Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

University of California San Diego

United States

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences


Job #JPF03834

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Teaching Professor
Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $92,200-$108,700.
The posted UC Academic salary scales set the minimum pay as determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position
The base salary range from the salary table for this position is $74,600-$87,700.
“Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.
Additional UCSD salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: November 16, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Dec 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 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 (, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Department of Molecular Biology, invite applications for a faculty position in Biology Education for a security of employment-track (tenure equivalent) position at the Assistant Teaching Professor (also referred to as Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment or LPSOE) level. Candidates must be committed to equity and inclusion in undergraduate and graduate education. We seek candidates to advance science education at UC San Diego and beyond through research (also referred to as scholarly and creative activities), including but not limited to learning sciences, discipline-based education research, scholarship of teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, and educational outreach. While we are particularly interested in candidates who will pursue scholarly and creative activities using novel theoretical and/or methodological frameworks to examine learning in formal and/or informal settings in relation to social justice, curriculum decolonization, critical theories, and/or institutional change, candidates with other areas of expertise in scholarly and creative activities will also receive full consideration. The incumbent should possess disciplinary expertise in one or more areas of biological or life sciences and will be expected to teach biology courses. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the following disciplines, but candidates specializing in other biological areas will be considered: molecular biology; cell and developmental biology; microbiology; genetics; bioinformatics and data science; physiology; biochemistry. Depending on expertise, the incumbent will join educational leadership team(s) for one or more of our core laboratory and lecture courses in these disciplinary areas, contributing to ongoing course development and instruction that serve students from many different communities and intersections of identities. Experience in mentoring and/or service within an institution, professional organization, and/or community will also be considered as strengths in potential candidates.

Teaching Professors are full members of the Academic Senate. The responsibilities of Teaching Professors emphasize teaching courses and contributing to the education mission of the department. Teaching Professors in the School of Biological Sciences typically teach five course sections over three quarters per academic year. Teaching Professors are evaluated on these criteria, in order of importance: (1) teaching excellence, (2) professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity, and (3) University and public service.

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 including biology education. We have one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country with an M.S. program track in Biology Education Research, as well as a Ph.D. program in Mathematics and Science Education offered on campus. We are committed to academic excellence, and to enhancing access, inclusion and success of our diverse faculty, staff and students (;


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD or equivalent degree in Biology or related field
  • Demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching using evidence-based inclusive instructional practices
  • Have a clear vision and plan for scholarly and creative activities
  • Created or contributed to curricula and programs that center the identities and experiences of students and faculty from minoritized communities in the sciences and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching - Description of teaching philosophy and how you have put that into practice in your past teaching (one page)

  • Statement of Science Professional Activities in Science Education - Statement of scholarly and/or creative contributions with an emphasis on education research to be done at UC San Diego (one page)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement describing past experience and leadership in fostering equity and diversity or their potential to make future contributions (one page).

    For information on preparing diversity statements and School-wide initiatives to promote diversity, see: and

  • COVID Impact Statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

  • Course List - A list of courses (up to 10) that you feel suited to teach (see BioSci courses here)

  • Teaching Evaluations or other data collected on your teaching (Optional)

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2

  • Publication 3

  • Publication 4 (Optional)

  • Publication 5 (Optional)

  • Misc/Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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La Jolla, CA


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