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Assistant Research Professor (Planetary Science)


United States Naval Academy, Physics Department


Application review will begin on March 1, 2022 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.


Applications are invited for a position as an Assistant Research Professor in planetary science at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Physics Department in support of Assistant Professor Matthew Knight, to begin as early as Spring 2022.  The successful applicant will lead analyses of comets observed with heliophysics assets and will assist in observational support and analyses of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The position will involve collaboration with colleagues at the Naval Research Laboratory, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and may require travel to obtain new observations in Chile and/or Flagstaff, AZ. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue research of their own choosing.

This is a federal excepted service position with a one-year initial appointment and the possibility of renewing for an additional year.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science, or a related discipline is required (completed prior to the start date).


  • Experience in comet/asteroid studies, heliophysics observations, or survey data mining is preferred, but not required.


  1. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae including the name and contact information for three references and a statement of research interests to
  2. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled.


  • 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. 


  • 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: PHYS-22-23-1

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

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