Canada Research Chair in Foundations of Physics

Western University (aka University of Western Ontario) has just started a search for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Foundations of Physics.  The full text of the job ad is below the fold.  The short version:  (1) “Tier II” CRC’s are for more junior scholars, at the level of assistant professor or recently tenured associate; (2) the position is a joint appointment between the Departments of Philosophy and Applied Mathematics; (3) review of applications will begin soon — Sept. 15, 2012.

The Department of Applied Mathematics and the Department of Philosophy at Western University invite applications for a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Foundations of Physics. The Canada Research Chair program has been established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centres of research. Further information on the program is available on the CRC web site at

We are looking for a future leader in the field of Foundations of Physics. Possible areas of research include, inter alia, cosmology and gravitation, quantum mechanics, quantum gravity, and quantum information. The incumbent should have strong qualifications in both physics and philosophy, with a Ph.D. in at least one field, and preferably both. The position will be a joint position between the two departments, and the incumbent will have research, teaching and service responsibilities in both Applied Mathematics and Philosophy. The rank will be either Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor with tenure depending on qualifications and experience. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

All Canada Research Chairs are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Applications including a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a teaching dossier and a description of a 5-7 year research plan and three letters of reference should be sent to: Professor Henrik Lagerlund, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Stevenson Hall, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8.

Positions are subject to budget approval.   Applicants should have fluent oral and written communication skills in English.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians 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.


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