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Instructor of Practical Applications in Materials Science

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Engineering and Weapons Division
DATE CLOSES: Open until the position is filled.


The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is a four year undergraduate institution with a mission to prepare midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically for commissioning as officers in the naval services.  The institution 1) provides an accredited undergraduate education and officer accession program for the Nation, 2) is a historic national landmark with over one million visitors per year, and 3) is a host to national and international events, many of which are open to the public and attended by the highest representatives of Government.

In pursuit of academic excellence, the Naval Academy fosters an educational environment that supports and encourages midshipman learning and critical thinking through innovative teaching methods that address a variety of learning styles. We seek outstanding civilian and military faculty and staff from all segments of society, and provide them with the necessary support resources to enable midshipmen to achieve academic success.  Our goal is to provide a stimulating environment that instills a passion for lifelong learning and imbues our midshipmen with the intellectual curiosity and analytical rigor needed to be in the forefront of technological advances and global understanding in a rapidly changing and diverse world.


The Materials Science Laboratories provide unique hands-on experiences to Midshipmen in design, fabrication, integration, test,
and operation of Materials Science projects.  The Instructor of Practical Applications in Materials Science will support these activities by developing lab and course material for use in Engineering classes; instructing midshipmen in classroom and laboratory activities including assistance with independent research projects and capstone design projects; operating and maintaining the Materials Science Laboratory facilities including metallurgical and microscopy facilities, computer hardware and software, fabrication and testing facilities; and supporting the Division of Engineering and Weapons capital investment plans, annual budget activities and completing purchase orders for procurement of new equipment.  


This will be a 12-month per year appointment during the initial 3-year contract period.  Renewal of this appointment is anticipated and will be contingent on the performance of the Instructor of Practical Applications during the contract period plus the needs and emerging plans relating to the Naval Academy’s engineering curriculum.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Have at least two years’ experience in a combination of the following areas: metallography to include sample cutting,
polishing, and mounting, microscopy to include either optical and/or electron microscopy, and material property evaluation to include mechanical testing. and have experience teaching or assisting in a classroom environment.

Experience in the development of educational materials for Materials Science laboratory and classroom use and experience
working directly with students in a laboratory environment are highly desirable.

Desirable that the Instructor of Practical Applications in Materials Science have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical
training in a related engineering field, have two or more years of field experience operating and maintaining Materials Science and computer laboratory equipment and have experience teaching or assisting in a classroom environment. 

Experience working with microprocessors and common computer engineering and programming tools (such as Matlab, Simulink, Solidworks, Microsoft Office) is also desirable. 

All faculty positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.


Applications in the form of a cover letter, a resume including professional experience relevant to the position, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent electronically to Technical Support Director, Division of Engineering and Weapons at   Applications will be reviewed starting 15 April 2014 and will be accepted until the position is filled. 

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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