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The Department of Applied Mathematics has a multifaceted mission to provide an exceptional mathematical education focused on the unique needs of NPS students, to conduct relevant research, and to provide service to the broader community. A strong and vibrant Department of Applied Mathematics is essential to the university's goal of becoming a premiere research university. Because research in mathematics often impacts science and engineering in surprising ways, the department encourages mathematical explorations in a broad range of areas in applied mathematics with specific thrust areas that support the mission of the school.

Mathematics is the language of science and is fundamental to every quantitative science and technology curriculum on campus. The Department of Applied Mathematics strives to provide a solid mathematical foundation for all students as they make the transition into graduate curricula. We provide high-quality instruction in all courses, giving emphasis to relevant and modern mathematical techniques in our advanced courses. And we encourage students to develop and utilize skills in analysis, reasoning, creativity, and exposition as they acquire knowledge of mathematics and its applications.

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The Department of Applied Mathematics at the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California invites applications for one tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor. Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The NPS Mission

The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to “increase the combat effectiveness of U.S. and allied armed forces and enhance the security of the U.S.A. through advanced education and research programs focused on the technical, analytical and managerial tools needed to confront defense related challenges of the future.” Consistent with this mission, the Department of Applied Mathematics seeks to provide students with the highest quality education available in mathematics.

We seek candidates who can teach a wide range of courses (course listings can be found at math.nps.edu) primarily as on-campus lectures, but sometimes delivered by VTE. Candidates will also be expected to conduct an active program of research and to direct student theses.


The successful candidate for this position will possess a doctorate in Mathematics or a closely related area from an accredited university. All areas of research will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates specializing in areas that support existing departmental research efforts in discrete mathematics and data science, scientific computing and modeling, and computational dynamical systems and optimization. We seek candidates who can teach a wide range of courses (course listings can be found at math.nps.edu) primarily as on-campus lectures, but sometimes delivered by VTE. Candidates must have excellent communication skills (both written and oral), as well as strong interpersonal and organizational abilities. U. S. citizenship is required.

Institution and Setting

The Naval Postgraduate School (www.nps.edu) was established in 1909 and offers graduate programs at all levels for officers of the United States Armed Services, civilian employees of defense laboratories, and officers and civilians from allied nations. The NPS has approximately 1500 resident students enrolled in graduate degree programs, as well as non-resident students served by a distance learning program. The Department of Applied Mathematics has 20 tenure track and non-tenure track faculty members and offers both Masters and PhD degrees. The park-like 144-acre campus is located on the Monterey Peninsula, adjacent to the waters of Monterey Bay and only minutes from the Monterey Regional Airport. The area offers a pristine environment of unparalleled scenic beauty, parks, restaurants, art galleries and cultural events. Other local research and educational institutions include the California State University at Monterey Bay, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Defense Language Institute, Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, the Naval Research Laboratory (Marine Meteorology Division), and Monterey Peninsula College.

Salary and Benefits

Naval Postgraduate School faculty are employed as excepted-status federal civil servants on a salary scale that is competitive with other universities. Faculty are eligible for the health insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits available to all federal government employees. Academic appointments and salary for these positions will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit a cover letter describing their qualifications for these positions, a comprehensive curriculum vitae or resume and contact and e-mail address information for a minimum of three references. The application material must clearly state the applicant’s citizenship. Applications may be submitted electronically or in hard copy to:

Prof. Frank Giraldo
Department of Applied Mathematics
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943-5121
(831) 656-2293
fxgirald@nps.edu (preferred)

Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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