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Lecturer in Biological Sciences

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer
Salary range: ​A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $64,329-$181,015. ​ The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position

Application Window

Open date: November 8, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Feb 1, 2024 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: Thursday, Nov 7, 2024 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 School of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego has occasional openings for temporary non-tenure track lecturers (Unit 18) throughout the academic year. Courses in which lecturers are typically needed include undergraduate lower and upper division lecture courses in the areas of Physiology (BILD 2, BIPN 100 and BIPN 102), Metabolic (BIBC 102) and Structural Biochemistry (BIBC 100), Cellular and Molecular Biology (BILD 1, BIMM 100 and BICD 110), Genetics (BICD 100), and Microbiology (BIMM 120). Lab courses include Introductory Biology Lab (BILD 4), Recombinant DNA Techniques (BIMM 101), Biochemical Techniques (BIBC 103), Animal Physiology Lab (BIPN 105), Microbiology Lab (BIMM 121), and Bioinformatics Lab (BIMM 143). The full list of courses offered by the School of Biological Sciences can be found in the online course catalog.

We are especially interested in recruiting candidates committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education, and who will make a strong and meaningful contribution to the development of a campus climate that supports that commitment. Knowledge and/or demonstrated ability to address the educational and academic needs of a diverse student population, including effective teaching strategies for the advancement of students from groups who are underrepresented in higher education is an asset. Instructors for the School are encouraged to use instructional strategies tied to contemporary research on the science of teaching and learning (i.e. evidence-based teaching).

Appointees must comply with School instructions, deadlines and policies regarding course scheduling, and may need to be flexible with regards to the scheduling of their classes to accommodate the limited space availability for classrooms during standard business hours. Appointments may be full or part time, for 1, 2, or 3 quarters in duration. In the application, specify the courses or academic area(s) in which you are qualified to teach.

The School of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within faculty, staff, and student body.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in Biology or related field (ABDs will be considered), or equivalent combination of education and 0.5 years of TA teaching experience, guest lecturing, teacher training or field work or expertise in a related area of research, including graduate and postdoctoral training.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with research or college-level teaching experience relevant to the course(s) to which they are applying to teach areas are preferred. Applicants with prior college level teaching experience are strongly preferred; experience can be as a teaching assistant.

Teaching specializations can include:
Physiology (BILD 2, BIPN 100 and BIPN 102)
Metabolic Biochemistry (BIBC 102)
Structural Biochemistry (BIBC 100)
Cell Biology (BILD 1 and/or BICD 110)
Molecular Biology (BIMM 100)
Genetics (BICD 100)
Microbiology (BIMM 120)
Introductory Biology Lab (BILD 4)
Recombinant DNA Techniques (BIMM 101)
Biochemical Techniques (BIBC 103)
Animal Physiology Lab (BIPN 105) and Microbiology Lab (BIMM 121)
Bioinformatics (BIMM 143)

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching - Describe your teaching philosophy, experience, and proposal for teaching. Please include:
    -Courses you are able/interested to teach
    -Specific examples of your philosophy in practice, and how evidence-based or promising practices are used.
    -Reflections on your teaching. For example, what data or information do you or have you collected to identify if instructional approaches are working and how have you reflected on this information? How has your teaching changed in response?
    -A description of your most recent teaching-related professional development, and how that has influenced your practice.

  • 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. Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our faculty equity site for more information.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations - Most recent teaching evaluations (including student comments, if available) if you have teaching experience

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 1-6 required (contact information only)
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Job location

La Jolla, CA