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Assistant/Associate Professor (Aerospace Engineering)


United States Naval Academy, Aerospace Engineering Department


Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in Annapolis, Maryland.  As a service academy and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American higher education institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by a common purpose--to develop the next generation of officers to be exceptional leaders in our naval service.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce of faculty and staff who provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives 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. Employees 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 Aerospace Engineering Department invites applications for one tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin as early as the summer of 2023.  Applications for the rank of Assistant Professor are preferred, but Associate Professor may be considered for candidates who have extensive records of teaching and scholarship in the desired disciplines. The Aerospace Engineering Department is committed to the value of a diverse faculty working as a team in an equitable and inclusive environment. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. All students in the ABET-accredited Aerospace Engineering program complete introductory courses in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics before choosing a specialty track in Aeronautics or Astronautics. Aeronautics Track students further choose to concentrate on fixed wing flight or vertical lift flight. This position is for teaching courses primarily in the Aeronautics Track or in the foundational courses taken on both tracks. Candidates should be strongly committed to undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring of a diverse student population; producing high-quality, peer-reviewed research; and service to the institution and their professional communities. For more information about the Aerospace Engineering Department and major, please visit

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering, with emphasis on courses in aeronautics or aerospace structures. Specific areas of interest are itemized below as part of the preferred qualifications. The usual teaching load for tenure-track faculty is 9 to 12 contact hours per semester with small section sizes (10 to 25 students) and two to three courses per year.
  • Plan, perform, present, and publish peer-reviewed research.
  • Provide academic advising and mentoring for students in the Aerospace Engineering major.
  • Conduct service activities at the department, School of Engineering & Weapons, and institutional level commensurate with experience.

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



  • A Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or closely related discipline (anticipated completion of Ph.D. no later than June 2023 is acceptable).


  • Experience in any of the following topics will merit additional consideration: i) high-speed aerodynamics, ii) airbreathing propulsion, iii) aerospace structural mechanics and materials, iv) additive manufacturing, and v) air vehicle design
  • Able and willing to teach courses in multiple subject areas within an undergraduate aerospace engineering curriculum


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three references that address both teaching and research abilities to be sent to the Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department Faculty Search Committee at  aero-search-2023-group@usna.eduIn the teaching or research statements as appropriate, candidates should describe their experiences and approach to working with students from diverse backgrounds, as doing so is integral to success as an educator at USNA.  Additionally, in the research statements candidates should describe their experiences and approach to involving undergraduate students in research activities.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning 1 December 2022, but 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 is required.
  • All Civilian Excepted Service/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.

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Announcement: AERO-22-23-1

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

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