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Lecturer, Philosophy of Mind (EXPIRED)

School of Philosophy, Australian National University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Philosophy of Mind, broadly construed to include Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, or Philosophy of Neuroscience.
AOS categories Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 553975
Location Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Start date Preference for mid-2024, but with flexibility based on visa considerations
Job description

The ANU School of Philosophy is seeking to further enhance its world-class reputation by making a full-time continuing appointment in philosophy of mind, broadly construed to include philosophy of psychology, philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of neuroscience. The appointee will be expected to make a significant contribution to the research activities of the School, to convene one undergraduate course per year, and to contribute to the new Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology. 

Classification/Academic Level:  Academic Level B (Lecturer)

Salary package: $103,841 AUD per annum plus 17% superannuation.

Commencement: Flexible

Area of Specialisation: philosophy of mind broadly construed. That is, a successful candidate might have expertise in philosophy of psychology, philosophy of cognitive science, or philosophy of neuroscience.

Position overview: The School is looking to appoint an outstanding scholar whose research will complement the School’s existing strengths and will contribute to the new Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology. The appointee will be expected to carry out world-leading research resulting in regular publications in leading journals, contribute to the teaching programme by convening one undergraduate course per year, supervise graduate students, apply for external grants, and be available for service roles as appropriate. In addition, each appointee can expect extensive tutorial (TA) support, generous travel and research funding, active mentoring (especially in the case of junior appointments), and significant opportunities to bring international visitors to Australia for workshops and our annual “visitor season.” 

The position will be appointed at Level B (roughly equivalent to the rank of Assistant Professor in North America), and will be in philosophy of mind, broadly construed to include philosophy of psychology, philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of neuroscience.  

The School of Philosophy is a world-leading department that combines several of the world's most cited living philosophers with dynamic mid-career researchers, and award-winning early career researchers. Our principal strengths are in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology, probability, and decision theory), and philosophy of mind. We have a proud reputation of repeatedly winning significant support for both individual and team projects from the Australian Research Council. Each year we welcome numerous international visitors to Canberra (more than 60 in 2023), and host multiple workshops alongside vibrant series of weekly research seminars. We have a constant flow of postdoctoral researchers, who go on to continuing positions at leading departments worldwide. We have three major research Centres: the Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory, the Centre for Philosophy of the Sciences, and the Centre for Consciousness. 

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is the largest of the seven Colleges at ANU. It is structured into two main research schools, offers degrees in more than 20 discipline areas and excels in research across the creative arts, humanities and social sciences. The College has a substantial international research presence and is a major source of national policy advice. Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research. A hub of vibrant activity, we host more than 100 lectures, concerts and exhibitions each year, most of which are open to the public. Our students, staff and graduates come from more than 60 nations, bringing a diversity of perspective to campus life. Within CASS the School is located within the Research School of Social Sciences. As one of the four foundation research schools of the ANU, the RSSS has a proud history and a wonderful depth of talent and outstanding scholarship.

The School of Philosophy also has a proud tradition of interdisciplinary work in collaboration with both local and international colleagues. Philosophy will be an integral part of the new ANU degree, the Bachelor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology (BPNP) degree, a highly selective program with a first intake in 2025. 

The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. This includes very generous maternity and paternity leave. For more information, please visit https://www.anu.edu.au/jobs

Canberra is one of the world's finest places to live, with a rare combination of urban comfort and access to some of the most beautiful countryside in the world (including an easy drive to some of the world's best, and quietest, beaches). For more information, see https://canberra.com.au/

The School of Philosophy particularly welcomes applications from women, and from  members of other groups that are underrepresented in the discipline. The university actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion.

Enquiries may be directed to Professor Colin Klein, via email ([email protected]) or telephone (+61 2 61252792) 

Application information: Please apply via the ANU jobs website, https://jobs.anu.edu.au/jobs/lecturer-philosophy-of-mind-canberra-act-act-australia

Please ensure that you provide the following documents:

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • At least three confidential letters of recommendation. If not using a service such as Interfolio, please arrange to have letters emailed directly to [email protected] as soon as practicable with the job number and your name in the subject header
  • A separate statement addressing each of the selection criteria. (This is available at the ANU jobs website by clicking on “position description”
  • Any other supporting documents, including research statement, teaching statement, and writing sample.


Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

How to apply
Application type Online
Please note that applicants must include a statement addressing the selection criteria. This can be found at the ANU job ad by clicking "Position description" near the top.
Web address to apply https://jobs.anu.edu.au/jobs/lecturer-philosophy-o...
Hard deadline January 1, 2024, 11:59pm +10:00
Web address for more information https://jobs.anu.edu.au/jobs/lecturer-philosophy-o...
Contact name Colin Klein
Contact email
Contact phone +61 2 61252792
Time created November 24, 2023, 7:55pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date January 1, 2024, 11:59pm +10:00
Expired on January 3, 2024, 12:46am +10:00
Last updated February 2, 2024, 3:00pm UTC
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