Job: Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Social and Historical Sciences

The Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus invites applications for the position of Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences. The Chair position is expected to be a full-time tenured appointment made at the rank of Professor in the Department of Philosophy. The successful applicant will be a leading and internationally recognized scholar, whose profile and research proposal demonstrate an excellent fit with CRC program criteria and the aims of the position. The Chair will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to supervise undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and to contribute to service at the departmental level and beyond.

The CRC in Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences will join the Faculty of Arts, home to 24 Canada Research Chairs across a wide range of humanities and social science units, and the UBC Philosophy Department. The department’s research cluster in the philosophy of science already covers some areas of social science (especially economics and cognitive science), as well as historical sciences such as evolutionary biology. This CRC position is expected to broaden and deepen these strengths and to further interdisciplinary linkages through engagement with social and historical science departments at UBC, participation in the Science and Technology Studies Graduate Program in the Faculty of Arts, and engagement with interdisciplinary units on campus such as the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Feminist philosophy would also be an asset.

The Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further the institution’s strategic research plan. All Chair nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. To meet the criteria of the CRC program, Tier I nominees must: be outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields; be recognized internationally as leaders in their fields; have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account different practices in the relevant field or discipline); propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality; and, as chair holders, be expected to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers. Nominees for Tier I positions must be full professors (or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination). Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria: and

UBC Vancouver is located on traditional Musqueam territory, on the edge of the continent overlooking the Pacific Ocean, amidst forests and mountains, and in one of the world’s most livable and multicultural cities. The Faculty of Arts is a Faculty of distinction and excellence in both teaching and research, with many of our departments regarded as leaders in Canada and ranked in the top 20 or 30 in the world. The UBC Department of Philosophy is an accomplished mid-size department with research and teaching strengths in most areas of analytic philosophy: history and philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, aesthetics and value theory. The department has similar strengths in its coverage of select figures and periods in the history of philosophy (and the history of science). For information about the Department, visit:

Applications are to be submitted through the UBC Faculty careers website ( Job ID: 24657. Applicants should be prepared to upload (in the following order, and not exceeding 12 megabytes per attachment): a curriculum vitae, a sample of their publications, evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, a description of current and proposed research, and contact information for at least four potential referees from whom confidential letters of assessment can be obtained.

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to: Professor Paul Bartha, Head, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia (email: For questions about the application process, please contact Erika Yep, Philosophy Department Manager of Administration (email:

Completed applications must be received by November 15, 2016. Review of applications will begin immediately thereafter and continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The start date for this position can be as early as July 1, 2017.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.

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