Lecturer in Biology
University of California Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology
United States

Lecturer - Biology/BIO 1B - Department of Integrative Biology

Job #JPF02826
  • College of Letters & Science - Biological Sciences - Integrative Biology

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 15th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Jan 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Lecturer – Biology - Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of part-time or full-time, temporary, non-tenure track Lecturer positions to teach IB courses and General Biology (BIO 1B) courses as need arises. Our department’s emphasis is on organismal biology.

Due to COVID 19 UC Berkeley will begin the spring semester with fully remote instruction. UC Berkeley is prepared to implement hybrid and/or flexible modes of instruction as soon as public health conditions allow. Remote instruction may be synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination of both. Instructors must have internet access and be prepared to adjust pedagogical approaches with a remote setting and use new teaching tools.

Appointments for Fall semesters are usually reviewed in April, Spring semester appointments are reviewed in September, and Summer appointments are reviewed in January. Positions typically start at the beginning of the semester, and appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. Positions may range from 15% to 100% depending on the number of courses taught and duties performed.

Teaching Responsibilities
We are seeking outstanding lecturers who can teach/co-teach small, medium, and large size lecture and/or laboratory courses in the broad subject areas listed below:
• Ecology
• Evolution
• Organismal Biology
• Integrative Human Biology
• General Biology (BIO 1B)

A full list of IB undergraduate courses can be found at http://ib.berkeley.edu/undergrad/courses.

Graduate courses are at http://ib.berkeley.edu/student/courses/grad.php.

General Duties
In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include holding office hours, creating and grading quizzes and/or exams, managing and assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and using a learning management system (e.g., bCourses at UC Berkeley, Blackboard, Canvas, etc.).

For General Biology (BIO 1B) Lab Courses: The laboratory class currently covers three major sections: Evolution, Ecology, and Plant Biology/Organismal Diversity. Exercises include investigations into population genetics, phylogenetic relationships, macroevolution, predator/prey interactions, competition, bioindicators, and structure and function of organisms. BIO 1B is a gateway course to the major field of Integrative Biology that consists of three one-hour lectures and one four-hour combined discussion and lab each week. The class has up to 48 sections with a maximum of 18 students in each section. Lecturers will be required to lead one discussion and lab per week, create quizzes, grade assignments, attend a Friday instructional meeting, be familiar with lecture, proctor exams, hold office hours and complete other instructional duties as assigned. Senior lecturers mentor new hires and Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs).

Minimum Basic Qualifications (by time of application): The completion of all Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) requirements except the dissertation is required at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (by start date): A Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree). Experience teaching a college level course (previously employed as a graduate student instructor, teaching assistant, lecturer, etc.) is also required.

Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) in the biological sciences is preferred. Experience teaching a college level course (previously employed as a graduate student instructor, teaching assistant, lecturer, etc.) of the biological sciences is also preferred.

Familiarity with a web-based learning management system for grading and classroom management (e.g., Canvas) is preferred. For General Biology (BIO 1B): Experience working with computer-based phylogenetic programs and teaching a class similar to UC Berkeley’s BIO 1B lab courses is preferred.

Minimum starting annual full-time salary rate is $56,381. Salary to be commensurate with experience and education. Some credit will be given to prior college-level teaching experience (not including graduate student or summer sessions teaching).

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or other related areas.

Application Process
To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF02826.

For more information, please send an email to ib_recruit@berkeley.edu.

We will only contact your referees if you are a finalist for the position, and we will seek your permission before doing so. All requested letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are produced via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Review Integrative Biology (IB) courses we offer (http://ib.berkeley.edu/academics/courses) and please include career highlights in the cover letter that specifically address your experience for the IB or Bio 1B courses you wish to teach. Courses other than those listed on the IB website are less likely to be taught, but may be considered.
  • Curriculum Vitae - The C.V. should include teaching experience with a listing of dates, courses, units, titles (Lecturer, Graduate Student Instructor/Teaching Assistant, Guest Lecturer, etc.). If you were not the full-time instructor, please indicate the percentage of contribution as a co-instructor or guest lecturer.
  • Statement of Teaching - Three page maximum
  • Student Evaluations of Teaching - Evaluations must be complete, unedited, include name and date of course, instructor name, no. of respondents, quantitative scores with a key to the range, and all qualitative info (written comments). Evaluations from 3-5 most recent courses is sufficient.
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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