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Assistant Research Professor (Ionic Liquids Research)


United States Naval Academy, Chemistry Department


Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021 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 Chemistry Department invites applications for one or more Assistant Research Professor positions at the U.S. Naval Academy to carry out research under several multi-year funded projects studying the use and application of Ionic liquids and related systems. These projects are directed at the generation of novel biopolymer and biopolymer composite materials using ionic liquid based processing methods; the chemical, physical, and structural characterization of novel ionic liquids and ionic liquid solvent systems; and the study and use of new ionic liquids as electrolytes for electrochemical power applications.

This position will entail carrying out state-of-the-art research under the direction of USNA Chemistry Faculty. It will involve designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, presenting results at scientific meetings, and writing manuscripts to be submitted to refereed journals. In addition, the position will involve the mentorship of midshipmen researchers.

This is a 12-month, non tenure-track, federal excepted service position with a one year initial academic appointment and anticipated renewal.  The position includes office space, computer facilities, library privileges, conference travel support, and health benefits.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 



  • Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, polymer science or related field.


  • Experience with biomaterial processing and modification.
  • Familiarity with the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids.


Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and research interests, their curriculum vitae, and a list of three references to the Search Committee at the below email address.

Send all application materials to the Search Committee, at


  • To comply with the applicable nationwide preliminary injunction on Executive Order 14043, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.  Newly hired employees will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. 

Please note: Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is 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: CHEM-20-21-3

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

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