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Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

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The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Philosophy at the assistant professor level. Exceptionally well-qualified applicants at higher levels may also be considered. We are seeking candidates committed to a career in research and teaching excellence in the broad area of value theory, including bioethics, climate ethics, empirical ethics, ethics of computing, and philosophy of race and gender.

Caltech is a world-renowned institute of science and engineering, committed to innovative research and teaching that prepares students to address fundamental social and technological challenges. The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) within Caltech embraces interdisciplinary scholarship across a range of fields, including English, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Visual Cultures. We especially welcome candidates whose scholarship, perspective, and experiences contribute to the diversity of the Division and who share Caltech’s commitment to pedagogy that engages, motivates, and supports students from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will be expected to teach four seminar-based undergraduate courses per year and to maintain a high level of research excellence. The appointment is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D. degree.

Interested candidates should apply electronically by uploading a letter of application describing their research, a teaching statement, three letters of recommendation, a current CV, and a sample of original written work. Candidates unable to apply electronically may send the above materials to: Chair, Philosophy Search, HSS 101-40 Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125. Applicants should also submit a diversity and inclusion statement that discusses past and/or anticipated contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach.

Application review will begin November 15, 2022, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Questions about the application process may be directed to: philosophy-search@caltech.edu.

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. After you submit your application form send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • a letter of application describing your research;
    • a teaching statement;
    • a current CV;
    • a sample of original written work;
    • and a diversity and inclusion statement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The initial appointment for tenure-track positions is normally four years. Reappointment beyond the initial term is contingent upon successful review conducted prior to the commencement of the fourth year. 

Caltech has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 15, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees (with Institute-approved exemptions for religious or medical contraindications only). At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). Upon eligibility, employees are required to receive the COVID-19 booster as part of the vaccine mandate. As a condition of employment, employees must submit official COVID-19 vaccine documentation. More information may be found here.