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Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part II: Interview Process
Finding a permanent academic position is notoriously difficult and the process of getting one is generally shrouded in mystery. Providing reliable and independent resources for early career materials scientists is one of the goals of the MRS Early Career Professionals Subcommittee. Last year, our Subcommittee hosted webinars examining the application process from the perspective of search committees. However, search committees are often only familiar with their own institutional application processes.

In this new series, we will hear the perspective of recently appointed (last two years) early career faculty members, who will provide a different perspective on the process. In our second webinar of this series, we will briefly outline the interview process, including the talks you are expected to give, and then discuss the experience of our panel whilst interviewing. After our initial discussion, the floor will open for audience Q&A.

Don’t miss the other webinars in this series:

Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part I: The Application Process
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. ET or OnDemand

Learn from the Early Career Faculty Webinar Series – Part III: The Offer and Next Steps
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. ET or OnDemand

Sep 28, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David Stewart
University of Maryland
Meagan Elinski
Hope College
Meagan Elinski joined Hope College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the fall of 2020. A Hope alumna, she earned her BS in Chemistry in 2013. For her graduate work at Texas A&M University, she specialized in surface chemistry and tribology (the study of surfaces in relative motion), determining how tailoring surface forces controlled the frictional properties of graphene. After completing her PhD in 2018 Elinski expanded her interest in tribology through postdoctoral research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. Working across multiple length scales, she focused on developing a mechanistic understanding of anti-wear film formation to enable lower viscosity lubricants and enhance the energy efficiency of vehicles. Capitalizing on her multidisciplinary training, Elinski is building a research program at Hope that targets the intersection of chemistry and mechanics within nanoscopic contacts.
Varghese Mathai
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ravitej Uppu
University of Iowa
Ravitej Uppu joined the University of Iowa as an Assistant Professor at the start of 2021. His research group, Quantum Light Control Lab, works on developing deterministic emitter-photon interfaces for applications in quantum technology. After his PhD on nano-optics and disordered systems at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research-India, Ravi expanded into quantum optics during his postdoctoral stays in the Netherlands and Denmark. At the University of Twente (Netherlands), he explored light transport in ordered and disordered nanostructures for developing novel quantum information protocols such as, programmable multimode quantum correlations and quantum-secure cryptography. His current research at the University of Iowa builds on this diverse and international experiences to create novel applications in quantum-enhanced imaging and simulation by bringing together quantum emitters, nanophotonics, and statistical optics.