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Assistant Professor (Atmospheric Science/Meteorology)


United States Naval Academy, Oceanography Department


Initial application review will begin on December 1, 2021 and then 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 Oceanography Department offers a B.S. in Oceanography, and graduates approximately forty students per year. Our curriculum is academically diverse with an emphasis on atmosphere-ocean dynamics, and coursework that spans the range of meteorological and oceanographic disciplines. Our faculty is a mix of civilians and military officers. The Oceanography Department facilities include a geophysical fluid dynamics/rotating tank laboratory, a dedicated data server, campus-wide computational resources, a 108ft research vessel, and a stand-alone laboratory facility with state-of-the-art oceanographic and meteorological equipment. For more information on the Oceanography Department, please visit our website: 

The Oceanography Department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and seeks to recruit exemplary faculty in the field of Atmospheric Science and Meteorology. The Brigade of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy is diverse and comprises members of each Congressional District in the United States. To best educate and mentor this broad student body, the Oceanography Department values and supports candidates who reflect the diversity of our students and/or who can contribute diverse perspectives, skill sets, and expertise to our current program.


The United States Naval Academy Oceanography Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of Atmospheric Science or Meteorology to begin in the fall 2022 semester. The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper level meteorology and atmosphere-ocean dynamics courses at the undergraduate level, along with elective courses that are commensurate with their research interests and the needs of the Oceanography Department. Teaching load is typically three courses per semester with small section sizes and two to three preps per year.

We seek an early-career scholar with a proven peer-reviewed publication and research record in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related discipline, and who engages in cross-disciplinary collaborative research. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research utilizes large gridded datasets and/or model output, however all strong applicants will be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an active research agenda, ideally complementing and extending existing areas of departmental expertise, and engaging Midshipmen through mentorship and scholarship.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach introductory, upper level, and elective meteorology and atmosphere-ocean dynamics courses.
  • Carry out an active research agenda resulting in quality peer-reviewed publications.
  • Willingly include and engage Midshipmen in research, scholarship, and mentorship.
  • Collaborate with other faculty in support of the departmental and institutional mission.

Full summer research support may be available for the first three years of new appointments; after that, civilians may receive partial summer support but are encouraged to pursue external research funding. In addition to competitive federal benefits, faculty can access myriad resources from the United States Naval Academy’s Center for Teaching and Learning, Research Office, and the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership to successfully develop as leaders throughout their career paths.

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



  • A Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, or a closely-related discipline (anticipated completion of Ph.D. no later than June 2022 is acceptable).
  • A commitment to undergraduate education with the aptitude and academic background to successfully teach, develop, and improve introductory and upper level meteorology and dynamics courses at the undergraduate level, in addition to upper level elective courses.
  • Demonstrated peer-reviewed publication and research record in atmospheric science, meteorology, or a closely related discipline. 
  • Experience coding in MATLAB, Python, or a related language. 
  • Candidates with research focus in atmospheric dynamics, meteorology and related disciplines.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, teaching and research statements, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three references 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.


  • 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: Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and then 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.  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: OC-21-22-1

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

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