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Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Scientist in Operations Research for Transplantation
United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland
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Date Posted April 03, 2020

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled


United States Naval Academy, Mathematics Department


Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until 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 civilian 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.

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 Mathematics Department at the United States Naval Academy, is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Scientist position in our Operations Research group to begin in the Spring of 2018.  This is a one-year appointment with possibility of renewal up to three years.

Successful candidates will work with Professor Sommer Gentry (of USNA) and Professor Dorry Segev (of Johns Hopkins University) on a high-visibility project using optimization and simulation models to design equitable and efficient systems to allocate organs for transplant. This project will include efforts in integer programming, heuristics, dynamic programming, discrete event simulation, computational optimization, and statistics and hypothesis testing. The project is in the key arena of operations research in healthcare and will improve public policy in transplantation in the United States. Supervising undergraduate research and classroom teaching are possible in this position, depending on interest. 

This project is expected to significantly impact transplantation policy using operations research methods. Researchers will be expected to publish and present research results in appropriate professional publications and venues.  The research environment will provide mentoring and assistance from math and operations research faculty at USNA; and from PhD epidemiologists and statisticians, medical doctors, and research assistants in the Epidemiology Research Group on Transplantation at Johns Hopkins.

Additional information about the United States Naval Academy can be found



-Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum:

  • Ph.D. in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Statistics, Biostatistics, or another related field is required.

  • Candidates should expect to complete their degree by August 2017.

-Research Scientist Minimum:

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Statistics, Biostatistics, or another related field is

  • Candidates should expect to complete their degree by August 2017.

-Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.


  • Expertise in one or more of these areas: solving computationally challenging optimization problems including integer programs and dynamic programs, discrete event simulation, robust optimization, Markov Decision Processes, heuristics, and statistics, biostatistics, or epidemiology

  • Passion for projects with real-world impact

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Candidates who have worked in healthcare operations research, especially in transplantation, are encouraged to apply, as are individuals with outstanding qualifications in other research areas.


All civilian positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


  1. Applicants should send a letter of application, a C.V., contact information for three references, and copies of graduate transcripts to You may also contact Sommer Gentry by telephone for more information at 410-293-6724. Fax: 410-293-6707. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 2017 but the position will remain open until filled. 

  2. Submit an optional 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.

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