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Instructor I (Artificial Intelligence) - Cognitive Science

Carleton University

Field of Specialization: Cognitive Science: Artificial Intelligence
Academic Unit: Cognitive Science
Category of Appointment: Term
Rank/Position Title: Instructor I
Start Date: August 1, 2020
Closing Date: Complete applications will be considered starting June 5 and continue until the position is filled

About the Position:

The Institute of Cognitive Science invites applications from qualified candidates for a term appointment in Cognitive Science: Artificial Intelligence at the rank of Instructor I beginning August 1, 2020.

The candidate is expected to teach six courses at the first, second, and third year levels in Cognitive Science. The courses will include the following: a first-year introductory programming course (CGSC 1005), a second year introductory Cognitive Science course (CGSC 2001), a third-year course in artificial intelligence (CGSC 3601) and a graduate course in artificial intelligence (CGSC 5001). The position will involve teaching these three courses in each of the Fall and Winter terms. The candidate will also be involved in the activities of the Institute. The candidate will be expected to have expertise in artificial intelligence and computer programming in Python.

About the Academic Unit:

The Institute of Cognitive Science ( offers programs at the Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. levels in Cognitive Science to approximately 500 undergraduate and 35 graduate students. Carleton is one of the few institutions in the world to offer B.Cog.Sc. and M.Cog.Sc. degrees. The Institute is a fully- independent academic unit, with dedicated faculty members. It is also supported through cross- appointments from Psychology, Linguistics, and Philosophy, and supervisory contributions from several other units, including Computer Science.


The position requires a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science or a related discipline, with evidence of excellent teaching potential in cognitive science and/or a related discipline. The position requires expertise in a diverse range of computational tools and methods, such as (but not limited to) programming in Python, machine learning, and cognitive modeling.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should include a curriculum vitae and supporting documents, including a cover letter and teaching dossier. These materials should be sent electronically as a single PDF file to John Tracey, Institute Administrator, Three referees should send letters in support of the applicant to the same address. Complete applications will be considered starting June 5 and continue until the position is filled.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 30,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge. We are proud to be one of the most accessible campuses in North America. Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada.

Carleton’s location in Ottawa, Ontario provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with numerous and diverse groups and institutions. Canada’s capital has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary.  Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.