Meet the New Faculty Candidates Poster Session

Wednesday, November 29
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

Abstract Submissions are Closed

The abstract submission deadline for new faculty candidates was October 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET. 

See below for submission evaluation criteria and other helpful tips.


Information for Recruiters and Search Committees

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

Complete the form below so the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee can reach out to you with information before the event. As a bonus for attending, we will provide interested recruiters with a 25% discount toward a Job Flash™ Package on the MRS Career Central Job Board.

*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 2023 MRS Fall Meeting to view candidate information and/or attend the live poster session.

Information for New Faculty Candidates

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.

 Abstract acceptance emails will be sent out by late October.

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



The 2023 Meet the New Faculty Candidates Poster Session will take place onsite in Boston ONLY. There will be no virtual presentations. Zachary Hood and Babak Anasori discuss the “Meet the Faculty Candidates” event, in which potential academic employers can interact with potential new faculty candidates as they present their research and qualifications.




"Faculty application is not only about putting your CV together or writing a cover letter, it's about developing your vision on research, teaching, and diversity and inclusion. So it requires a lot of thinking."

∼ Babak Anasori

Additional Resources

  • Example Abstracts and Titles from previous events » here
  • MRS Tip Sheet: Tips for the "Meet the New Faculty Candidates" Poster Session » 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





Publishing Alliance

MRS publishes with Springer Nature


Symposium Support