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Instructor Pool – Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences - UC Berkeley Extension

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $2,750–$6,800 per course, or $170–$200/student for an asynchronous online course. Instructor compensation is determined by course length, number of units, enrollment, budgetary considerations, and other factors.
Percent time: Part-time temporary appointments are offered by agreement on a course-by-course basis.
Anticipated start: Some appointments may begin as early as the summer semester.
Review timeline: Applicants are considered for positions as needs arise; the existence of this pool does not guarantee that a position is available.
Position duration: Appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

Application Window

Open date: January 26, 2024

Next review date: Monday, May 20, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 13, 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

Job Type

Academic - Non-Tenure Track

Job Summary

UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified instructors to teach in-person and online courses in the Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences.

UC Berkeley Extension seeks dynamic instructors with a commitment to undergraduate, professional and continuing education in biological, chemical, and physical sciences to lead one or more courses each year. The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.

Courses are offered in-person and online.

  • Classroom instruction takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area (California, U.S.A.), including Alameda County, San Francisco County, and San Mateo County.
  • Online instruction is delivered through live lectures (Zoom) or asynchronously through our learning management system (Canvas).

Most classroom and live online lecture courses are offered in the evening and on the weekend (U.S.A. Pacific Time).

General Duties

We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following course subjects (but not limited to). For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, please refer to the departmental links below.


  • General Biology I lecture and lab (cell structure + function, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, metabolism, molecular genetics, classification, animal development, form + function)
  • Introductory Biology With Lab
  • General Biology II lecture and lab (fungi + plant development, population genetics, ecology, conservation, origin of life, evolution, classification)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology of Aging
  • Biology of Human Cancer
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Current Topics in the Biosciences
  • Developmental Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • Genomic or Personalized Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Human Anatomy/Neuroanatomy lecture and lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Kinesiology (Introduction to Kinesiology, Mechanical Kinesiology)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology/Infectious Disease (Microbiology lab, Medical Microbiology lecture, Principles of Infectious Disease lecture)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Parasitology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology (A&P/Exercise/Kinesiology/Motor Skills)
  • Physiology (Lecture/Lab: general human, Lecture Only: mammalian + systemic, cardiac + respiratory)
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Virology


  • General/Inorganic Chemistry I lecture and lab
  • General/Inorganic Chemistry II lecture and lab
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I lecture and lab
  • Organic Chemistry II lecture and lab
  • Quantitative Analysis: Applications in Clinical Chemistry


  • Concepts of Physics
  • General Physics I lecture and lab
  • General Physics II lecture and lab

Teaching Experience

  • Classroom Teaching Experience
  • Synchronous Online Teaching Experience (online lectures via Zoom)
  • Asynchronous Online Teaching Experience (via learning management system)

Instructor duties include but are not limited to:

  • Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; communicating required texts and materials; and communicating classroom technology and support needs.
  • Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
  • Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
  • Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
  • Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
  • Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
  • Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
  • Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for disabilities).
  • Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
  • Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
  • Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with the Program Director/Manager as needed.
  • Retain student records according to University policies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • All work must be performed in the United States, whether in person or online. For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to provide visa/work permits.
Preferred qualifications
  • Doctorate degree or equivalent international degree in course subject or related area.
  • 3 or more years of professional or undergraduate-level teaching experience (as the primary instructor) in the course subject.
  • Experience teaching at a U.S. college/university institution.
  • Experience teaching and/or developing academic content for online courses.
  • Experience in creating syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes.
  • Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English).
  • Effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
  • Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas); lecture/presentation capture applications (Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); file sharing (Google drive or Dropbox); and Google Workspace tools (email, calendar, docs, sheets, slides, etc).

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Instructor Information Form - Download the Instructor Information Form PDF to your computer desktop and open it using the Adobe Acrobat application. Complete, save, and upload the PDF form to your AP Recruit application. It is not recommended to use an internet PDF viewer or Google Docs to complete this form.

Reference requirements
  • References are requested from candidates at the interviewing stage, and references are only contacted for finalists.
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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley 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.

Please refer to the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.