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Assistant/Associate Professor (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering)


United States Naval Academy, Naval Architecture and Ocean 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 Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Department invites applications for a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor(s) of Ocean Engineering beginning as early as the summer of 2023. USNA is a service academy with a top-tier school of engineering and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. The Ocean Engineering program emphasizes project-based learning in an intensive, ABET-accredited curriculum. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Teaching load is typically two to three courses per semester with small section sizes (10 - 25 students). We seek candidates who can contribute broadly across the Ocean Engineering curriculum as well as incorporate their expertise in the classroom.

Candidates should also have a strong commitment to producing high-quality peer-reviewed research in their field of expertise. Research facilities are well-equipped and include two wave flumes, a circulating water channel, coastal basin, structures laboratory, and propulsion laboratory, as well as an Ocean Technology Laboratory, which contains field equipment to support classroom and research activities on the Severn River. 

Faculty who can effectively mentor or teach a diverse cohort of students are sought. The student body of the US Naval Academy reflects the population of the United States.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate courses in Ocean Engineering.
  • Conduct high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly research.
  • Serve as a mentor to midshipmen for capstone design 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 doctoral degree earned in Ocean Engineering, or a closely-related engineering field, such as Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering (anticipated completion of degree no later than June 2023 is acceptable).

We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience or demonstrated interest in some or all of the following areas:

  • Education or experience that can support teaching in a broad range of Ocean Engineering topics, such as water treatment, renewable energy, sustainability, wave mechanics, structures, geotechnical engineering, marine material science, and computational methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully publish research in peer-reviewed venues


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, statements on teaching, research, and diversity, curriculum vitae, and a list of contact information for three references who can address teaching and research abilities to be sent to the Ocean Engineering Search Committee at

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed beginning 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: NAOE-22-23-1

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

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