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Postdoc in Philosophy

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy of Biology

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work for one year on an interdisciplinary project funded by Genome Canada. The project explores publics perceptions and trust in gene-editing (GE) technologies, with an emphasis on “welfare enhancing” applications in the dairy and beef industries.

The Fellow will collaborate with a research team composed of philosophers, economists, animal welfare scientists, veterinarians, and historians based at the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia. The Fellow will also engage with stakeholders from the dairy and beef industries who are partnered with the project.

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Specific activities include:

  • conducting research in at least one of the following areas (broadly construed): philosophy of biology, agricultural ethics, environmental philosophy, philosophy of genomics, philosophy of biotechnology, values/trust in science.
  • authoring or coauthoring at least one philosophical article on gene editing and/or welfare-enhancing technologies.
  • contributing to a white paper tailored to industry stakeholders outlining philosophical issues in gene-editing technology.
  • presenting research findings at workshops/conferences.
  • participating in quarterly meetings with research team members.


Members of the research team include:

Michael von Massow.  Associate Professor, Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics, OAC Chair in Food Systems Leadership, University of Guelph.

Dan Weary. Professor, Animal Welfare Program, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare, University of British Columbia.

Stefan Linquist, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph.

Heidi Tworek, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of History, University of British Columbia. 

Marina von Keyserslingk, Professor, Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia.

Will Wright, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia.

Katie Koralesky, PhD Candidate, UBC Animal Welfare Program.


Compensation and start date:

Salary: $50,000 (CAD) plus benefits, $2,000 travel stipend, $500 relocation expenses.

There is flexibility in the start date. Ideally the Fellowship will begin in early February 2022, but can be delayed until April 30, 2022.



Applicants should submit their CV and a statement of interest by email. Please also arrange to have two letters of reference submitted by email. All materials should be emailed to Audra Bolton in the Philosophy Department at the University of Guelph ( with “Philosophy Postdoc” in the subject line.

Applications submitted before December 16, 2021 are assured careful consideration.  Online interviews will be held in January.

For more information, contact Dr. Stefan Linquist at the University of Guelph: