2020 MRS Spring Meeting

How to Land a Faculty Position—From Application to Interview

Monday, April 13
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 A

Are you considering an academic career path?

Whether you are just starting out or looking for tips on how to optimize your application package, this session is for you. In this three-hour afternoon session at the MRS 2020 Spring Meeting,  you will have the opportunity to learn about the faculty application process and what makes for an outstanding package.

This session will begin with an introduction to the application process, from the documents within the application package to the interview and offer. Recent faculty candidates will discuss their experiences during the application process and established academics will highlight what they look for in applicants in each step of the application process. The session will end with an open panel session for any further questions from the audience.

Space is limited. Please register by April 1 to save your place.

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Eva Unger
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Peter Crozier

Peter A. Crozier
Arizona State University


Jeffrey Christians
Hope College


1:30 pm - 1:45 pm—Welcome and introduction to the faculty application process

1:45 pm - 2:10 pm—Eva Unger: The Academic Market in Europe

2:10 pm - 2:35 pm—Peter A. Crozier: Research-Intensive Academic Positions in the U.S.

2:35 pm - 3:00 pm—Jeffrey Christians: Thinking About Applying to a PUI?

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm—Insights from recent applicants

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm—Panel Discussion moderated by Babak Anasori

Organized by the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee

  • Babak Anasori, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI
  • Radhika Barua, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Thomas Folland, Vanderbilt University
  • Isabel Gessner, University of Cologne
  • Eva Hemmer, University of Ottawa
  • Zachary Hood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tianyu Liu, Virginia Tech
  • Katherine A. Mazzio, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
  • Maria Philip, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • David M. Stewart, University of Maryland
  • Amy Wat, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory