Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics at the University of Western Ontario

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics. The Fellowship will provide a new scholar in foundations of physics  with a unique opportunity to pursue his or her chosen areas of scholarly research in collaboration with physicists and philosophers.

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is situated in one of Canada’s leading departments of philosophy, and it brings together philosophers and scientists to work on problems of global significance. Rotman faculty include two Canada Research Chair holders, and ongoing research focuses on a variety of aspects of contemporary physics, biology, and medical science.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics has a one-year term with the possibility of renewal for a second year, and the Fellow will be supervised by faculty from the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. The Fellow will have an office within the Rotman Institute in the Department of Philosophy, and will participate fully in the research life of the Institute, including participation in conferences, research groups, and reading groups. The Fellow is also expected to teach a half course in the Department of Philosophy.

Candidates must have had a PhD in philosophy or physics conferred within five years of the start of the Fellowship. All PhD requirements must be completed by the starting date of this Postdoctoral Fellowship. The stipend is $38,000 CDN plus $6,180 CDN for teaching a half course in the Department of Philosophy. Additionally, the Fellow will be provided a research allowance of $5,000 CDN. Please send a curriculum vitae, writing sample, research statement, and three letters of reference to: Rob Read, Administrative Assistant, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, 2150E Stevenson Hall, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8.  Fax: 519-661-3261. All items, except letters of reference, may be sent by email.

For suitable candidates, we will pursue the possibility of holding the postdoctoral fellowship jointly between the Perimeter Institute and Rotman Institute.  Candidates who wish to be considered for such a position should indicate this interest in their cover letter.  They must also submit an application to both the Rotman Institute and to the Perimeter Institute; see here for instructions for submission to the Perimeter Institute.

Review of applications will begin on Dec. 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. 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.


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