Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Philosophy
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track position in Philosophy of Cognitive Science at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The Department of Philosophy has a strong research group studying the mind from an empirically informed perspective and oversees the undergraduate Cognitive Science Program. The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science and be willing and able to take a leadership role in the activities and development of this Program.

A PhD in Philosophy is required by the start date of the position, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and externally funded research at the highest level, and must show the potential to assemble an exemplary publication record and to achieve international recognition in the field. Evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence will be demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; the writing sample(s); presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching, and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated capacity to teach undergraduate courses offered through the Cognitive Science Program, including Minds, Brains, and Machines (an introduction to cognitive science) and Honours Seminar in Cognitive Science (a capstone seminar which involves supervising students on their thesis projects), as well as multiple of the following: Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Neuroscience, and Animals and the Philosophy of Mind. Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments; teaching experience; sample syllabi; pedagogical innovations such as experiential education, opportunities and engagement with students outside the classroom, or the use of technology to enhance learning; and strong letters of reference.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Jacob Beck, Chair of the Search Committee, at (subject line: Position in Cognitive Science).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 15, 2021.

The application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a writing sample, a teaching portfolio (please do not include student evaluations), and at least three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on October 1, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Michael Giudice, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (subject line: Position in Cognitive Science).


Posting End Date: November 15, 2021