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Assistant Professor (Physics)


United States Naval Academy, Physics Department


Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020 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 Physics Department invites applications for at least one tenure-track faculty position in physics. This search is open to all research specialties, and all interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Appointments at all ranks will be considered, but our preference is for junior faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position may begin as early as the Fall semester of 2021.

Our highest priority is to find a candidate who is committed to teaching in a highly interactive environment while establishing and maintaining a thriving research program here at USNA.

Teaching occurs in a small class setting (class sizes of 20 students or less), with a typical course load of two classes per semester. USNA does not have a graduate program (and hence no TA’s), so faculty members are fully responsible for their classes.  We are committed to hiring faculty who embrace the diverse nature of our student body comprised of exceptional women and men from every congressional district in the United States.

In addition to demonstrating the ability to establish and grow a research program resulting in regular peer-reviewed publications, it is particularly attractive if a candidate’s research program provides opportunities for meaningful involvement by upper-class physics majors.  Feel free to explore our department webpages for further information,

This is a 10-month federal excepted service position with a three year initial academic appointment.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in physics or a related discipline is required.  (anticipated completion of Ph.D. no later than June 2021 is acceptable).

Preferred:  Preference will be given to candidates who exhibit a number of the following at a level that is appropriate for their present career stage:

  • Commitment to teaching a very diverse student body in a range of undergraduate courses including introductory calculus-based physics
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Knowledge and interest in employing active learning in the classroom environment
  • Demonstration of superior teaching ability during an onsite interview
  • A superior record of research and scholarship in peer-reviewed journals
  • Plans to conduct research at USNA that is suitable for student participation
  • Academic experience in nuclear physics or theoretical physics
  • Ability to collaborate with our current faculty or researchers at local institutions and/or a strong record of independent research
  • A demonstrated mastery of their subject during a research talk and in faculty discussions during the onsite interview
  • Shows promise as a teacher, coordinator and/or developer of a variety of physics courses, including required courses for physics majors at the upper class level.
  • Superior performance in a Post-Doctoral appointment;
  • A demonstrated ability to thrive in a collaborative, collegial environment.


We encourage candidates from all research fields to apply.  Applications in the form of a cover letter, a CV including professional experience relevant to the position, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine), the names of three references (we will contact you if we would like you to arrange for references to send their letters directly to us), a statement of teaching philosophy to include your plans for bridging gaps to students from underserved populations, 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, Professor Chris Morgan, at

Please note: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


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. Background investigations for non-US Citizens often require up to two years to completeMore 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-20-21-1

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

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