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Postdoctoral Associate (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Western University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Value Theory, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy
AOS categories Ethics
Feminist Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Value Theory
AOC Value Theory, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science
AOC categories Philosophy of Science
Feminist Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Value Theory
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location London, Ontario, Canada
Start date September 1, 2020
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at Western University invites 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, preferably on bias and discrimination or on privacy and security. In addition, the Associate will contribute to the development and teaching of a course in this area, in collaboration with colleagues in computer science, math, statistics, and engineering at Western. The Associate will join a burgeoning community of scholars at Western who are doing interdisciplinary work on the social and ethical 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, the Centre for Digital Philosophy, and multiple research groups including ones in ethics, feminist philosophy, and political philosophy. The Associate will be expected to involve themselves in the intellectual life of the Department by participating in activities such as our seminar series, reading groups, and research groups. The teaching load will be one course in fall or winter term.

There is a one-year term for the position and a start date of no later than September 1, 2020. Candidates must, at the time of appointment, have a PhD in Philosophy or a related field, along with adequate familiarity of scientific work on AI. The stipend is $45,000.

Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


To be considered for this position, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement (1 page)
  • Teaching Statement (1 page)
  • Writing Sample (6-8000 words)

Please submit these as a single pdf via email to Prof. Carolyn McLeod at cmcleod2@uwo.ca. The subject line of your email should read “Application Materials from [Full Name] (Postdoc Associate Application).”

After an initial review of application materials, candidates who are short-listed for the position will be asked to arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by their referees to cmcleod2@uwo.ca. At least one letter should comment on the applicant’s teaching abilities.

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.

How to apply
Application type Email
Please submit these as a single pdf via email to Prof. Carolyn McLeod at cmcleod2@uwo.ca. The subject line of your email should read “Application Materials from [Full Name] (Postdoc Associate Application).”
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Deadline for full consideration: March 30, 2020, 12:00am EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information https://www.uwo.ca/philosophy/about/jobs.html
Contact name Carolyn McLeod
Contact email
Time created March 6, 2020, 3:55pm EST
Scheduled expiry date September 22, 2020, 9:03am EST
Expired on April 30, 2020, 8:24am EST
Last updated April 30, 2020, 9:20am EST
Last update notification
Due to the present circumstances, we’ve decided to move this position to the 2021-22 academic year and search for it again.
April 30, 2020, 8:24am EST

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