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Postdoctoral Associate (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy - Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AOS categories Philosophy of Science
Applied Ethics
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location London, Ontario, Canada
Start date Late summer 2022
Job description

Western University’s Department of Philosophy and Rotman Institute of Philosophy invite applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in the area of ethics and artificial intelligence (AI). The successful applicant will be required to conduct original research in the ethics of AI and contribute to some teaching in this area. The Associate will join a burgeoning community of scholars at Western who are interested in interdisciplinary work on the ethical and societal dimensions of AI.


The Department of Philosophy at Western is one of Canada’s leading philosophy departments. A research-intensive department that has over 60 graduate students, it is home to the Rotman Institute of Philosophy as well as the Centre for Digital Philosophy. Many of our faculty conduct research that is relevant to the ethical and societal implications of AI, including faculty in moral, political, and feminist philosophy. In addition, the Rotman Institute has identified the area of ethics and AI as a priority and will continue to support research and teaching in it. The Associate will be expected to involve themselves in our research community by participating in relevant seminar series, reading groups, and research groups. They will be given office space in either the Department or the Institute, which are in two different locations.


There is a one-year term for this position, although it is subject to renewal for a second year, conditional on the availability of funding and performance during the first year. The start date will be in late summer 2022. Candidates must, at the time of appointment, have a PhD in Philosophy, or a related field, with an area of specialization in ethics. They also must have demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary research regarding AI. This position will include teaching responsibilities at the graduate and/or undergraduate level. The stipend is $45,000.

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


To be considered for this position, applicants must submit the following documents, combined into a single pdf file:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement (1 page)
  • Teaching Statement (1 page)
  • Writing Sample (6000 – 8000 words)


All applicants must complete our online application form. Please have your supporting documents prepared in advance and ready to upload within the application form. After an initial review of application materials, candidates who are short-listed for the position will need to arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by their referees. At least one letter should comment on the applicant’s teaching abilities. Please be prepared to provide these letters upon request.

Applicants should have fluent oral and written communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Western University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified people, including (but not limited to) women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please send an email to Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Carolyn McLeod, at [email protected].

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://www.rotman.uwo.ca/fellows/rotman-institute...
Deadline for full consideration: April 15, 2022, 12:00am EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://www.rotman.uwo.ca/fellows/rotman-institute...
Contact name Deborah Fox
Contact email
Time created April 1, 2022, 7:35pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date September 28, 2022, 5:04pm EST
Expired on May 24, 2022, 12:17pm EST
Last updated May 24, 2022, 4:17pm UTC
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