GSI, Reader, & Tutor Positions

Thank you for your interest in a teaching assistant position at the School of Information.

These positions are subject to our having sufficient financial resources and the courses meeting enrollment minimums.


Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Positions

Reader Positions

Tutor Position

Note that positions less than 25% (10 hours per week) do not include fee remission.

Data Science courses follow the MIDS program academic calendar. Data Science courses are online; GSIs, readers, and tutors do not need to be physically in Berkeley.

Unavailable positions

The following positions are no longer available. Although they will still appear on the application form, these positions have either been filled or cancelled:

  • GSI for Info 247. Information Visualization and Presentation
  • Reader for Info 159 & 259. Natural Language Processing
  • Reader for Info 290. Research Design and Applications for Data and Analysis

Note: When applying, although the field “How many hours per week do you want to work?” is required, we will be ignoring the field in our hiring decisions. See the list above for position hours.


Position Descriptions

Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) may lead discussion or laboratory sections, hold office hours, read student papers, and more, under the active supervision of a faculty member. They may also assist with planning assignments or exams or grading. See full description

Readers typically grade student assignments, papers, and/or exams. They may also attend lectures, hold office hours, or have other duties. Readers do not teach. See full description

Tutors typically provide individual or group tutoring sessions. They may also attend lectures, hold office hours, or have other duties. Tutors do not teach. See full description


Salary information:

Monthly pay depends upon your appointment title and appointment percentage. For current pay rates and job classifications, see http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/labor/contracts/BX/current-rates.

Reporting your hours:

  • Readers and tutors may be paid as variable-time employees and must document the hours and minutes worked. If time sheets are not submitted, the student will not get paid. Timesheets are due and readers and tutors are paid biweekly. (Timekeeping app instructions)
  • GSIs and GSRs are exempt employees and receive a fixed monthly salary based on a predetermined time percentage. Salaries are paid on the first of the month.

For students hired as GSIs:
First-time GSIs must have completed or be enrolled in a 300-level pedagogy seminar, complete an online professional standards and ethics course, and attend the 1- or 2-day teaching conference before the start of the semester. First-time GSIs who fail to pass the 300-level course must retake and pass the course before they are eligible to teach again. Requirements for first-time GSIs. More GSI policies and guidelines. Note: This does not apply to positions classified as tutors or readers.


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The University of California prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized). The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for special disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans, and any other veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable state and federal laws.

Last updated:

November 14, 2019