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Assistant Professor of Physics

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Physics Department
APPLICATION TIMELINE: Application review will begin on November 15, 2017 and will continue until the positions are 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 unique 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 a tenure-track faculty position in physics. We are looking to fill two positions.  While this search is an open search and all who are interested are encouraged to apply, we are especially interested in candidates who specialize in acoustics or observational astrophysics.  Appointments at all ranks will be considered, but the preference is for junior faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. These positions may begin as early as the Fall of 2018.

Our highest priority in conducting a search is finding promising candidates who are interested in developing as teachers in a small-classroom highly-interactive environment as they continue to develop as researchers in their field of expertise.

Teaching is in the context of small classes (class sizes of 24 students or less), with two classes a semester being typical for faculty with a strong research program.  We do not have a graduate program here, and thus no TA’s either, so faculty members are fully responsible for their classes.  Summer school is taught typically by military officers and so the summer months see the balance shift to entirely being research driven for civilian faculty.  During the school year, civilian faculty members strive to find an appropriate balance between teaching and research.

In addition to showing signs of being able to establish and carry forward a research program that results in peer-reviewed publications, it is particularly attractive if your research program provides opportunities for upper-class majors to be involved.  We have a diversity of experimentalists and theorists (both formal and computational) in our department, and we encourage candidates to think about possible collaborative efforts within our department. 

Feel free to explore our department webpages for further information, 



  • A Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field.  Candidates should expect to complete their Ph.D. by July 1, 2018.
  • U.S. Citizenship


  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching including introductory calculus-based physics.
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level;
  • Knowledge and interest in employing active learning in the classroom environment;
  • A demonstrated superior teaching ability during the onsite interview;
  • A superior record of research and scholarship in peer review journals;
  • A plan to conduct research at the Academy with aspects that could involve midshipmen participation;
  • Ability to collaborate with our current faculty, or strong local area research connection that they plan on continuing, 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 someone who will be able to take ownership of, develop, and teach a variety of physics courses including required courses for physics majors at the upper division level.
  • Specialization in the area of acoustics in the context of research and also support of our senior level acoustics and underwater acoustics/sonar courses.  A successful acoustics candidate will demonstrate the potential for teaching a variety of physics courses including required courses for physics majors at the upper level.
  • Specialization in the area of observational astrophysics in the context of research and also teaching in support of our astrophysics track.  Observers whose research programs would make use of USNA’s new 20” PlaneWave optical observatory are strongly encouraged to apply.  As with all candidates, a successful astrophysics candidate will demonstrate the potential for teaching a variety of physics courses including required courses for physics majors at the upper level.
  • Superior success in a Post-Doctoral appointment;
  • A demonstrated ability to thrive in a collaborative, collegial environment.


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. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


1.  This is a rolling search, application review will begin on November 15, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.  November 15 marks the beginning of the review process, we expect to continue to receive and review packages into early January as we work towards a short list.   

2.  Interested candidates should submit their application (preferably as a single PDF) to To apply submit a cover letter, 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 at the point where we would like you to arrange for references to send their letters directly to us), a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research plans (possibly including a brief characterization of what is required to establish your lab). 

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-17-18-1

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

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