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UVA Engineering Rising Scholars Postdoc-to-Faculty Program


UVA Engineering Rising Scholars Postdoc-to-Faculty Program

  • R0039988
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
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.

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, mentoring, networking, and building 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.

Candidates will be considered from all areas represented in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. (For a list of departments and research areas see: https://engineering.virginia.edu/departments .) Candidates must be in their final year of graduate school with an identified graduation date/dissertation date. Candidate should have the potential to be a high impact researcher, must be able to contribute to the teaching mission of their departmental home, 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 that contribute to the strategic plan and mission of the School and University.

Please apply online at (insert link here) and attach the following required applicant documents:
  • A cover letter identifying why this program is attractive, and possible sites and locations for the postdoc position.
  • A current CV.
  • A research statement.
  • A teaching statement.
  • A statement identifying how they plan to contribute to the inclusive practices that create climates within which all UVA Engineering stakeholders can reach their maximum potential.
  • Contact information for at least 3 references.

Review of applications will occur on an on-going basis multiple times throughout the year.

For questions regarding the program please contact Meara Habashi, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at mhabashi@virginia.edu or Brian Smith, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, at bls2z@virginia.edu .

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu .

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.This position will also require an Education Verification (FSAKA).

Centrally located in the rolling foothills of Virginia, Charlottesville boasts a thriving intellectual community and cultural life with easy access to recreational venues. This makes Charlottesville one of the best places to live and work in the US, as noted by a large number of national awards and “Best of” lists . For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/ . In addition, the University of Virginia is annually ranked as one of the premier public institutions in the United States. More information about town, the school, faculty benefits and other topics can be found at http://uvacharge.virginia.edu/guide.html .

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit https://dualcareer.virginia.edu/

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minoritized groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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