Career Opportunities & Development

Below are a list of opportunities for career seekers, including job postings, volunteering opportunities, career development workshops, conferences, and more!

Students and job-seekers are encouraged to browse and subscribe to career search engines:


The VCU Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (VCU IRACDA) is a unique three-year postdoctoral program designed to train fellows in biomedical research and teaching. VCU IRACDA is funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences and combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop teaching skills through formal pedagogic training and mentored assignments at local historically black universities. IRACDA fellows are matched with a research mentor at VCU and a teaching mentor at one of our partner institutions, Virginia Union University (VUU) or Virginia State University (VSU). The program facilitates the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. Other goals are to provide a resource to motivate the next generation of scientists at the partner schools, and to promote research and teaching linkages between VCU and VUU, and VCU and VSU. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but should be complete 3-4 months prior to the desired start date.


Presented by Kandice Tanner, PhD, Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cell Biology, NCI/NIH and John Hernandez, MD , Investigator, Surgical Oncology Program, NCI/NIH. Watch the recording here:

The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is a rigorous four-day program designed for historically underrepresented scholars of color to experience a “behind the scenes” glimpse into life as a faculty member here at RIT. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with RIT’s diverse administration, faculty, and students while on campus. The program offers additional opportunities to enhance interview skills, practice job-talk presentations, and explore the research, teaching, and service expectations of RIT Faculty members. Visit this page for more information and to apply:

Meyerhoff Fellow Alexander Peredes (Chemistry), also an HHMI Gilliam Fellow – the first Meyerhoff Graduate to receive this award will host MIT/HHMI Professor Catherine Drennan and one of her trainees, Sheena Vasquez, on campus as part of an HHMI Gilliam-sponsored seminar series. There will be a G-RISE “chat and chew” on Friday, March 10, 2023, from 4-5 pm. Please confirm your attendance via the google calendar invite. Learn more about the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship here:

Former Meyerhoff Fellow, Dr. Ester Sesmero (Chemistry) is in need of judges for a science fair at her school Divine Mercy Academy, on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 9:15 am through noon.  Please see Justine’s email for further details and contact Ester directly if you can serve as a judge.

Please take time to nominate one of your peers for the Jackson/McIntosh Awards.   These two awards were established in honor of the parents of our donors, who like to remain anonymous.  Each year, a Meyerhoff Graduate student is selected for each award.  These awards recognize students each year who have advanced to candidacy and whose outstanding meritorious service to humanity is continually demonstrated by ongoing acts of generosity and kindness.  Separate from the awards, funding from these donors is used to support activities not supported by our federal NIH award i.e. international travel, workshops, etc.  In past years, the donors have attended our in-person April monthly meetings to meet the awardees.

Please submit your nomination(s) by Friday, February 24, 2023

The IDEA team is very excited to announce the Rising Stars in Cell Biology symposium at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, on April 22, 2023.

The Rising Stars Symposium will provide an all-day (8am-6pm) forum for early-career scientists (undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, Masters and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows) in the greater Baltimore area to present their research through plenary talks and posters, exchange ideas with their peers and senior scientists, and features a keynote talk by Dr. JoAnn Trejo (University of California, San Diego)

We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this symposium to research-oriented trainees in the broadly defined realm of cell biology (including microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental and computational biology). We also welcome trainees who are interested but do not have research experience yet.

Additionally, please forward this email to other interested professors and program directors. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

For updates (and a registration link) please check the Johns Hopkins Cell Biology website.

Please volunteer as a Category Judge for our 75th Annual Prince George’s Area Science Fair (PGASF). The in-person PGASF will be held Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Charles Herbert Flowers High School located at 10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road Springdale, MD 20774.
The PGASF has 21 categories based on the category list from the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Judges will be assigned to either the Junior Division and/or Senior Division based on the need and the number of projects entered into the fair. By completing this form, you will be registered as a category judge for our 75th PGASF. Please complete this form by Friday, February 3, 2023.