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Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethics and Political & Social Philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Ethics and Political & Social Philosophy
AOS categories Applied Ethics
Normative Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Start date September 1, 2023
Job description


The Philosophy Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethics and Political & Social Philosophy. The appointment is for two years, subject to a positive performance review after the first year. The salary is $60,000 CAD plus benefits, and a $2,000 research budget. The fellow will have access to shared office space, library services, and IT services. The fellow may have the opportunity to teach at the UG level for additional pay as a sessional instructor (conditional on departmental teaching needs). 

The fellowship is affiliated with the Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Political & Social Philosophy held by Kimberley Brownlee. The fellow will undertake single-authored and collaborative research in normative theory pertaining to social connection and sociability, e.g. social human rights, freedom of association, social connectedness, belonging, loneliness, interactional ethics, or interspecies sociality. The fellow will co-organise project activities, will participate in departmental events, and will present work in progress at UBC seminars. 

Application Deadline: June 15, 2023. 

Start Date: September 1, 2023 (or as soon as possible thereafter). 

Required Qualifications 

·      A PhD in Philosophy or a cognate discipline, obtained before the fellowship start date. The fellowship is an early career position intended for someone who is within five years of their PhD.

·      Demonstrable research excellence with expertise in ethics or political and social philosophy 

·      Familiarity with debates about human rights or care ethics, or with work at the intersection of philosophy and social psychology 

·      Well-defined research plans for the period of the fellowship 

·      Capacity to work well independently and collaboratively 

·      Capacity to conduct research in a timely fashion and to meet appropriate deadlines 

·      Professional written and oral communication skills in English 

·      Willingness to engage in the organisation of project activities 

UBC Diversity Statement: Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

UBC Immigration Statement: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however the Government of Canada requires that priority be given to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada. 

The pdf of this advert can be found here: https://phil.air.arts.ubc.ca/documents/2023/05/postdoctoral-fellowship-in-ethics-and-political-social-philosophy.pdf.


For queries about the position, please contact Kimberley Brownlee at [email protected]. For technical assistance with the application portal, please contact Hei Yeung Sze at [email protected].

How to apply
Application type Online
Applications are to be submitted through the application portal (web address below). Applicants should submit the following materials as a single pdf by June 15, 2023 (Maximum file upload size is 12MB): 1) Cover letter (1-2 pages), 2) CV including the year of PhD completion (max. 8 pages), 3) Summary of the PhD thesis (1 page), and 4) Research proposal on some aspect of social connection or sociability, e.g. social-connection rights, interpersonal goods, family relationships, freedom of association, care ethics, interaction, loneliness, interspecies sociality, etc. (max. 4 pages). Applicants should ask three referees to submit confidential letters of recommendation directly to [email protected] with “Postdoc search” in the subject line by June 15, 2023.
Web address to apply https://phil.air.arts.ubc.ca/application-for-2023-...
Email to apply
Hard deadline June 15, 2023, 11:59pm PST
Web address for more information https://philosophy.ubc.ca
Contact name Kimberley Brownlee
Contact email
Contact phone 604 827 0027
Time created May 19, 2023, 6:50pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date June 15, 2023, 11:59pm PST
Expired on June 17, 2023, 12:46am PST
Last updated August 17, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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