Field of Specialization: Cognitive Science: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modelling
Academic Unit: Department of Cognitive Science
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: September 30, 2020

About the Position:

The Department of Cognitive Science invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure track appointment in Cognitive Science: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modelling at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2021.

We are seeking applicants with an interdisciplinary background who have a passion for cognitive science and technical expertise in programming and artificial intelligence. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, applications of machine learning relevant to cognition, AI-augmented human cognition, cognitive modeling, and the design of artificial systems that take into account neuroscience and cognitive science constraints. The successful candidate will be expected to have an active research program, to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in computer programming and artificial intelligence to cognitive science students, to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects with other faculty members in the Department, and to supervise graduate and undergraduate research projects.

About the Academic Unit:

The Department 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 Department 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 high-quality interdisciplinary research in cognitive science with a focus on computation, supported by peer-reviewed publications. Applicants must show the potential for externally-funded, independent research, strong methodological and analytical skills, and expertise in a diverse range of computational tools and methods, such as (but not limited to) machine learning applications in cognitive science, AI-augmented human cognition, cognitive modeling, and/or the design of artificial systems that take into account neuroscience and cognitive science constraints. The potential to collaborate with other faculty members in the Department is an asset. Evidence of excellent teaching potential is required, and interest in developing outstanding teaching in an interdisciplinary context is highly desirable.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should include a curriculum vitae and supporting documents, including a cover letter, a research statement, a teaching dossier, and three to five representative publications. These materials should be sent electronically as a single PDF file to John Tracey, Department Administrator, Three referees should send letters in support of the applicant to the same address. Applications should be received by September 30, 2020.

Please also identify any past experiences in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in your previous institutional environment such as in curriculum development and in supporting diverse students.

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.