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Assistant Professor (Robotics and Control Engineering)


United States Naval Academy, Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering Department


Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 


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 distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented 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.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

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 Weapons, Robotics, and Control (WRC) Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin as early as the Fall semester of 2020. Candidates with a background in embedded systems, sensor networks, and/or cyber physical systems are particularly encouraged to apply although all qualified candidates will be considered.

The WRC department is a mix of civilian and military professors whose focus is on quality instruction in small classes that average no more than twenty students. Engineering labs are equipped with state of the art cyber-physical automation and control testbeds, machine vision and robotics platforms, and rapid prototyping tools. A permanent technical staff works closely with the faculty to support a deep commitment to project based learning, embodied by the “design spine” that runs through the major. Faculty in the department represent a broad range of academic disciplines and work closely with counterparts in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science for both research and undergraduate education.  Candidates with a background in embedded systems, sensor networks, and/or cyber physical systems are particularly encouraged to apply although all qualified candidates will be considered.

USNA is uniquely positioned to support interdisciplinary research, particularly in cyber physical systems. Hopper Hall, opening in the Fall of 2020, will be the Navy’s academic center for cyber research and education. Among many bespoke lab facilities, Hopper Hall will house a 100,000 gallon pool with aerial and aquatic motion capture systems for cooperative multi-domain robotics, a fully instrumented high bay for aerial robotics, and a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for classified research. All tenure track faculty are expected to produce peer reviewed research and contribute to their academic communities. 

USNA is among the most geographically diverse colleges in the United States. The student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen, is composed of undergraduates from all 50 states and 29 countries.  We seek candidates who are interested in contributing to our diverse academic community, and who support and demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education.  In addition to academics, opportunities exist for faculty involvement in a broad range of midshipmen activities such as summer sailing programs and varsity and club-level athletics.

This is a 10-month, tenure-track federal excepted service position. Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 



  • A Ph.D. in an engineering discipline is required (anticipated completion of Ph.D. no later than June 2020 is acceptable).


  • Background in embedded systems, sensor networks, and/or cyber physical systems
  • Familiarity with MATLAB and C


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three references that address both teaching and research abilities to be sent to Prof. B. E. Bishop, Chair of the Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering Department, at

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

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

Announcement: WRC-19-20-1


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

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