2022 Call for Applicants

Western Interdisciplinary Research Building as viewed from behind the building

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is inviting applications for Postdoctoral Associates. Up to two individuals will be hired, the total number depending on budgetary considerations. Applicants in all areas of research supported by the Institute will be considered, with priority given to the following areas:

  • The intersection of philosophy, psychology & neuroscience. This scholar will work with the EMRGLab ( The specific AOS/research area is open, but the ideal candidate will have experience in both theoretical and empirical work.
  • Philosophy of physics, including foundations of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and history and philosophy of space-time theories, as well as connections between physical theory and general questions in methodology, epistemology, and metaphysics.

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is an independent research institute at one of Canada’s premier research universities. It has close ties to one of Canada’s leading departments of philosophy, and draws faculty members from a variety of fields. Ongoing research focuses on a variety of philosophical problems arising in contemporary physics, biology, cognitive neuroscience, and medical science.


The standard appointment is a two-year term with the possibility of renewal for a third year, assuming agreement by both parties, and sufficient funding.

The Associate 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 appointment. All PhD requirements must be completed by the starting date, typically July 1, 2022. The stipend is $45,000 CAD.


Postdoctoral Associates 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 (2016). Her paper, “Wrongness, Responsibility, and Conscientious Refusal in Health Care.”, was the first applied ethics paper to win the prize.
  • Rachael Brown (2013-14) won the Sir Karl Popper Prize in 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 term as a Rotman postdoc.

Learn about all our former postdocs on our alumni page.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022, and will continue until the positions are 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


1. Combine your supporting documents (curriculum vitae, writing sample, and research statement) into a single pdf file.

2. Complete the Rotman postdoctoral associate application form. The form includes a space for you to upload your supporting documents file.


3. 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. Please be prepared to have these letters submitted upon request.

4. Successful applicants may be asked to apply for a Research Western Postdoctoral Fellowship. However, the offer is not conditional on the success of the Research Western application.

Learn More About Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Meet the Current Rotman Postdoctoral Associates

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

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