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Assistant/Associate Professor (Cyber Science)


United States Naval Academy, Cyber Science Department


Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2023 and 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 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 U.S. Naval Academy invites applications for multiple tenure-track positions, with preference for those applying for Assistant Professor ranks, beginning in the Fall semester of 2024 or Spring semester of 2025 in the Department of Cyber Science in support of growing cybersecurity education initiatives.  These initiatives include a rapidly growing Cyber Operations major that is both ABET-accredited and designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) and Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency - and a brand new, state-of-the-art building to support multi-disciplinary cybersecurity education and research.  Because of our position as a service academy and our collaborative activities within the military and government cybersecurity and intelligence communities, we provide a unique opportunity for our faculty to work with cybersecurity thought leaders from all over the world, and to impact an important program with a substantial global impact. In 2019, an overview of our program was published in IEEE Computer

Cyber Operations has become a top priority for the Department of Defense, which increasingly relies on technology and cyber space for warfighting capability, command and control, critical information exchange, and administrative needs. As a result, there is a growing demand for the United States Naval Academy to produce leaders with the appropriate awareness and skills to meet the nation’s operational cyber needs. 

Given the breadth of the topic, a variety of academic backgrounds are welcome to apply. 

Preference is given to applicants for the Assistant Professor position, but the committee also will consider applicants for the rank of Associate Professor.  Salary and appointment to an academic rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Teaching and developing undergraduate courses focused on Cyber Operations
  • Academic research in the area of Cyber Operations
  • Mentoring of students and faculty

Candidates should have an interest in and understanding of cybersecurity or cyber operations as well as practical teaching and/or research experience involving areas such as (but not limited to) network security, systems security engineering, industrial control systems security, reverse engineering, cryptography, secure software development, web security, database security, cyber policy, or social engineering.

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. or equivalent terminal degree in a cyber-related field, which may include (but are not limited to) fields such as Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Science, Computer Security, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Public Policy, Political Science, and Cyber Policy is required (anticipated completion of the terminal degree no later than June 2024 for a Fall 2024 start is acceptable, and anticipated completion of the terminal degree no later than November 2024 for a Spring 2025 start is acceptable).
  • Successful candidates must be eligible and able to screen for a U.S. security clearance.


  • Well qualified candidates will have relevant cyber-related scholarship and teaching experience at the collegiate level.


Applicants should send a cover letter, teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, and a list of at least three references (letters of recommendation encouraged if able) to the Search Committee, at .

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15th, 2023 but applications will be accepted until the position is 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: CYBER-23-24-1

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

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