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Assistant/Associate Professor (Mechanical Engineering)


United States Naval Academy, Mechanical 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 desirable Annapolis, Maryland. As a 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 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 Mechanical Engineering Department invites applications for one or more tenure-track positions with an anticipated start as early as summer 2023. Preference will be given for candidates at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level may be considered. Candidates with expertise in areas of mechanical or nuclear engineering are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a solid commitment to undergraduate teaching and to producing high-quality peer-reviewed research. 

The Mechanical Engineering Department is committed to both the principles and the daily practice of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are a team of civilian and military educators dedicated to the Naval Academy mission of developing leaders to serve the nation. We must be role models and mentors for midshipmen who themselves constitute a diverse student body drawn from every congressional district and US territory. Our commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service is best accomplished when diverse voices are welcomed, supported, and inspired to share their experiences and perspectives. Critical to that success is enhancing our diversity and inclusiveness in all ways, and we seek a colleague eager to champion these principles. 

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers ABET accredited degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and General Engineering. Our faculty consists of approximately 24 tenured or tenure track civilian professors with doctorates who balance teaching excellence with internationally recognized research programs, plus 18 active duty military officers with Masters or Doctoral degrees. The department supports up to 100 students each year who major in one of our disciplines, provides core engineering classes to other majors, and teaches applied thermodynamics to all students in the Brigade of Midshipmen. 

The successful applicant can expect to teach two or three classes each semester with small class sizes (typically 16-20 students). The department is collegial and highly collaborative, and numerous opportunities exist for research and summer salary support from within the institution and with nearby laboratories. Engineering at the Naval Academy operates on a model of shared laboratory spaces. We have outstanding facilities for faculty and student research including microscale heat transfer labs; low speed, transonic, and supersonic wind tunnels; hydro lab facilities including two tow tanks and a water channel; additive manufacturing capability; engine and propulsion laboratories; materials testing and SEM facilities; and a nucleonics lab with a subcritical reactor and two neutron generators.  

More information about the department can be found at the Mechanical Engineering Department website.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate courses in mechanical and/or nuclear engineering.
  • Conduct high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly research.
  • Serve as a mentor to midshipmen for capstone and independent research projects.
  • Perform rank-appropriate service activities for the Department, School, and Institution.

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 doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited institution (anticipated completion of doctorate no later than June 2023 is acceptable).


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, particularly with undergraduate students, that results in peer-reviewed publications. 
  • A commitment to undergraduate education, and evidence of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level.
  • Ability to mentor a diverse population of students.
  • Excellent communication skills. 


Interested candidates should send: 

  1. A cover letter and curriculum vitae.
  2. A teaching statement that describes experiences, philosophy, and evidence of effectiveness in the classroom.
  3. A summary of prior research accomplishment, and plans for future research with midshipmen.
  4. A description of the candidate’s experiences and approach to working with students from diverse backgrounds. For more information on the range of student backgrounds our faculty interact with daily, please see the USNA 2025 Class Portrait (
  5. The names, with complete contact information, of three professional references.

All materials should be sent to the ME Department Search Committee at:

Please note:  Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 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.

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: MECH-22-23-1

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

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