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Faculty Positions

The Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The expected start date is July 15, 2024.  


Excellence in research and teaching are the primary criteria for this position. Candidates must have completed their PhD or equivalent in Philosophy (or other relevant discipline) by the employment start date; however, PhD candidates with solid indication of imminent completion may be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor upon completion of the PhD. Area of specialization (AOS): Empirically informed philosophy of mind or language. Area of competence (AOC): open, but ability to teach undergraduate courses in cognitive science is required.

The candidate must demonstrate: 

  • a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience;
  • establishment of, or potential for, a successful research program; 
  • potential for excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels; 
  • potential for supervision of graduate students. 


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the University’s research excellence through a rigorous research program. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs and to supervise MA Students. A normal teaching load for a tenure-track Faculty member is an equivalent of four courses per year over two 13-week semesters. Finally, it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to the Department, Faculty, University, and the academic community through service. For more information about the Philosophy Department at SFU please visit our website at:

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit: a cover letter, CV, research statement, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants should also arrange for a minimum of three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the search committee. Application materials should be sent as separate pdf documents via email to: Inquiries about the search may be directed to Endre Begby (  

Review of applications begins on November 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Faculty salaries at SFU are based on the salary scales bargained between the University and the SFU Faculty Association. A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $89,652 to $114,866.

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

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, refer to

Term Lecturer

There are no positions at this time.

Sessional Instructor Positions

Sessional positions are normally posted in October for the Spring semester, in February for the Summer semester and in June for the Fall semester.  These timelines can change due to budgetary restrictions or other requirements. The positions are posted on the Human Resources website, on the Philosophy Department's website, and on the bulletin board in the Philosophy Department in the West Mall Centre.  All postings are normally open for two weeks.  

Click on the link below for details about the positions available: 

Summer 2024 Sessional Positions (posted Feb. 9; deadline to apply 5:00 pm Feb. 23, 2024 - salary scale added Feb. 20)


Teaching Assistant Positions

TAships are normally posted in October for the Spring semester,  in February for the Summer semester, and in June for the Fall semester.  These positions are posted on the Human Resources website, and on the Philosophy Department's website. All postings are normally open for two weeks. 

Click on the link below for details about the positions available: 

Summer 2024 TA Positions (posted Feb. 26; deadline to apply 5:00 pm March 11, 2024)

TA Priority List for the Department of Philosophy

Please see Policies on Equity and Privacy, below.

Resources for Sessionals and Teaching Assistants

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better teacher.

Department of Philosophy course descriptions

Human Resources:  TSSU Member Benefit Plan

TSSU collective agreement

Graduate Student Society:  Graduate Student Benefit Plan

Medical Insurance information for Graduate Student TAs (explains how the benefit plans can work with each other)

TLC:  TA/TM Day/ see other TLC workshops

Graduate Studies:  Professional Development Opportunities

Protection of SFU Data on Mobile Devices - What you must do if you plan to store your students' information (includes student numbers, grades) on a mobile device

The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

The information is related directly to and needed by the University to initiate the employment application process. The information will be used to contact references supplied by you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision.  Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.b of the Collective Agreement.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact the Associate VP, Human Resources, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Telephone 778-782-3237.