Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics

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. For suitable candidates, it may be possible to hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly between the Rotman Institute and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical 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 global significance. Rotman faculty include two Canada Research Chair holders, and within the philosophy of physics, faculty pursue special interests in the foundations of quantum mechanics, history and philosophy of space-time theories, and the philosophy of cosmology, as well as in connections between physical theory and general questions in methodology, epistemology, and metaphysics.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics has a one-year term with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Fellow will be supervised by faculty from the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. She or he will have an office within the Rotman Institute. Fellows are 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 or physics or related field 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 $40,500 CDN. Additionally, the Fellow will be provided a research allowance of $5,000 CDN.

Apply online at After creating a profile, apply by clicking ‘Apply Now’, fill in all fields, uploading your curriculum vitae, writing sample of no more than 8000 words, and research statement, as PDF documents. You will also be asked to enter the email addresses of your referees that will be sending your letter of reference. You will receive a URL to share with them to submit their letter of reference. You can return and check your profile to see if your referees have submitted their letter. If you have problems, please email

Online applications are strongly encouraged, but if you are not able to apply on online, you may send a curriculum vitae, writing sample of no more than 8000 words, research statement, and three letters of reference to: Carol Suter, 2150A Stevenson Hall, Western University, 1151 Richmond St, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B8. Letters of reference for hard-copy applications should come directly from referees.

Candidates who wish to be considered for a joint fellowship position with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 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 for instructions for submission to the Perimeter Institute.

Review of applications will begin on Jan. 15, 2015 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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