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Postdoc Fellowship 2019-2020

Applications are invited for a research and teaching postdoctoral fellowship to be held under the auspices of the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University during the 2019-20 academic year. We welcome applications from candidates with research and teaching interests in the areas of philosophy of law, ethics, and political philosophy.

Job-Title:                             Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Posting Date:                     March 25, 2019

Application Deadline:    March 25, 2019 to April 25, 2019

Position Start Date:        1 July 2019

Position End Date:           30 June 2020   Pending funding and at the discretion of the department, this position is renewable, but not beyond a second year.

Supervisor:                         Dr. Stefan Sciaraffa

Renumeration:                 $50,000 per year plus $5,000 for Research or Publication Expenses

This position is included within the Canadian Union of Public Employees (“CUPE”) Local 3906 Unit 3, representing Post-Doctoral Fellows.


Description of Role:   The fellow will be expected to present a paper as part of the department’s weekly speaker series and to contribute to the intellectual life of our community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

The fellow will teach two courses per academic year. See the department website for further details about the department’s two main Honours BA Programs: the Philosophy Honours BA and the Justice, Political Philosophy and Law Honours BA.

Qualifications: The successful applicant must have completed all requirements for the PhD in philosophy by the starting date of the position, July 1, 2019.  To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have neither held a tenure-track position nor been awarded a PhD in philosophy prior to January 1, 2014.

Application Procedure: To apply, please submit a cover letter of application, a current CV, a sample of written work, a two-year research plan, and a teaching dossier (including summaries of student assessments of teaching if available). These application materials must be submitted through the University’s electronic portal: (Job Opening # 25252)

Applicants should arrange to have at least three (but no more than four) confidential letters of reference sent directly to

Complete applications received by April 25, 2019 will be given priority. Any additional inquiries may be addressed to

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

 Employment Equity Statement    McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 HR (22247).