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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Physics
United States Naval Academy

The Naval Academy’s Physics Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in physics. Appointments at all ranks will be considered, but the preference is for junior faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. These positions may begin as early as the Fall of 2014. A Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field is required.

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is a four year undergraduate institution with a mission to prepare midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically for commissioning as officers in the naval services. The institution 1) provides an accredited undergraduate education and officer accession program for the Nation, 2) is a historic national landmark with over one million visitors per year, and 3) is a host to national and international events, many of which are open to the public and attended by the highest representatives of Government.

In pursuit of academic excellence, the Naval Academy fosters an educational environment that supports and encourages midshipman learning and critical thinking through innovative teaching methods that address a variety of learning styles. We seek outstanding civilian and military faculty and staff from all segments of society, and provide them with the necessary support resources to enable midshipmen to achieve academic success. Our goal is to provide a stimulating environment that instills a passion for lifelong learning and imbues our midshipmen with the intellectual curiosity and analytical rigor needed to be in the forefront of technological advances and global understanding in a rapidly changing and diverse world.

Establishing a successful research program here can be challenging though the USNA provides support for the development of labs with the most success being associated with a timeline that is flexible and builds over a few years. A big part of the challenge is also what is exciting about our program: our program prioritizes a healthy balance between teaching and research. Teaching is in the context of small classes (class sizes of 24 students or less), with two classes a semester being typical for faculty with a strong research program. We do not have a graduate program here, and thus no TA’s either, so faculty members are fully responsible for their classes. Summer school is taught typically by officers and so the summer months see the balance shift to entirely being research driven for civilian faculty. During the school year, civilian faculty members strive to find an appropriate balance between teaching and research.

In addition to showing signs of being able to establish and carry forward a research program that results in peer-reviewed publications, it is particularly attractive if your research program provides opportunities for upper-class majors to be involved. We have a diversity of experimentalists and theorists (both formal and computational) in our department, and we encourage candidates to think about possible collaborative efforts within our department.

Our highest priority in conducting a search is finding promising candidates who are interested in developing as teachers in a small-classroom highly-interactive environment as they continue to develop as researchers in their field of expertise. To this end, we encourage candidates from all fields who feel they may resonate with the structure and philosophy outlined above to apply. Particularly attractive opportunities exist for candidates who specialize in the condensed matter area of dielectric/electrical properties of materials due to the availability of developed in-house labs in this field.

Applications in the form of a cover letter, a CV including professional experience relevant to the position, the names of three references (we will contact you at the point where we would like you to arrange for references to send their letters directly to us), a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research plans (possibly including a brief characterization of what is required to establish your lab). These materials should be sent electronically, preferably as a single pdf, to the chair of the search committee, Associate Professor Paul Mikulski, at search@usna.edu. The U. S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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