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Assistant Professor (Chemistry)


United States Naval Academy, Chemistry Department


Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021 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 with a variety of experiences 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. 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 Chemistry Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Chemistry to begin as early as August 2022. The search is open to all areas of chemistry. Candidates with a background in organic chemistry are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful applicant must be deeply committed to teaching at the undergraduate level and will be expected to teach general chemistry in the institution’s core curriculum and upper-level chemistry courses in our ACS-certified chemistry major program.  The department is especially interested in applicants who will be exemplary mentors and role models to our highly diverse student population; recently the chemistry major has been attracting a growing number of students underrepresented in STEM.   In addition to teaching, the candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous research program that involves undergraduate researchers. The department has a wide range of instruments, including access to DoD High Performance Computers, an X-ray diffractometer, a high-field NMR, a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer, a confocal Raman spectrometer, a confocal fluorescence microscope, an AFM, and a scanning electron microscope, in addition to the more common instrumentation GC, MS, AA, HPLC, and biomolecular production and purification resources,  etc., which are shared among the department members for both teaching and research. Members of the Chemistry Department, and the Academy as a whole, value diversity in our students and in our ranks. We strive to create an open, respectful environment in which students feel free to express different ideas, opinions, and worldviews.

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



  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field (anticipated completion of degree by June 2022, is acceptable).


  • Postdoctoral experience and/or prior teaching experience is desirable but not mandatory. Candidates with a background in organic chemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. 



Interested candidates should send a cover letter, teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, provide contact information for three references, and arrange for three letters of recommendation that address both teaching and research abilities.  In your application materials, be sure to address how your experiences in teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and/or service might support the Naval Academy’s commitment to positively impacting a diverse student body including students from underrepresented populations in STEM.

Send all application materials to the Chair of the Chemistry Department at


  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Further information can be found at:
    • Please indicate in your application materials if you do or do not acknowledge and understand this requirement.

Please note: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

  • 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. Background investigations for non-US Citizens often require up to two years to complete, and for non-US Citizens the background check must be complete before employment can begin.  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 would like to request 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: CHEM-21-22-3

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

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