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Lecturer in Philosophy (EXPIRED)

Faculty of Arts, University of Canterbury

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Ethics of artificial intelligence
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number CA3JSO
Location Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Job description

School of Humanities and Creative Arts

Faculty of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata

University of Canterbury| Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Christchurch | Ōtautahi, New Zealand | Aotearoa

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Pūkenga? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

We invite Lecturer applicants specialising in the ethics of artificial intelligence to join our Department of Philosophy. The successful candidate will: contribute to teaching in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate philosophy courses, not limited to ethics and AI; will be eager to promote AI ethics and ethics more generally as subjects across the university, and to teach AI ethics courses to students from diverse backgrounds; will maintain a strong research programme and win external research funding; will supervise postgraduate students; and will participate in departmental and university administration. The appointee will be expected to forge links with and contribute to the wider profession at the local, national and international levels.

Mōu | Who You Are

Applicants must have a PhD degree and a record of published research. The successful candidate will have expertise in AI ethics, as well as in philosophy more broadly. The successful candidate will be an outstanding teacher, with a strong commitment to developing excellent courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

UC's Philosophy department is situated in both Arts and Science and is noted for its world-class research, especially in scientifically-oriented areas of philosophy (including philosophy of computing, logic, philosophy of mind, and history and philosophy of science and technology). The Department has a strong and active research profile in ethics (including bioethics, ethics of information technology, moral psychology, and metaethics). Members of the department have won University awards in both research and teaching, and have won a number of prestigious international research awards. The department has a vibrant visitors program, and is fortunate to be able to host 2-3 international academics annually for stays of up to 3 months.

UC's emphasis on scientifically-oriented philosophy is reflected in its being the only New Zealand philosophy department to offer both the BA and BSc, and MA and MSc, in philosophy. Our majors and minors study a broad curriculum covering all core areas of philosophy. The department's strongly interdisciplinary ethos leads philosophers also to teach courses not only in the Faculty of Science but also the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Business and Law, and the School of Health Sciences.

The study of philosophy has been part of the Canterbury curriculum since 1907. Many renowned philosophers have worked at Canterbury, including Sir Karl Popper, who wrote his famous books The Open Society and Its Enemies and The Poverty of Historicism while at Canterbury, and Arthur Prior, who is arguably the most important New Zealand-born philosopher of the 20th century. Popper and Prior began Canterbury's tradition of first-rate philosophical research. Some background information about the history of Canterbury philosophy and the University can be found here: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/prior/http://www.rutherfordjournal.org/article010112.html; and http://popper-prior.nz/.

For more information about the Philosophy department, please visit our website.

UC has recently developed a new institutional strategy, see https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2019/ucs-strategic-vision-2020-to-2030.html. In this context, we encourage applications that demonstrate particular strength in multidisciplinary research, experience in developing effective international research collaborations, and experience in developing pedagogies that support life-long learning.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

What we offer

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Relocation support
  • Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
  • Flexible employment practices
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • Research and study leave
  • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite cafés and eateries, and more.

For more information about our Benefits, visit us here

The salary scale for this position, on this Academic salary scale, for Lecturer (2.01 - $82,882) to Professor (2.06 - $100,954).

The closing date for this position is: Tuesday, 1 November 2022 (midnight NZ time)

Please note, applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications must be submitted online through our careers website and should consist of:

  • cover letter including a short statement (not exceeding two pages) outlining your research interests, and your teaching interests and teaching methods
  • curriculum vitae which includes publications, research grants, awards, courses taught, and the names and contact details of four referees.

Unfortunately we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to [email protected]

For further information specifically about the role or the Philosophy Department, please contact Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland [email protected]

How to apply
Application type Online
Applications must be submitted online through our careers website and should consist of: a cover letter including a short statement (not exceeding two pages) outlining your research interests, and your teaching interests and teaching methods a curriculum vitae which includes publications, research grants, awards, courses taught, and the names and contact details of four referees.
Web address to apply https://jobs.canterbury.ac.nz/jobdetails?jobmc=812...
Deadline for full consideration: November 1, 2022, 11:59pm NZST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline November 2, 2022, 11:59pm NZST
Web address for more information https://jobs.canterbury.ac.nz/jobdetails?jobmc=812...
Contact name Jack Copeland
Contact email
Time created September 22, 2022, 8:26pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date November 2, 2022, 11:59pm NZST
Expired on November 4, 2022, 12:46am NZST
Last updated January 3, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
Last update notification
The application closing date for this role has been extended to Tuesday, 1 November 2022 (midnight NZ time).
October 7, 2022, 2:48am UTC

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