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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PROBATIONARY (TENURE-TRACK) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Western University’s Department of Philosophy seeks to hire a Probationary (tenure-track) Assistant Professor with a specialization in ethics, feminist philosophy, or political philosophy. We welcome candidates who take historical or contemporary approaches in their research. In addition to specializing in one or more of the above areas, candidates must have a competence in the ethics of artificial intelligence.  

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in their area(s) of expertise and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, some of which will focus on AI ethics. Western University has a semester system, and the position comes with a 2-2 teaching load. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.  

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.  

Western’s Department of Philosophy is one of the leading philosophy departments in Canada, with a strong reputation in a range of areas including feminist philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and general philosophy of science. The department has close working ties with many other units on campus, such as Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Health Sciences, Political Science, and Computer Science. We are also home to the Centre for Digital Philosophy, which develops and maintains PhilPapers, PhilJobs, and other services. In 2008, the department founded the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, where philosophers work with scientists to tackle complex social problems, including those posed by AI. The department as a whole is deeply committed to the inclusion of underrepresented voices in philosophy. We are dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization in our discipline, research, and teaching.  

General information about the department can be found at https://www.uwo.ca/philosophy/ . Questions about the position may be addressed to the department chair, Carolyn McLeod, at cmcleod2@uwo.ca .  

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to Western’s campus are required to comply with Western’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  

The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field by July 1, 2023, which is the anticipated start date for the position.  

Application materials must include a letter of interest, a CV, names of three referees and their contact information, a writing sample of no more than 10,000 words, evidence of teaching capacity including sample syllabi, and a completed “Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form”. All application materials should be submitted as one PDF file to Elisa Kilbourne at finelb@uwo.ca. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Prof. Carolyn McLeod.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN ETHICS OF AI

Western University’s Department of Philosophy and Rotman Institute of Philosophy invite 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 and contribute to some teaching in this area. The Associate will join a burgeoning community of scholars at Western who are interested in interdisciplinary work on the ethical and societal dimensions of AI.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

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 as well as the Centre for Digital Philosophy. Many of our faculty conduct research that is relevant to the ethical and societal implications of AI, including faculty in moral, political, and feminist philosophy. In addition, the Rotman Institute has identified the area of ethics and AI as a priority and will continue to support research and teaching in it. The Associate will be expected to involve themselves in our research community by participating in relevant seminar series, reading groups, and research groups. They will be given office space in either the Department or the Institute, which are in two different locations.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

There is a one-year term for this position, although it is subject to renewal for a second year, conditional on the availability of funding and performance during the first year. Exact start date is flexible, but should be during November – December 2022; teaching duties will commence in January 2023. Candidates must, at the time of appointment, have a PhD in Philosophy, or a related field, with an area of specialization in ethics. They also must have demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary research regarding AI. This position will include teaching responsibilities at the graduate and/or undergraduate level. The stipend is $45,000.

Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR ETHICS OF AI POSTDOC:

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit the following documents, combined into a single pdf file:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement (1 page)
  • Teaching Statement (1 page)
  • Writing Sample (6000 – 8000 words)
  • Application form (see link below)

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

All applicants must complete our online application form. Please have your supporting documents prepared in advance and ready to upload within the application form.

COMPLETE THE ETHICS OF AI POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM

After an initial review of application materials, candidates who are short-listed for the position will need to arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by their referees. At least one letter should comment on the applicant’s teaching abilities. Please be prepared to provide these letters upon request.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please send an email to Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Carolyn McLeod, at   cmcleod2@uwo.ca.