Posted online: September 18, 2018

The Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track position). AOS: Asian Philosophy. AOC: Open. We welcome applications from philosophers who specialize in the philosophical traditions of East Asia and/or South Asia. A Ph.D. in Philosophy or other relevant field (e.g., Asian Studies, Religion) prior to taking up the position is required. Start date: July 1, 2019.

The successful applicant will be expected to maintain an active research program in Asian philosophy, to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Asian philosophy, and to supervise Ph.D. dissertations in Asian philosophy. The standard teaching load is four one-semester courses annually. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

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’s Asian Studies Department is the flagship Asian Studies Department in Canada and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest in North America. It offers extensive language programs in East Asian and South Asian languages. Many opportunities exist for the successful applicant to build bridges between Philosophy and Asian Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For information about the Asian Studies 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 (, Job ID: 31286. Applicants should be prepared to upload (in the following order, and not exceeding 12 megabytes per attachment): a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a teaching statement (including evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness), and a research statement (a description of current and proposed research).

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Philosophy Department Manager of Administration, Erika Yep, at or mailed to: Erika Yep (Asian Philosophy Search), Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z1. Applicants should ensure that referees are aware that their letters must reach the Department by the application deadline.

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.

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:

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.


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