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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Physics)

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Physics Department


Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018 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 Naval Academy’s Physics Department invites applications for at least one tenure-track faculty position in physics. While this search is open to all research specialties, and all interested candidates are encouraged to apply, we specifically encourage applications from candidates in physical acoustics.  Appointments at all ranks will be considered, but our preference is for junior faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. These positions may begin as early as the Fall semester of 2019.

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 your 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, tenure-track federal excepted service position.  The initial contract period is for three years.  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 2019 is acceptable).


  • 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
    • 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.
    • Specialization in the area of acoustics both in research focus and in capability to lead our senior level acoustics and underwater sonar courses
    • 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, Associate Professor Chris Morgan, at  

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.


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

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.  Background investigations for non-US Citizens often require up to two years to complete. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here

Announcement: PHYS-18-19-1

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

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