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The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is inviting applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. Up to three fellowships will be offered, the total number depending on budgetary considerations. While we welcome applicants in all areas of research pursued by Institute faculty, this year we are prioritizing applicants with research interests in the following areas:

  • philosophy of science in practice and social epistemology (experience using ethnographic and qualitative methods to understand scientific practice a plus)
  • public health ethics, specifically related to pandemics (e.g., ethics of legal restrictions, allocation of scarce resources, etc.)
  • artificial intelligence and social justice (especially epistemic justice)
  • foundations of physics

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, medical science, artificial intelligence, public health policy, and more.


This Postdoctoral Associate has a one-year term with the possibility of renewal for a second 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 position. All PhD requirements must be completed by the starting date of this Postdoctoral Associate contract, typically July 1, 2021. The stipend is $45,000 CAD.


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 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


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

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


Please submit all of your supporting documents (combined as a single pdf) via email to The subject line of your email should read: Application Materials from [Full Name] (2021-22 Rotman Postdoc Application).

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 to 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.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please send an email to