Job Posting: Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo invites applications for the inaugural Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy. This newly endowed chair in the Department of Philosophy, secured through a national competition, is designed to take an institutional, national and international role in the promotion of scientific and technology literacy. The Department is seeking an established scholar with a record of highly-regarded research and teaching in a relevant field, including Philosophy of Science, Public Understanding of Science, History of Science, or Science, Technology and Society.

The mandate of the Wolfe Chair is to conduct research, teach, and perform public outreach regarding the intellectual foundations, nature and methods of scientific and technological innovation. The Chair will engage in research that advances understanding of key scientific and technological concepts and examines the relationships among science, technology, and broader factors (e.g., social, ethical, political, or economic). The Chair will also have development and leadership roles in the teaching of scientific and technological literacy, both within the University and as public education. The position includes funding for research-oriented and public-outreach events.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples and persons with disabilities. Candidates should send a letter of application and curriculum vitae, including the names of four academic references, to Professor Tim Kenyon, Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON, N2L 3G1. References will be contacted only with the consent of the candidate. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

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