From Postdoc to Tenure-Track Faculty

The University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is inviting applications for the UVA Engineering Rising Scholars postdoc-to-faculty program.


This program is designed to encourage early-career scholars to pursue a career in academia by supporting their postdoctoral work before beginning in a tenure-track position at the University of Virginia. 

The program seeks to recruit exceptional early-career scholars committed to building a diverse intellectual community and promoting an inclusive scholarly environment. Selected candidates will enhance the diversity and excellence of UVA Engineering through their research, educational efforts and service.

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There are multiple components of the program:

  • The program seeks to recruit exceptional early-career scholars committed to building a diverse intellectual community and promoting an inclusive scholarly environment. Selected candidates will enhance the diversity and excellence of UVA Engineering through their research, educational efforts and service.
  • UVA Engineering will fund a postdoc position at an institution best suited to develop the scholarship of the candidate for up to two years. During this time, participants in the Rising Scholars Program will participate in multidimensional professional development, including opportunities to develop research skills, participate in mentoring and networking, and build collaborative professional relationships. The Rising Scholars Program is designed to create a seamless transition into a faculty position with high productivity immediately.
  • Upon completion of the postdoc position, the candidate will join UVA Engineering as a tenure-track assistant professor in their home department.

Requirements:

Candidates will be considered from all research areas represented in the departments of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Candidates must be in their final year of graduate school with an identified graduation date/dissertation date. Candidates should have the potential to be high-impact researchers, must be able to contribute to the teaching mission of their departmental homes, must have the potential to mentor students at the undergraduate and graduate level, and must have the potential for identifying and contributing to the inclusive environments within UVA Engineering. Priority will be given to candidates who contribute to the strategic plan and mission of the school and University.

Contacts:
For questions regarding the program, please contact Meara Habashi, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or Brian Smith, associate dean for faculty affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, faculty search advisor at the University of Virginia.

Our Rising Scholars

Kory Burns will join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an assistant professor in Fall 2024

Joshua Darville will join the Deparment of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in Spring 2025.

Kelsey Kubelick will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering department as an assistant professor in Fall 2024.

Daniel Otero-Leon will join the Department of Systems and Information Engineering department as an assistant professor in Fall 2025.

Karina Rider will join the Department of Engineering and Science department as an assistant professor in Fall 2024.

Phillip Taylor will join the Department of Chemical Engineering department as an assistant professor in Fall 2024.

Xiaoxuan Yang will join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering department as an assistant professor in Fall 2024.

UVA Engineering Rising Scholars standing in a group in Rice Hall