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Assistant Professor (Chemistry)


United States Naval Academy, Chemistry Department


Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023 and will continue until the positions are 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 Chemistry Department invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning as early as July 2024. The search is open to candidates with backgrounds in organic and analytical chemistry, or related fields.  Successful applicants 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 in experimental or computational chemistry 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 an onsite, 10-month compensation, excepted service federal faculty position with a 3-year renewable appointment, a highly competitive salary, and full federal benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field (anticipated completion of degree no later than June 2024 is acceptable).

Other experiences or interests:

  • Postdoctoral experience and/or prior teaching experience is desirable but not mandatory.  Candidates with backgrounds in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, computational chemistry, environmental and/or oceanographic chemistry or related fields are 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 two or three letters of recommendation that address both teaching and research abilities to be sent to Chair of the Chemistry Department at  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.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2023 but the positions will remain open until filled. 


  • 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.


Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to This form is optional; your responses will not be shared with the hiring committee or anyone involved in the hiring process.

Announcement: CHEM-23-24-1

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

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