Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Biology

Arizona State University

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: November 14, 2014

The School of Life Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of philosophy of biology. Anticipated start date is August 16, 2015. The successful candidate will participate in teaching and research in interdisciplinary programs in History and Philosophy of Science and related areas.  Candidates must (1) exhibit potential for a distinguished record of scholarship, through publications and public presentations; (2) demonstrate teaching experience and promise for excellence in teaching; (3) show potential for participating in funded research; (4) show potential for collaborations with individuals doing research in the life sciences; and (5) hold a doctorate with specialization in philosophy of science or in history and philosophy of science.

We prefer candidates who are broadly trained in the philosophy of science with a concern for the epistemology of biology and have substantive grounding in some area of the life sciences such as evolutionary biology, complex systems, biotechnology, biomedicine, or developmental biology. Expertise in history of science would be advantageous.  Salary and start up support are competitive, commensurate with experience, and appropriate to the research area.

The School of Life Sciences is richly interdisciplinary, with programs throughout the range of life science fields as well as in history and philosophy of science, in bioscience ethics, and in ecological ethics and economics. Research and outreach in history and philosophy of science is coordinated though the Center for Biology and Society.  Faculty members interact with ongoing ASU major initiatives including the Biodesign Institute, with a focus on the application of biotechnology to human health issues; Center for Environmental Studies; Center for Law, Science, and Innovation; Center for Religion and Conflict; Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity; Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, and Center for Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health. For additional information on this position and the School of Life Sciences, please visit

To apply, submit a cover letter outlining your career goals, curriculum vitae, a statement of your current research experience and future interests, a statement detailing your teaching philosophy, interests, and experience, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Chair, Philosophy of Biology Search committee.   Application materials must be sent electronically as pdf files to The initial closing date for applications is November 14, 2014; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.


Posted: October 21, 2014