Skip to main content

Faculty Openings

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 the faculty, staff, and student body. This is where discovery comes to life.

New Faculty Recruitments

Recruitments are currently closed. New faculty recruitment positions are in process and will be posted when available.

Assistant Teaching Professor


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. Visit the Biology Diversity page and the UC San Diego Diversity site for more information.


All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to excellence and creativity in research and scholarship, successful candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in the sciences, or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals.


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 Faculty Salary Scale 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 at the Salary Programs and Scales page.


Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of science professional activities in science education
  • COVID impact statement
  • Statement describing their past experience and leadership in fostering equity and diversity and their potential to make future contributions
  • 3-5 publications
  • A list of courses (up to 10) that you feel suited to teach (See BioSci courses at the Catalog page).

For information on preparing diversity statements and School-wide initiatives to promote diversity, see the Contributions to Diversity page and the Faculty Expectations page.

Initial Review Date

Review of applications will commence on December 17, 2023 and will continue until position is filled.

Apply Link

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System

UC San Diego 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 gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.