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Research Assistant (Weapons & Systems Engineering)


United States Naval Academy,  Weapons and Systems Engineering Department


Application review will begin on June 20, 2018 and will remain open until 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 Weapons and Systems Engineering Department invites applications for a research assistant position beginning Fall 2018 to assist in the development of Wattsworth (, a platform for decentralized cyber-physical systems. Candidates should have a strong background in operating systems, embedded development, and network architecture. Mastery of Linux and Python is required and a familiarity with frontend web development frameworks is preferred. The position involves enterprise-grade software development as well as a commitment to producing high-quality peer reviewed publications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct peer-reviewed research in cyber physical system architecture
  • Co-advise undergraduate research projects and hold regular office hours during the academic year
  • Extensive fieldwork to include travel to US Navy ships and Department of Defense facilities
  • Provide software maintenance and technical support to end users as required.
This is a non-tenure track federal excepted service position.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications



  • An M.S. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related field. Anticipated completion of degree no later than August 2018 is acceptable.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


  • Significant experience with Linux and Python.
  • Familiarity with C, Ruby, and JavaScript frameworks (Angular, React).
  • Experience with time series data analysis and machine learning.
  • Secret Clearance


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, and curriculum vitae, and arrange for three references that address research abilities to be sent to John Donnal, Assistant Professor in Weapons and Systems Engineering at:

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning June 20, 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. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here

Announcement: WSE-18-19-2

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

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