Assistant Professor – Science and Technology Studies, University of Toronto

Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: October 30, 2019

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Institute for History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Aug 22, 2019
Job Closing: Oct 30, 2019, 11:59pm EST

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the area of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and is expected to commence on July 1, 2020.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Philosophy of Science and/or Technology, History of Science and/or Technology and/or Medicine, or a closely related discipline, by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter, and have a research profile in the societal or ethical impact of emerging technologies of (i) computer, information, artificial intelligence, or data science; (ii) biomedicine or biomedical science; or (iii) the impact of technology on the environment and society. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths.

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in, and commitment to, both research and teaching in science and technology studies and/or the history or philosophy of science, technology, and/or medicine.

Excellence in research must be demonstrated by a record of publications or forthcoming publications in top-ranked field relevant journals or other leading venues, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. The successful candidate will be expected to mount an innovative, competitive and externally supported research program.

Teaching excellence must be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a teaching dossier (containing sample course materials and teaching evaluations). The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the IHPST’s research-intensive graduate programs and its undergraduate programs in science and society and history and philosophy of science by, for instance, teaching undergraduate courses on the introduction to STS; graduate courses on STS theory and methods; and by developing courses related to the candidate’s own research expertise. In addition, the successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to teach some of the Institute’s existing courses, such as Science and Values or the proseminar Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science.

The IHPST forges intellectual and pedagogical connections between the humanities and STEM disciplines. We anticipate that the successful candidate will be involved in collaborative initiatives in research and teaching with other cognate departments depending upon their area(s) of expertise. We also anticipate that the successful candidate will be involved in the new Schwartz-Reisman Institute for Technology and Society.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, please click here. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of academic writing, and a teaching dossier (including sample course materials and teaching evaluations). All application materials must be submitted online by October 30, 2019.

Applicants must also ask three referees to send letters directly to the Institute via e-mail to by October 30, 2019. Reference letters must be signed and on letterhead.

Submission guidelines can be found here. We recommend combining documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

If you have questions about this position, please contact

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan areas in the world. For more information about the Institute, please click here.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see here.

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

Posted: August 28, 2019