iJOBS for Boiler Plate Description for Grants

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 advise 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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Application to Phase 2 of iJOBS

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 ~72 hours of shadowing a professional in your area of interest and taking a course or certificate that will complement your scientific background with new knowledge, as well as being assigned a mentor for professional development, we have opened Phase 2 applications for 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 2020 to apply. Applications are due by May 5 and admissions decisions will be made by June 5. Please follow the instructions carefully on the attached application. FAQ as well as examples of courses (green highlighted courses on each tab in the spreadsheet are ones previously taken by Phase 2 trainees) should address questions that you might have. Phase 2 for 2020 will start in September although with the caveat that course selection may be limited to what is available tuition-free and shadowing will be dependent on the operating status of various companies and Rutgers in the Fall.


Individual Development Plan (IDP)

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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