//2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships
2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships2018-01-05T10:57:30+00:00



2018 Rotman postdoc

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is inviting applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. At least one Fellowship, the total number depending on budgetary considerations, will be offered in areas of research supported by the Institute (including applied ethics, foundations of physics, philosophy of neuroscience, general philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology), contingent upon funding.

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is situated in one of Canada’s leading departments of philosophy. It brings together philosophers and scientists to work on problems of social significance. Ongoing research focuses on a variety of philosophical problems arising in contemporary physics, biology, cognitive neuroscience, and medical science.


Each Postdoctoral Fellowship has a one-year term with the possibility of renewal for a second year, assuming agreement by both parties, and sufficient funding. The Fellow will have an office within the Rotman Institute. She or he will be required to involve themselves fully in the research life of the Institute by conducting research leading to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, and by participating in conferences, research groups, reading groups, and outreach activities.

Candidates must have had a PhD in Philosophy conferred within five years of the start of the Fellowship. All PhD requirements must be completed by the starting date of this Postdoctoral Fellowship, July 1, 2018. The stipend is $40,500 CAD. Additionally, the Fellow will be provided a research allowance.


Postdoctoral Fellows at the Rotman Institute have gone on to great things. Alida Liberman was awarded the Young Ethicist Prize for best paper by a non-tenured philosopher at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress just after her term at the Rotman Institute (August, 2016). Her paper, “Wrongness, Responsibility, and Conscientious Refusal in Health Care.”, was the first applied ethics paper to win the prize in the 9 years that the conference has been going. Rachael Brown (Postdoc in the Institute 2013-2014) won the Sir Karl Popper Prize for 2014, for the best paper appearing in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. Kerry McKenzie (2013-14) was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UC San Diego after her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Rotman Institute. Learn about all our former fellows on our alumni page.

Review of applications will begin on January 30, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample (no more than 8000 words)
  • Research Statement


For applicants using Interfolio:

  • Please submit all of the required documents as a single pdf via email to rotman.postdoc@gmail.com.
  • Please format the subject line for your email as follows: Application Materials from [Full Name] (2018 Rotman Postdoc Application)

For applicants who are not using Interfolio:

  • Please combine your curriculum vitae, writing sample, and research statement into a single pdf file.
  • Submit the pdf via email to rotman.postdoc@gmail.com.
  • Please format the subject line for your email as follows: Application Materials from [Full Name] (2018 Rotman Postdoc Application)

After an initial review of application materials, reference letters will need to be furnished upon request. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to have three letters of reference sent directly by their referees to rotman.postdoc@gmail.com. (For applicants using Interfolio, reference letters may be included along with the initial submission.)

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 women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please send an email to rotman@uwo.ca.