Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Location: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

Tenure Track and Research Assistant/Associate Professor (Acoustics)
Department of Physics

The Physics Department of the Naval Postgraduate School invites applications for both a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level and a research faculty position at the Research Assistant/Associate Professor level with expertise in one or several areas of acoustics that include acoustic sensor design for material characterization, acoustic spectroscopy, sonar transducer design and testing, and ocean acoustics.  Exceptional candidates may be considered for appointment at a more senior level.  A PhD is required, and degrees in physics or applied physics are preferred for breadth of teaching within the department.  Applicants must show excellent research potential, are expected to develop an externally funded research program, and tenure-track applicants must have a strong commitment to graduate teaching. Opportunities for non-tenure-track faculty to engage in graduate teaching may also be available with the requisite background and expertise.

The Physics Department is part of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and has a long history of excellence in the areas of conventional weapons, electro-optic sensors, and acoustics.  The department is comprised of approximately 15 tenure-track professors, 5 research professors, three senior lecturers, and approximately 15 research associates.  The Physics Department has active research programs in physical acoustics, acoustic vector sensors, transducer design, ocean acoustic propagation, and acoustic communications.  In addition, the department has several autonomous, ocean-going systems with acoustic sensing and communications capabilities available for research.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Requires an earned doctoral degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Ocean Engineering, or acoustics-related engineering field;
  • Must be able to independently support research programs complementary to work being conducted at the Naval Postgraduate School;
  • Must be able to support a breadth of the department’s instructional needs (tenure-track);
  • Excellent teaching ability or aptitude (tenure-track);
  • A sustained publications record;
  • Evidence of potential to advise student theses and dissertations based on comparable experience or aptitude;
  • Must currently hold or be eligible for a Secret clearance;
  • U.S. citizenship required.


NOTE: IF YOU ARE A VETERAN, you are strongly encouraged to: Identify your Veterans’ Preference on your resume or elsewhere in your application package (type of preference, dates of service, date of VA letter, character of service, etc…)

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A letter of application including CV, statements of teaching and research interests, and the names and addresses of three or more references should be sent to:

Prof. Kevin B. Smith
Chair and Professor
Department of Physics
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA  93943



Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Relocation package, including recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized.  The position will remain open until filled.


The Naval Postgraduate School is an equal opportunity employer. For additional information about NPS, please refer to the website at


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