2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Meet the New Faculty Candidates Poster Session

Wednesday, November 30
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hynes, Level 2, Hall D

The Meet the New Faculty Candidates Poster Session offers an excellent opportunity for faculty candidates to meet one another and get feedback before their interviews, and for recruiters and search committees to find new faculty candidates. The goals of this event include the following:

  • Provide resources to help early career professionals apply to academic positions
  • Offer a networking opportunity for new faculty candidates and recruiters/search committees
  • Provide a platform for early career professionals to develop their statement of research and teaching/pedagogy and to practice for their interviews

Faculty candidates who plan to register for the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit are invited to submit an abstract for this event.

The deadline for abstract submission was October 20, 2022.


In-Person Meeting Information

This event will feature an in-person poster session, where faculty candidates will prepare posters highlighting their:

  1. Research vision
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Service

The poster session enables faculty candidates to network with other faculty candidates, get feedback on their interview materials, and for recruiters and search committee members to meet the new pool of faculty candidates in the materials sciences. Candidates should be prepared to engage in high-level discussions of their work and expertise as well as to discuss their motivation for becoming an educator.


Virtual Information

Pre-recorded presentations will be accessible December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023.

As part of this event, all faculty candidates will also pre-record a 3-minute elevator-type pitch describing your:

  1. Research vision
  2. Pedagogy
  3. Service

Candidates must upload their presentations into the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting portal. The online portal will allow attendees to post questions and schedule meetings throughout the virtual conference. The MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee encourages all participants to interact with fellow faculty candidates and offer constructive feedback throughout the conference. Candidates should complete a profile in the virtual MRS platform.


Information for New Faculty Candidates

Faculty candidates will be expected to submit a title, abstract, and CV for evaluation by the MRS Early Careers Professionals Subcommittee. 

Abstract acceptance emails will be sent out by October 28. If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to pre-record a ~3-minute presentation describing your 1) research vision, 2) pedagogy, and 3) service. This presentation must be uploaded by November 21, 2022 into the MRS Fall Meeting portal. A tip sheet for pre-recording your presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint can be found here. 

A full submission checklist, helpful tips, submission evaluation criteria, and example abstracts can be found below. 


Abstract Submission/Evaluation Criteria

The title and content of the abstract should be reflective of the candidates’ future research group that they will supervise. Abstract submissions should be less than 1,000 characters and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Is the title/abstract engaging?
  • Does the abstract/CV speak to the candidate's research?
  • Does the abstract/CV speak to the candidate's teaching?
  • Does the abstract/CV speak to the candidate's service?



Information for Recruiters and Search Committees

If you are a member of a search committee or in a department that is hiring:

The MRS Early Career Professional Subcommittee will reach out to you with information prior to the event. As a bonus of attending this event, we will provide interested participating recruiters with a 25 percent discount for your department to post your faculty position ad to the MRS Job Board.

The online repository of candidate abstracts will be available from December 1 - January 31 via the MRS Fall Meeting portal.  Search committees are encouraged to post questions and schedule private meetings with faculty candidates within the event portal. Note that the online candidate repository will be available the day after the in-person event.

*Recruiters and search committees are invited to attend the live poster session at the MRS Fall Meeting. Recruiters and search committees must be registered for the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting in order to view candidate information and/or attend the live poster session.




Additional Resources

  • Example Abstracts and Titles from previous events » here
  • MRS Tip Sheet - 9 Ways to Market Yourself for Your Faculty Dream Job » here
  • Relevant Webinars:
    • MRS Presents: Landing Your Faculty Dream Job » here
    • How to Land a Faculty Position - From Application to Interview: The Academic Market in Europe (Part 1) » here
    • How to Land a Faculty Position - From Application to Interview: Academic Positions in the U.S. (Part 2) » here 
    • How to Land a Faculty Position - From Application to Interview: Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (Part 3) » here
    • Additional Career-Focused Webinars and Tip Sheets can be found here


Former New Faculty Poster Candidates

Jasneet Kaur

"The Meet the New Faculty Candidates Poster Session provided me with an eye-opening experience on the faculty interviews by interacting with the members of the search committee of different universities and faculty candidates. Through this session, I could connect and interact with researchers from different parts of the world who work in the areas of materials science and engineering and learnt from their experiences being on the job market."

Jasneet KaurBrock University, Canada





Jun Xiao

“The experience [helped] me polish my ideas and presentation for the subsequent job searching. I highly recommend faculty candidates attend this super fruitful session.”

Jun Xiao, University of Wisconsin - Madison





Jasneet Kaur

"Chatting with other candidates and learning from their experiences provided tremendous insight and emotional support. I think it is very helpful to share with others the difficulties in getting a faculty position and knowing that you are not alone."

Mona EbrishVanderbilt University





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