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Visiting Research Professor

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Office of Research and Scholarship
DATE CLOSES: Application review will begin on January 18, 2016 and will remain continuously open.


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, 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 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.


Up to three unfunded visiting research positions are available at the United States Naval Academy to conduct research of critical relevance to the US Navy.  The positions are specifically intended for interested researchers who (a) have already secured external research funds to support the scholarly activity, including all costs associated with salary, benefits, travel and supplies; (b) will engage in research project(s) with direct naval relevance and impact, to be conducted on the premises of the Naval Academy, and (c) have high potential for research collaboration with specific faculty members or laboratories at the Naval Academy. In particular, supervision of midshipman research projects is strongly desired.

This is a non-tenure track federal excepted service position.  The position includes office space, and library privileges. The applicant’s salary, travel and support, federal health and retirement benefits will be covered by the applicant’s external research funding.  Initial appointment will typically be for up to one year, depending on the funding timelines.  The position will be a year-round (12-month)appointment during the contract period, which is renewable for up to 4 years.  Renewal of this appointment will be contingent on project need, the availability of external research funding, and positive performance reviews.  Renewal (if exercised) will typically occur in one-year increments. 



  • Applicants must have a sustained and distinguished record of research, especially in areas of critical need for the US Navy.
  • Applicants must have research funding which is transferable to the Naval Academy to support their proposed scholarly activity, including all costs associated with salary, benefits, travel and supplies.
  • Funded research projects must show direct naval relevance and impact, and must be executable on the premises of the Naval Academy.
  • Funded projects must show high potential for research collaboration with specific faculty members or laboratories at the Naval Academy, and have a strong potential for leading to midshipman research projects.
  • A Ph.D. or an equivalent degree.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.


  • Strong desire to mentor undergraduate research students.

All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.  These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


  1. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and research interests, their curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.  All application materials should be emailed to Dr. Reza Malek-Madani at

  2. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 18, 2016.

  3. Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position.

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

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