2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Meet Your New Industry and Government Candidates—Poster Session

Tuesday, April 14
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PCC North, 300 Level, Halls C–E–Exhibit

Meeting attendees view and discuss postersAre you interested in an industry or a government laboratory position but need an effective platform to better network with recruiters? Or are you a recruiter looking for talented candidates for your company or institution? Then this is the poster session for you!

The “Meet Your New Industry and Government Candidates—Poster Session” is a new event offered at the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, and organized by the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee. This event offers a great opportunity for recruiters and talent scouts from industry and government laboratories to meet new candidates.

New industry and government candidates must submit abstracts by March 13, 2020. Recruiters must RSVP to the event by April 10 to receive an abstract booklet. We look forward to your participation in this new event!

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For Recruiters


If you are a recruiter or talent scout that is hiring, please RSVP Here.

The MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee will reach out to recruiters and provide an abstract booklet including information about new candidates. Candidates at the poster session will be organized by their poster number included in the abstract booklet to increase the efficiency of the event.

For Candidates

The number of accepted posters is limited due to the available event space. Priority will be given to senior graduate students and Postdocs who are currently on the job market. Accepted abstracts may be expanded to senior undergraduate students who will be graduating within six months depending on space. Early submissions will also receive priority for acceptance.

**Note: If your abstract is accepted, it is expected that you will register for the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting.

Required Fields

  1. Name
  2. Email
  3. Current institution
  4. Current job title
  5. Area of research
  6. Title of poster
  7. Abstract (<200 words)
  8. One-page resume (file size <10 MB)
  9. A short questionnaire (at the end of the submission form)


  • March 13: Abstract submission closes (5:00 pm PST). Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis. Final notices will be distributed by March 15.
  • April 14 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm): Candidates hang posters
  • April 14 (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm): Poster session open to all attendees

Tips for Crafting an Effective Abstract

Do not submit a scientific abstract, but rather an advertisement highlighting your skill sets, experience and research interests as an industry or government candidate. The abstract is expected to include similar content that one would include in a cover letter for an industry or government position, but formatted as a standalone abstract. Keep it concise and digestible, as there is a strict 200-word limit. A catchy title is also encouraged for submission.

During the Poster Session

Presenters will be expected to bring a poster no larger than 46 inches (width) x 46 inches (height). It is expected that all posters will have industry or government laboratory relevance. Candidates should be prepared to provide high-level discussions of their work/expertise as well as their motivation for pursuing a career in industry or a government laboratory. All presenters are encouraged to bring extra copies of their resume and business cards to the poster session. Remember that the impact of your poster happens during and after the poster session.

Tips for Crafting an Effective Poster

The poster is expected to be an advertisement of you as a candidate. An effective poster will highlight your skill sets and experience while grabbing the attention of the recruiters. Recruiters may have several (or more) candidates they plan to meet, so large pictures and easily digestible content are desirable. Format and layout are critical to getting your message across. Never use less than 24 pt font and make sure all of the main points are at eye level. Creativity is highly encouraged as you prepare your poster.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact the organizing committee at ecp.mrs@gmail.com.