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Assistant Professor (Robotics and Control Engineering)

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United States Naval Academy, Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering Department

APPLICATION TIMELINE:

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  

ABOUT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY:

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.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin as early as July 2023. The department faculty is a mix of civilian and military professors whose focus is on quality in-person instruction in small classes that average no more than twenty students. The Robotics and Control Engineering major prepares midshipmen for a world that is increasingly autonomous. Engineering labs are equipped with state-of-the-art autonomy and control testbeds, machine vision and robotics platforms, biomechanics instrumentation, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), and rapid prototyping tools. A permanent technical staff works closely with the faculty to support a deep commitment to project based learning, embodied by the “design spine” that runs through the major. Faculty in the department represent a broad range of academic disciplines and work closely with counterparts in other Engineering, Math, and Science departments for both research and undergraduate education. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and producing peer reviewed research, contributing to their academic communities.

USNA is among the most geographically diverse colleges in the United States. The student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen, is composed of undergraduates from all 50 states and 27 countries. We seek candidates who are interested in contributing to our diverse academic community, and who support and demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education. In addition to academics, opportunities exist for faculty involvement in a broad range of midshipmen activities such as summer sailing programs and varsity and club-level athletics.

Please visit the department website, https://www.usna.edu/WRC/, for additional information on the Robotics and Control Engineering major and facilities.

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.

MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related STEM fields is required (anticipated completion of Ph.D. 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:

  • Familiarity with microcontrollers and programming with Python, C, MATLAB, and other languages is desirable but not mandatory. 

HOW TO APPLY FOR POSITION:

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 to be sent to the WRC Search Committee, at robotics-and-control-engineering-hiring-2023-group@usna.edu. In the teaching or research statements as appropriate, candidates should describe their experiences and approach to working with students from diverse backgrounds, as doing so is integral to success as an educator at USNA.

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. 

IMPORTANT APPLICANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:

  • 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. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • 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 http://www.usna.edu/Academics/Faculty-Information/Background-Investigation-Info.php.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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 rsharps@usna.edu. Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

Announcement: WRC-22-23-1

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

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