Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program
Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we remain committed to creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. That’s why our Janssen Oncology Research & Development team is thrilled to announce they have opened registration for the first step of the Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program (Janssen SODEP). This new program aims to build relationships with exceptional, ethnically diverse PhD students, medical students, PharmD students, and post-doctoral researchers. We propose to contribute to shaping their career, and bring greater visibility to our job opportunities by providing industry exposure and mentorship from our senior R&D leaders at Janssen.

There are three steps of Janssen SODEP: Exposure, Mentorship, and Placement. The first step of this program (Exposure) is a virtual Janssen Day, which will take place on September 15, 2021. REGISTRATION FOR JANSSEN DAY IS NOW CLOSED. Those who attend Janssen Day will have the unique opportunity to apply to advance to later steps of the program. Please see the tabs below for details, or download our program flyer here.

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In the Oncology Therapeutic Area of Janssen R&D, our vision to eliminate cancer is ambitious and bold. We choose this mission because we believe we can make an impact. With this same energy and focus, we are committed to continually enhancing our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and are determined to make a difference.

We are pleased to offer a new program to build relationships with exceptional, ethnically diverse graduate students, medical students, PharmD students, and post-doctoral scientists. We aim to contribute to shaping their career, and bring greater exposure to opportunities at Janssen. The Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Engagement Program (SODEP) is developed with the goal to follow external talent through industry exposure, mentorship, and possible placement.


Janssen Oncology will be hosting a Virtual Janssen Oncology Day on September 15, 2021, providing a unique opportunity to be exposed to the R&D process within industry and understand the critical skillsets to have a successful industry career. Interested eligible students need to register and provide a CV. Highlights include:

  • Formal presentations given by Janssen Oncology scientific and strategic leaders highlighting the many roles available for scientists and physicians in oncology drug development.
  • Smaller breakout sessions with Janssen Oncology leaders to facilitate more in-depth dialogue about what success looks like in industry, transferable skills from academia to industry, etc.

At the completion of the Virtual Janssen Oncology Day, scholars who would like to be considered for the mentorship step of the program will be asked to complete an application. This application will include a 1-2 page personal statement describing current research interests and interest in the program, and one letter of reference.

Based on the overall application and mentor availability, select scholars will be paired with Janssen leaders as part of an ongoing 1 year mentoring experience.

Highlights include:

  • Receive 1:1 career coaching and guidance from an industry leader
  • Receive $10,000 stipend for conference travel, research supplies, training courses
  • Further insight into pharmaceutical industry careers
  • Gain knowledge about pharmaceutical industry culture and navigation strategies
  • Resume/CV review and feedback

Gain increased opportunity to join the Janssen team:

As a final step, based on readiness of the scholars and overall business need at the completion of the mentorship period, select scholars may be identified as potential candidates for relevant open positions within Janssen Oncology, thus fueling our internal diversity pipeline.

  • ·Self-identify as African-American/Black or Hispanic
    ·Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada
    ·Full-time PhD students in year 2+ of their graduate program, medical students in years 1-2 of their program, PharmD students, or post-doctoral fellows
    ·Engaged or interested in oncology or other closely related disciplines such as immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, computational biology/data sciences, clinical research, and pharmacology.


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