About Rutgers Brain Health Institute

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was established in 2014 to become an internationally recognized center for basic, translational, and clinical research into the biological bases of human brain function and dysfunction. Over the past decade, BHI has grown to include more than 300 faculty engaged in neuroscience and brain health related research at Rutgers. The research programs span multiple disciplines with faculty across 33 departments and seven schools of various campuses of Rutgers University and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. To strategically grow neuroscience and brain health research, BHI has identified four areas of outstanding strength within Rutgers. The four focus areas are: Neurodevelopment, Neurodegeneration and Injury, Cognitive and Sensory Neuroscience and Motivational and Affective Neuroscience. BHI has developed Centers of Excellence in each of these focus areas. The breadth of faculty expertise, core facilities, mentoring and career development support at Rutgers is outstanding. Post-doctoral training at Rutgers is a stepping stone to a successful career in neuroscience and brain health research!

BHI Postdoc Recruitment Event

The BHI Postdoc Recruitment Event is a two-day event, designed for PhD or MD/PhD students and current post-docs looking for postdoctoral training in basic, translational, and clinical research in neuroscience and connect them with Rutgers faculty interested in recruiting post-docs. We will select up to 20 highly qualified candidates to attend this all-expenses-paid event. We are particularly interested in candidates from groups underrepresented in biomedical and health sciences. Selected candidates will be notified by October and, soon after, we will help make your travel arrangements to visit Rutgers.

Event Date: November 29-30, 2023
Event Location: Rutgers New Brunswick campus in New Jersey
Application Deadline: The application deadline has passed. The top 19 candidates out of more than 125 who applied will be attending the event.

Why do postdoc training at Rutgers?

Rutgers is home to many neuroscience and brain health labs who are looking for promising postdoctoral researchers. As a Rutgers postdoc, you will work with a team of mentors and the Rutgers university-wide postdoc office to tailor your training to meet your career goals. For example, the Rutgers Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows Program offers an opportunity for the Presidential Postdoc Fellows to be appointed to a tenure-track faculty position at one of the four Rutgers University campuses, at the end of their post-doc training. Rutgers postdocs receive highly competitive salaries and benefits. At Rutgers, we are dedicated to building a strong postdoc community. Our postdoc office host various formal, informal, and virtual events throughout the year, including professional development luncheons, academic symposia, happy hours, and trips around New Jersey.

Postdoc Life

With its proximity to New York and Philadelphia, post-doc training at Rutgers offers tremendous opportunities for scientific collaboration and career growth. For post-docs with families, the Tri-state area offers career opportunities for spouses and excellent public school systems. New Jersey offers a wide range of housing choices in urban, suburban and rural towns. It is known for its beaches and outdoor recreation! New Jersey and New York are the epicenters of theater, music, art, and cultural experiences. As a major transportation hub, New Jersey is ideally located for traveling the East Coast or hopping on a trans-Atlantic flight.

Beloved Community

Rutgers’ campuses, distinct in location and culture, make up a thriving university composed of students, faculty, and staff from all lived experiences. This tapestry of identities, experiences, and backgrounds informs the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion university-wide. We embrace our differences and are committed to fostering a sense of community and belonging that offers respect in words and actions. Located in one of the most progressive and diverse states in the country, Rutgers’ embraces diversity and is committed to greater equity and inclusion.