Canada Research Chair in Ethics or Social-Political Philosophy (Professor, tenured)

18 Sep, 2018

The Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus invites applications for the position of Canada Research Chair, Tier I, in Ethics or Social-Political Philosophy. This is a full-time tenured appointment made at the rank of Professor in the Department of Philosophy. We welcome applications from philosophers who have made and will continue to make ground-breaking contributions to philosophical thinking about value or normativity in the field of ethics or social and political philosophy. Within this ambit, the department is open to a diverse range of research profiles, including but not limited to those that foreground race, indigeneity, gender, or sexuality.

The successful applicant will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to supervise undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and to contribute to service at the departmental level and beyond. Typically, CRCs receive some reduction in the standard teaching load. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses per year for the duration of the CRC; this constitutes a reduction of one course per year. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Start date: as early as July 1, 2019.

The Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further the institution’s strategic research plan. All Chair nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. To meet the criteria of the CRC program, Tier I nominees must: be outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields; be recognized internationally as leaders in their fields; have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account different practices in the relevant field or discipline); propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality; and, as chair holders, be expected to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers. Nominees for Tier I positions must be full professors (or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination). Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria: and

The UBC Department of Philosophy is an outstanding mid-size department with numerous research and teaching strengths. It is located in the Faculty of Arts, which includes many departments regarded as leaders in Canada and ranked in the top 20 or 30 in the world.  For information about the Department, visit:

UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at:

Applications are to be submitted through the UBC Faculty careers website ( Applicants should be prepared to upload (in the following order, and not exceeding 12 megabytes per attachment): a curriculum vitae, a sample of their publications, evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, a description of current and proposed research, and contact information for at least four potential referees from whom confidential letters of assessment can be obtained.

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to: Professor Matt Bedke, Head, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia (email: For questions about the application process, please contact Erika Yep, Philosophy Department Manager of Administration (email:

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018. Applications received by that date are assured of full review, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. We encourage individuals from all four groups designated by the CRC program (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities) to apply. For contact information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources (for faculty and staff as well as students), please visit the Centre for Accessibility:

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.