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Assistant Research Professor (Gravitational Lensing and Quasar Physics)


United States Naval Academy, Physics Department


Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


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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.


Applications are invited for a position as a postdoctoral research associate in gravitational lensing and quasar physics at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Physics Department in support of Professor Christopher Morgan. The successful applicant will supervise the USNA/U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) lensed quasar monitoring program, a collaborative effort between these two institutions to provide regular optical/NIR monitoring of lensed quasars at northern declination. The position will involve analysis of lensed quasar light curves at optical and X-ray wavelengths (Chandra data) in collaboration with investigators at Ohio State, The University of Oklahoma, the CfA and the EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland. The position will require periodic travel to USNO, Flagstaff, AZ and will afford opportunities for optical instrumentation and/or adaptive optics work at USNO Flagstaff. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue research of their own choosing.

The position begins as early as Spring 2021 and no later than September 2021 for an initial period of one year, with a likely extension to two years pending a positive performance review.

This is a federal excepted service position.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or a related discipline is required. (successful dissertation defense prior to arrival with a later official graduation date is acceptable).


  • Experience in gravitational lensing, quasar physics, cluster computing and/or astronomical instrumentation is preferred, but not required.


  1. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae including the names and contact information for three references and a statement of research interests to  
  • Promising candidates will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation following review of their initial submissions.

Please note: Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


  • U.S. Citizenship is 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: PHYS-20-21-2

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

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