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Lecturer, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence job with MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY – SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

  • Salary package: Lecturer (Level B), Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (PhD), $108,111 to $127,913, plus 17% employer pension and annual leave
  • Type of appointment: Continuous, full time
  • Location: Macquarie University (North Ryde)

The role

We are looking for an innovative teaching and research scholar to join the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University. The successful candidate will teach directly in the Faculty of Science’s new Artificial Intelligence major and master’s and add capacity to the Philosophy Department’s teaching and research in this area.

You will need to develop, organize and teach undergraduate and postgraduate units in your areas of expertise. There is a strategic opportunity to develop micro- and master-level topics in the philosophy of artificial intelligence. Possible areas include: ethics, politics, agency, epistemic issues, and the links between artificial intelligence and human cognition.

Current teaching needs include the Faculty of Science’s new major and master’s in artificial intelligence. You will lead and collaborate on research projects on the ethics and philosophy of AI and technology while supervising graduate research students.

The successful candidate will increase research and teaching consilience by joining existing scholars in the Department of Philosophy working on the ethics, policy and philosophy of AI and new technologies, such as Emeritus Professor Wendy Rogers , Associate Professor Paul Formosa, Professor Wendy Lipworth, Associate Professor Mark Alfano, Dr Oisin Deery and Dr Katrina Hutchison. Macquarie University’s Center for Research on Agency, Values ​​and Ethics (CAVE) is located in the Department of Philosophy and you will have the opportunity to play an active role in CAVE’s ongoing work and in obtaining ERA ratings in applied ethics and philosophy.

About you

You will have a demonstrated track record of exceptional teaching and research practices, with expertise in teaching the philosophy of artificial intelligence or closely related topics. You will have experience in successfully delivering a superior student experience to a diverse cohort of students at the undergraduate level. You will be able to contribute collaboratively to teaching and the continued success of achieving departmental research and teaching goals. Philosophers with expertise in the philosophy and ethics of AI and new technologies are encouraged to apply. Areas of interest include: digital technologies; automated decision making; gender and technology; AI and agency; AI and cognition; AI and epistemology.

About Us

Internationally recognized and celebrated as a leader in its field, Macquarie University’s philosophy department is considered one of the best philosophy departments in Australasia. Ranked 23rd in the world and second in Australia in the QS Subject Rankings 2022 and with a 5 in the 2018 ERA, the department is consistently ranked among the best philosophy departments in the world. We offer a curriculum that reflects a commitment to traditional philosophical pluralism, with longstanding strengths in ethics, social philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. The Department is committed to diversity and inclusion with an emphasis on supporting female scholars. There are regular gender equity discussions at the departmental level and a mentorship program led by Professors Wendy Rogers and Wendy Lipworth for scholars at all levels. Connect with us today.

To apply

To consider for this position, please apply online with your CV, electronic copies of your three best articles/chapters and a cover letter (not to exceed 3 pages) meeting the selection criteria below:


  • PhD in a relevant field of philosophy;
  • Evidence of ability to design, coordinate and deliver undergraduate education in Philosophy, including through online programs;
  • Evidence of contribution to the coordination of major undergraduate programs, including methods to provide superior student experience and engagement;
  • Established research track record of high-quality, peer-reviewed publications, including a list of publications;
  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to relate and build rapport with staff and students from all backgrounds and represent the Department to external stakeholders, including the general public.


  • Teaching experience in ethics, epistemology or philosophy of mind;
  • Experience in supervising senior level research students;
  • Demonstrated experience in applying for and successfully obtaining external research funding;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Job requests: Head of Department of Philosophy, Professor, Richard Menary, [email protected]

General Information: Human Resources Manager, Emma Todd, [email protected]

Applications closed: August 26, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (AEST)