Biomedical Science" GSBS CTSC 5103S. GSNB 16:115:557 (index#: 22748) Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 PM. For a course syllabus, click here.
2) The Spring course is entitled "Interdisciplinary Biostatistics Research Training for Molecular and Cellular Sciences: Enhancing Rigor and Reproducibility" 16:125:578 For a course syllabus, click here.
Scientific Writing for the 21st Century (16:186:602)
Rapid advances in methods, analyses and modeling complicate the task faced by researchers across disciplines who must produce clear and coherent scholarly articles that communicate complex material accurately and effectively. This course, Scientific Writing, will focus on learning to write and edit at the level appropriate to the student's scientific field.
Learn more about the Scientific Writing course
Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology (16:125:618)
Practical framework for identification and commercialization of technology-intensive commercial opportunities; need/opportunity analysis, competitive analysis, legal protection, marketing, financing, resourcing, and communication of the venture.
Learn more about the Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology course
Grant Writing: Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (16:681:601)
Guidance and practice in writing a biological research grant proposal. Topics include funding agencies, types of grants, forms, budgets, proposal format, and the review process. Students will be required to write and critique research proposals. Preparation for the writing of the research proposal required as part of the oral preliminary exam.
Learn more about the Grant Writing course
Statistical analyses are important in every area of science and these classes are designed to help both the beginner and the advanced student.
See available Statistics programs and courses
Training in Mentorship Program (16:186:601/603)
The Graduate Mentoring Fellows Program is a year-long program to provide participants with the opportunity to study the functions involved in serving as a good mentor and to work with undergraduates as a mentor for one academic year.
Learn more about the Training in Mentorship program
Course offered by the from the School of Communication and Information that provides hands-on training in CV writing, networking, job hunting, effective teaching, and managing conflict.
Learn more about our Undergraduate or Masters communication courses
Project AGER (Advancing Graduate Education at Rutgers)
Project AGER is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative based at the Graduate School New Brunswick at Rutgers, and funded by a five-year Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) grant. There are resources and program for professional development and career development.
Visit the AGER website
Cognitive Skills RWJMS Time management/Organizational skills/Test taking
The Cognitive Skills Program (CSP) is designed to enhance and maximize the educational experience of medical, graduate, and postgraduate students. CSP services include instruction in efficient strategies and self regulatory skills to increase control of learning, to promote independent, self-directed learning and other various academic support services tailored to individual needs.
Learn more about the Cognitive Skills Program
Peer Tutoring Program
Peer tutoring for the Molecular Biosciences curriculum is available, free of charge, to students in the PhD program. Tutors are available at the beginning of the semester if you are concerned about your test and exam preparation or comprehension throughout the semester. Any other tutoring is offered at the discretion of the program director and based on availability.
Learn more about the Peer Tutoring Program
GradFund for Graduate Student External Support
GradFund Central is a Graduate School New Brunswick at Rutgers resource for applying for external merit-based grants and fellowships as a graduate student. There are resources for helping students write and apply for external funding.
Learn more GradFund support
Rutgers Academy for Scholarship and Learning (RASTL)
The Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RASTL) project provides advanced graduate students with the opportunity to meet monthly with faculty and administrators to review issues related to undergraduate instruction and contemporary higher education.
Visit the RASTL website
Teaching Assistant Project (TAP)
TAP is a multi-tiered initiative designed to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate education at Rutgers, New Brunswick, through the professional development of the graduate student teaching staff. TAP is, by necessity, a flexible endeavor, working to meet the changing needs of teaching assistants. The fundamental components upon which this project is built include the annual orientation, certificate programs and special issues seminars, web-based publications, and discipline-specific training.
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BIO Links Program
BIO Links is a teaching K-12 outreach program which allows graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to volunteer in 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. Some past volunteers have decided to continue visiting the classrooms well beyond the nine week commitment.
Learn more about the BIO Links Program
Rutgers Pre-doc Leadership Development Institute (PLDI)
Each year, the PLDI welcomes a select group of Rutgers doctoral students from a broad array of disciplines to its two-year program. Traditional discipline-based doctoral education is devoted to preparing students for careers in scholarship and teaching, but often these future faculty members complete their degree with little preparation for academic and administrative leadership roles in their institutions. A critical need exists for individuals who also understand the structure and dynamics of colleges and universities, know the challenges these institutions face, and possess the interpersonal and organizational knowledge, competencies and aspirations to provide effective and ethical leadership in addressing the critical issues confronting higher education.
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Rutgers Career Services
Career Counseling: Graduate students can set up individual appointments with career counselors at three locations: Busch Campus Center, 46 College Avenue, and 56 College Avenue.
Drop-in Hours: Graduate students can visit Career Services during drop-in hours for answers to quick questions or critiques of resumes, CVs, or cover letters.
Workshops: Each semester, Career Services offers up to 10 programs specifically geared to graduate students' interests and needs, including programs on resumes/CVs, the academic job search, higher ed careers in administration, networking, and interviewing. See the attachment for a list of fall events.
Career Days: Career Services offer 10 on-campus career fairs each year plus the Big East Career Fair at Madison Square Garden in early March.
Visit the Rutgers Career Services website
A number of internships are offered by companies around the country and globe. Click here, for a sampling.
Internships at the Technology Transfer Office
Along with discovery-based research, Rutgers increasingly engages in commercialization of research through the transfer of new technologies to industry, contributing to the economic development of New Jersey and the nation. Internships in this office expose the student to the process of tech transfer. Contact the tech transfer office by email or at 732-235-5763 for more information, or visit the website.
Click here to read the internship Program Anouncement
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association (JMBGSA)
The JMBGSA comprises Rutgers University students enrolled in the Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences through either the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School or the Graduate School New Brunswick. JMBGSA seeks to promote interaction amongst students as well as between students and faculty. We achieve this goal by organizing professional events such as symposiums and guest lectures, and social events like the annual barbecue and student/faculty mixers.
Visit the JMBGSA website
Rutgers Graduate Student Association (GSA)
The Rutgers Graduate Student Association advocates graduate student concerns to the greater Rutgers University community and provides financial support to recognized graduate student organizations. All programs and activities are funded by graduate student activity fees.
Visit the Rutgers GSA website
PhD Career Guide Developed by one of our graduate students, the PhD Career Guide endeavors to bring to light the many career options available to PhDs, and more importantly, the information necessary to decide which career path would be most rewarding given their particular set of professional interests and career goals.
Visit the PhD Career Guide website
AAAS Science Careers Online
Science Careers is the careers component of Science that scientists rely on for career information and job postings. Both Science and Science Careers are produced by AAAS, the world's largest nonprofit membership association for science-related professionals.
Visit the AAAS Science Careers website
The National Academies
Provides reports on career trends, employment information and science policy information.
Visit the National Academies website
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Graduate students are invited to participate in the events hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) at RWJMS. These events are aimed at helping students and postdoctoral fellows prepare for a scientific career and to become independent scientists in academia, industry or government service. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs also maintains a listing of available post-doc and basic science faculty positions throughout Rutgers.
Visit the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) Alumni Associations
The purposes of the Alumni Association of The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, are to serve the interests of Graduate School alumni and students, to promote better understanding among alumni and students, to assist each other in the professional arena, to enhance and maintain the influence of the organization and its parent institution in the scientific community, and to reflect the sentiments and philosophies of its members to other institutions, the surrounding community, and the State of New Jersey.
Learn more about the GSBS Alumni Association
Rutgers University Alumni Associations
All alumni from the legacy UMDNJ schools will also automatically become members of the Rutgers University Alumni Association, Rutgers' dues free, university-wide alumni association. You will have access to hundreds of alumni events, network opportunities, benefits and much more.
Learn more about the Rutgers University Alumni Association
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Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellowship Program
The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University offers interdisciplinary fellowships that provide select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics, and connect the fellowship experience to their chosen fields of study. Eagleton fellows work toward their graduate degrees without interruption; the one-year fellowships are designed to complement academic study. During the fall, Fellows enroll in a weekly, three-credit seminar in applied politics. In the spring, Fellows also register for three credits of independent study to work with faculty members in their schools or disciplines, making the connection between their field of academic study and hands-on practical experience in government and politics. Learn more about the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science
Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science
The MS in Clinical & Translational Science is designed to train future team leaders in clinical and translational science research. The program consists of a combination of integrative didactic and hands-on educational experiences that will provide students with a global, yet detailed, perspective on the complex continuum of translating hypothesis-driven basic research findings into clinically useful and commercially viable tests or treatments.
Learn more about the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science
Professional Science Master's Certificate in Science and Technology Management
This program prepares professionals to take on managerial and leadership roles in a company. The goals of this program are to understand the connection between technology and business and how technical work impacts the business of organizations. Another goal is to understand the fundamental concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, business strategy, and commercialization of research.
Learn more about the Professional Master's Certificate in Science and Technology
Professional Science Master's Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Clinical Trials Management
Pharmaceutical industries and businesses today need workers who not only possess up-to-date knowledge in their fields, but who have also acquired skills that enable them to carry out the objectives of the regulatory bodies in ensuring public health. Such workers understand the linkage between risk versus benefit in the pharmaceutical industry and businesses. The certificate reviews key aspects of Clinical Trials design and conduct and provides students with practical skills in communication and leadership skills. This certificate offers students an opportunity to combine management skills with the drug development process.
Learn more about the Professional Master's Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Clinical Trials Management
Professional Science Master's Certificate in Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
The Certificate in CDS&E is open to all graduate students in the sciences and engineering. Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) is an intellectual discipline that brings together core areas of science and engineering, computer science, and computational and applied mathematics in a concerted effort to use cyberinfrastructure (CI) for scientific discovery and engineering innovations. The importance and immediacy of a multi-disciplinary research and technology program in CDS&E is highlighted by the increasing role of computational and data in aspects of science, engineering, business and society in the 21st century, and is accentuated by trends in CI (e.g., disruptive hardware trends, ever-increasing data volumes, complex application structures and behaviors, and emerging first-order concerns such as fault-tolerance and energy efficiency). The Graduate Certificate in CDS&E is a cross-disciplinary graduate program administered by the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) and the Professional Science Master's Program. The goal of the program is to provide the necessary structures, learning opportunities, and experiences, beyond the more traditional university curriculum, that are necessary to drive science, engineering and business using advance in CI. The program will provide an overlay on the existing curricular structures at Rutgers to give students a multidisciplinary experience, and will include foundational and applied courses spanning modeling and computation, algorithms, HPC, data management and analysis, visualization, software, and multidisciplinary collaborations.
Learn more about the Professional Master's Certificate in Computational Data Science and Engineering
Professional Science Master's Certificate in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer
This certificate is open to all graduate students in the sciences and engineering, part-time students from industry, and post-doctoral fellows. Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer is an area that is crucial to the economic growth of our country. Overall this certificate will train students about protection, marketing, assessment, valuation, commercialization and monetization of IP assets. This certificate is for scientists and engineers who wish to transition into the Intellectual Property realm and pursue it as a career and also for those that are currently involved in the IP space in careers such as: patent agents, R& D managers, tech transfer managers, intellectual asset management (IAM) professionals, marketing managers, product inventors and developers, financial and accounting managers, IP contract managers. The Certificate will be awarded upon the successful completion of 12 credits. There are two options for curriculum depending upon the applicants' background and experience in consultation with the certificate advisor(s).
Anatomy Instruction Certificate
The Anatomy Instruction Certificate Program is designed for graduate students who desire admissions into medical schools or for individuals who would like to be proficient in gross anatomy instruction. The students will attend the first year medical school classes and laboratories and will take examinations with the medical students. Upon successful completion of the certificate program students who have undergone the curriculum for a certificate in teaching program will be prepared to teach gross anatomy in colleges, universities and in medical schools.
Learn more about the Certificate in Anatomy Instruction Certificate
Certificate in Medical Physics
This program is designed for students without an accredited medical physics graduate degree seeking to enter the field of medical physics. It has long been recognized within the profession that many potential medical physicists may have already completed or mostly completed their graduate education before considering a career in medical physics. For such people, the certificate program offers a path to the profession by satisfying coursework requirements for entering an accredited medical physics residency, an essential step towards eventual board-certification and becoming a practicing medical physicist.
Learn more about the Certificate in Medical Physics
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Programs in Science Policy
1: Broad listing of multiple opportunities
2. NHGRI's public policy fellowship
3. NHGRI's education fellowship
BEST Initiative of the National Institutes of Health
This report was commissioned by the NIH to develop a “sustainable and diverse U.S. biomedical research workforce… that will advance science and promote health” and that led to the establishment of the BEST awards by the NIH. We successfully competed to establish the Rutgers version called iJOBS:
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH WORKFORCE WORKING GROUP REPORT, A Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health, June 14, 2012
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Additional supporting information to the report can be found here:
This is the program announcement by the NIH to support the BEST initiative called “NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST).” The Rutgers iJOBS program is funded under this initiative. Download from this link.
Articles on the Biomedical PhD-trained Workforce in the US
This article shows statistics of employment for PhDs in STEM in different sectors. It also addresses underrepresentation of women and minorities:
Turk-Bicakci L, Berger A, Haxton A. 2014. The Nonacademic Careers of STEM PhD Students. STEM at American Institutes for Research.
This article presents recommendations to improve graduate education in the US. It stresses the importance of better preparing PhD recipients for a variety of career options:
Wendler C, Bridgeman B, Cline F, Millett C, Rock J, Bell N, McAllister P. 2010. The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service. Download from this link.
This article advocates for teaching more professional “soft” skills to PhDs:
Fuhrmann CN, Halme DG, O'Sullivan PS, Lindstaedt B. Improving graduate education to support a branching career pipeline: recommendations based on a survey of doctoral students in the basic biomedical sciences. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2011 Fall;10(3):239-49. Download from this link.
This is a fun and upbeat article on what PhDs can do for a living. A good light read.
This booklet contrasts academic and industrial jobs, what is needed to succeed and what are the pitfalls in each case. It also addresses the common myths about what scientists do in industry.
This article discusses the skills valued by industrial employers and also dispels the most common conceptions about careers in industry.
This PhD Career Guide helps you decide on a career path based on your specific professional interests and goals.
Another website tailored to PhDs interested in non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM.
This article talks about alternatives to tenure-track positions as career options in academia.
If you are interested in the traditional academic track, this document provides comprehensive advice on how to land a tenure track position and then how to begin your academic career.
This article from the University of Massachusetts Medical School provides additional tips on how to write an Individual Development Plan (IDP).
Job Searching Skills
Oystir allows you to assess your skills and returns jobs that are relevant to your profile.
NIH Best helps you evaluate your skills and career interests to help you find a variety of career paths.
The Rutgers Career Services website has job postings as well as a variety of resources to help in your job search. Career Services holds regular seminars and workshops about resume writing, interviewing, networking (including using social websites such as LinkedIn), and so on. You may also schedule one-on-one counseling to address your specific needs.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has a great website that gives information on biomedical careers in general and advice on job searching. It is also a popular job posting location.
As an example, a recent posting on the AAAS Careers website discusses the important skills that one would want to put on their CV, besides the publications. There are many more similar articles that deal with all aspects of the job search process.
This website is a “one-stop shop” for advice on job searching skills, from writing CVs and cover letters to schmoozing and interviewing. It is tailored to the life sciences and it is also a job posting website. For example, here are some recent postings on tips on interviewing in person as well as by phone from career consultants:
The site has a plethora of advice on how to look for jobs as well as how to behave in a job, and how to plan a transition from one to another job.
The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium has a membership of over 600 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations and posts job openings here: