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Temporary Lecturer - 2021/2022 - COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Application Window

Open date: December 14th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Dec 13, 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.

Position description

The Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego is committed to continuing a tradition of excellence in its faculty, and invites applications from candidates who can contribute to that tradition.

The department is accepting applications for temporary non-tenure track lecturers (Unit 18) to teach for the 2021-2022 academic year. Teaching duties will include upper- and lower-division undergraduate classes in the areas of: computational methods and modeling, human-computer interaction, human-centered design, language or culture and cognition, neuroscience (cognitive, behavioral, theoretical, and/or systems), and clinical aspects of cognitive science. In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include (but are not limited to) managing teaching assistants, holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining course websites.

Lecturers teaching large courses are expected to work with and mentor student teaching assistants. The number of positions and courses varies across academic quarters, depending on the curriculum needs of the Department. Positions typically start at the beginning of an academic quarter, and appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, performance and the Department's mandate to maintain intellectual diversity. UCSD and the Department of Cognitive Science are committed to maintaining a diverse faculty and promoting an inclusive and tolerant environment.

Course descriptions can be found at

Candidates must have, at minimum, a Master's degree in the area of Cognitive Science and/or related fields by the start date of the position.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity;
  • Prior university level experience in teaching undergraduate courses;
  • Outstanding teaching evaluations
  • Experience teaching large classroom sizes (more than 100 students);
  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree in the area of Cognitive Science and/or related fields.

Appointments will be part-time or full-time, up to a total of two courses per quarter, from one quarter up to one year in duration.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin January 22, 2021. The posting will remain open for the duration of the year to accommodate upcoming course needs or until the position is filled.

To be considered, applicants must submit applications electronically at

UCSD is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests.

  • Statement of Teaching/Teaching Philosophy - Summarize teaching experience, quality of teaching in classroom and student mentoring, and other instructional-related activities.

  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness - Example: provide summaries of teaching evaluations (within the last 2 years) such as CAPEs if you taught at UCSD previously.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please describe any teaching strategies you currently use or plan to use to foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience, and to enable all students to excel and fully participate in the learning process. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Transcript - Include a transcript if your terminal degree is outside of cognitive science.

  • Syllabus - Provide sample of course syllabi from classes you have taught in the last two years.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required

Job location

La Jolla, CA