Data Science Lecturer

The School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a pool of part-time, non-tenure track lecturers to teach online courses in Data Science. We are seeking outstanding instructors who can teach 15-person sections in our web-based Master’s in Information and Data Science program. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the School. Appointments may be renewed based on need, funding, and performance.

Due to budget restrictions, no funding is available for visa or relocation expenses. Applicants must be located in the United States to be eligible for this position.


Teaching responsibilities include planning and leading online classes that focus on active learning: discussions, group activities, examples, and walkthroughs relevant to concepts covered in existing asynchronous materials associated with the course.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include: hold office hours, assign grades, advise students on Slack, Piazza, or email, prepare course materials (e.g., syllabus, assessment materials), provide clear and prompt feedback on student work, and maintaining the course website. Lecturers are also expected to attend bi-weekly course team meetings with other instructors of the course, and are encouraged to attend bi-weekly faculty meetings.

Basic Qualifications

(by time of application)

  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree).

Additional Qualifications

(by start date)

  • Experience teaching college-level courses.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in a field such as Data Science, Information, Information Science, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Political Science, Sociology, Law, or Economics.

  • Professional experience in a field such as Data Science, Information, Information Science, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Political Science, Sociology, Law, or Economics.

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching college-level courses.

  • Experience teaching college-level courses online.

  • Teaching experience in at least one of the following core areas:

    • Introductory programming
    • Research design and data analysis
    • Applied statistics
    • Data engineering, storage, retrieval
    • Visualizing and communicating data
    • Applied machine learning
    • Privacy, security, and ethics of data
    • Experiments and causal inference
    • Very large scale data mining and analysis
    • Applied regression and time series analysis
    • Deep learning
    • Social network analysis
    • Natural language processing
  • Ability to enrich course content within defined curriculum goals and objectives

  • A demonstrated ability to support the academic, professional, and personal development of a diverse community of individuals in a highly multidisciplinary environment.

The School of Information is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or other related areas. We require that applicants submit a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA, or remote (US-based).


Salary range: The starting, full-time equivalent annual salary rate is currently $123,338. Appointments are typically from one to three sections per term for up to three terms per year, resulting in the total compensation of approximately $6,989 per section over each academic term, as of Spring 2022. This salary rate will increase in subsequent terms in accordance with the terms of the labor contract.

Percent time: 8% to 100% time

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package available for lecturers who meet minimum workload and appointment hours requirements. There are also a number of policies and programs to support all employees as they balance work and family.

Recruitment Period

  • Open date: February 1st, 2022

  • Final date: Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023 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.

  • Anticipated start: Positions typically start in January, May, and August.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the school is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

How to Apply

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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.

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About the I School

The UC Berkeley School of Information (I School) advances knowledge and practice everywhere humans interact with digital technologies. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching, we are committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from diverse fields, such as information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy. The I School educates professionals and scholars to understand the problems and possibilities of information, to develop models of information practice, and to design useful and usable information applications, services, and solutions.

The I School offers three professional master’s degrees and an academic doctoral degree. Candidates selected for our Data Science Lecturer position typically teach classes that primarily enroll graduate students from our MIDS program, which trains data scientists to manage and analyze the coming onslaught of big data, in a unique high-touch online degree. Successful instructors in our program are dynamic, enthusiastic information scholars and professionals who encourage both real-world applications and deeper theoretical discussions of contemporary and historical issues in information and data science.

Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Last updated:

February 1, 2022