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Two postdoctoral fellows

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Philosophy or the History and Philosophy of Science or Science and Technology Studies with a focus on evolutionary biology
AOS categories Philosophy of Biology
AOC Philosophy or the History and Philosophy of Science or Science and Technology Studies with a focus on biology
AOC categories Philosophy of Science
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number 4331
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Start date Between 1 October 2020 and 1 March 2021.
Job description

Cross-appointed in Dalhousie’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and its Department of Philosophy, successful candidates will investigate applications of the theory of evolution (broadly construed) and develop new understandings of mutualisms, multi-species symbioses and communities. We are specifically interested in extensions of Darwinian approaches that embrace persistence, niche construction, Hull’s replicator/interactor framework, evolutionary individuality, process ontology, lineage concepts and cooperation, from holobionts to biogeochemical cycles and the biosphere. This work will be supported by funds made available through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative. Supervision will be by W. Ford Doolittle (ford@dal.ca), who is PI on this project, and fellows will interact with an existing team comprising two philosophers, a population biologist, and a computational modeler. One goal would be a deeper evolutionary understanding of the rapidly accumulating databases resulting from marine microbial metagenomic research, and familiarity with methods for analyzing and modeling such data would be an asset, but not a requirement.

A PhD in Philosophy or the History and Philosophy of Science or Science and Technology Studies with a focus on evolutionary biology is essential and some background in molecular biology, genetics or environmental genomics is desirable. While the fellows will ultimately be expected to move to Nova Scotia, there is the possibility that the current global public health crisis makes moving to Canada effectively impossible until after the start of employment, which can be any time during the five-months beginning 1 October, 2020. Canadians and non-Canadians will be considered. Consideration of candidates will begin on 21 September 2020, and the positions will remain open until filled.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/4331
Email to apply
Deadline for full consideration: October 9, 2020, 12:00am AST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Contact
Web address for more information https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/4331
Contact name W. Ford Doolittle
Contact email
Contact phone 902-494-3569
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Time created September 11, 2020, 10:57am EST
Scheduled expiry date March 29, 2021, 9:51am AST
Last updated September 25, 2020, 12:52pm EST
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