Assistant Professor of Physics
United States Naval Academy,
DATE CLOSES: Open until position is filled.
ABOUT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY
As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate university, the United States Naval Academy has its own unique niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented civilian faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for our naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards. Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.
The Naval Academy's Physics Department invites applications for a
tenure-track faculty position in physics starting as early as Spring
2014. Appointments at all ranks will be considered, but the preference
is for junior faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates in
all fields who value a balance between teaching and research are
encouraged to apply.
Establishing a successful research program here can be challenging though the USNA provides support for the development of labs with the most success being associated with a timeline that is flexible and builds over a few years. A big part of the challenge is also what is exciting about our program: our program prioritizes a healthy balance between teaching and research. Teaching is in the context of small classes (class sizes of 24 students or less), with two classes a semester being typical for faculty with a strong research program. We do not have a graduate program here, and thus no TA's either, so faculty members are fully responsible for their classes. Summer school is taught typically by officers and so the summer months see the balance shift to entirely being research driven for civilian faculty. During the school year, civilian faculty members strive to find an appropriate balance between teaching and research.
In addition to showing signs of being able to establish and carry forward a research program that results in peer-reviewed publications, it is particularly attractive if your research program provides opportunities for upper-class majors to be involved. We have a diversity of experimentalists and theorists (both formal and computational) in our department, and we encourage candidates to think about possible collaborative efforts within our department.
Our highest priority in conducting a search is finding promising candidates who are interested in developing as teachers in a small-classroom highly-interactive environment as they continue to develop as researchers in their field of expertise. To this end, we encourage candidates from all fields who feel they may resonate with the structure and philosophy outlined above to apply.
MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
A Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field is required.
Particularly attractive opportunities exist for candidates who specialize in the condensed matter area of dielectric/electrical properties of materials due to the availability of developed in-house labs in this field.
HOW TO APPLY FOR POSITION
Applications are in the form of: a cover letter, a CV including
professional experience relevant to the position, the names of three
references (we will contact you at the point where we would like you to
arrange for references to send their letters directly to us), a
statement of teaching philosophy, and a description of research plans
(possibly including a brief characterization of what is required to
establish your lab).
These materials should be sent electronically, preferably as a single pdf, to the chair of the search committee:
Associate Professor Paul Mikulski