GRADUCon 2020 - First Years as Faculty in STEM



We think and talk a great deal about what goes into obtaining a tenure track professor position. But what does the day-to-day of a first year faculty position actually look like? From administrative roles to committee meetings, and from teaching loads to setting up your lab — there’s a lot that goes into a “rookie year.” Hear from recent PhD/postdoc alumni about what they learned and did in their first year as a faculty member. This session will be dedicated specifically to faculty in STEM disciplines.


Stanislav Baturin, Assistant Professor of Physics, Northern Illinois University (Postdoc, Physics, University of Chicago, 2019)

Dr. Stanislav (Stas) Baturin is with the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Northern Illinois University. He did his fist postdoc at the commercial company “Euclid Techlabs” and then moved to The University of Chicago where he was a member of interuniversity collaboration “The Center for Bright Beams”. Stanislav received his BS, MS and PhD in Theoretical Physics from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, in 2014. His work spans accelerator physics, electromagnetism and mathematical physics. Stanislav develops new theoretical analytical models. Currently, his major scope of interests include the theory of the wakefiled acceleration, nonlinear beam dynamics and integrable optics, as well as advanced beam manipulation techniques and diagnostics. Stanislav also works on various aspects of carbon-based (nanotubes, diamond, graphene) electron source theory and applications.

Madeline Marshall, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences, Albion College (PhD, Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2018)

Dr. Madeline Marshall is an Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences at Albion College in Michigan. She studied geology and paleontology at Macalester College, and received a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Geophysical Sciences in 2018. Her graduate research involved stratigraphy and fossil preservation in nutrient-rich marine systems. Dr. Marshall has carried out field research on paleoenvironments in Madagascar, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and the Grand Canyon. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell College in Iowa (2018-2019) before joining the faculty at Albion College in 2019, where she teaches both upper and lower division geology courses, field courses, and supervises undergraduate research.

Beatriz Peñalver Bernabé, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (Postdoc, Medicine, University of Chicago, 2018)


Avery Posey, Assistant Professor of Systems Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (PhD, Genetics, University of Chicago, 2011)

Avery D. Posey, Jr., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Posey trained as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor with Dr. Carl June from 2011-2019. Dr. Posey developed the first glycopeptide-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, which targeted a cancer-specific glycoform of MUC1 and is currently being evaluated in a phase I clinical trial. His laboratory focuses on the development of novel T cell therapies for cancer, autoimmunity, and cardiovascular disease.


John Anderson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago

John Anderson is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, with many years of experience in the laboratory of Professor Greg Hillhouse. During this time, John focused on researching phosphine complexes of Ni, specifically with respect to their reactivity with small molecules such as carbon dioxide and carbon disulfide. John received his Ph.D. from CalTech in the group of Professor Jonas Peters, where his thesis centered around a discrete Fe complex that mediates catalytic nitrogen fixation to ammonia. John did a postdoc at Northwestern in the laboratory of Professor Dave Harris. During this time, John has focused on materials, particularly metal organic frameworks. A central theme is the ability to stabilize reactive species, such as low coordinate dioxygen adducts, within metal organic frameworks thus allowing their characterization and study. In his independent career, John and the Anderson group have been interested in linking the physical properties of transition metal centers, particularly their spin and radical character, to reactivity and bulk properties.

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