The Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, seeks applicants for an assistant professor (tenure track) or associate professor level (with tenure) position in learning sciences with an emphasis on science education, with an expected start date of July 1, 2015. The successful candidate will join faculty in the program in Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology (EMST) who merge cognitive, developmental, and social perspectives with practice in studying cognition and learning in mathematics and science.

Desirable qualities for this position include a research program merging theory and practice with an emphasis on student thinking and sense making. Applicants’ research contexts might include classrooms, homes, online activities, and museums, and/or innovative practices that take advantage of contemporary technologies. The successful applicant should be prepared to teach and advise doctoral students specializing in science education, and to contribute as appropriate to the GSE’s innovative programs in teacher education. Faculty in the GSE also have the opportunity to teach in the School’s popular undergraduate minor.

The minimum basic qualification to be considered an applicant for this position is a PhD or equivalent, or the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application. Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent in science education, cognitive science, the learning sciences or a related field by the date of hire. Applicants must also have a record of demonstrated excellence in research in science education consistent with their career stage. Evidence of excellence would be in the form of published or in press manuscripts in leading peer reviewed journals, exemplary chapters in edited books, outstanding letters from experts in the field, an exemplary research program to be accomplished in the next 5 years, and or conference presentations or other forms of professional contributions indicative of strong participation in the research community. Preferred qualifications include experience in teaching courses related to science education and in working with a diverse student population.

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter
  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement
  • 3 letters of reference (to be submitted by recommenders – see below)

Candidates applying for the assistant professor position. Candidates applying at the non- tenure (assistant professor) level should submit the following materials for a complete application:

Please request letters of recommendation directly through our online application system. Please refer potential recommenders (even when recommenders use a third party for sending letters –i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: prior to submitting their letters.

Candidates applying for the associate professor position. Candidates applying at the tenure (associate professor) level should submit all the materials listed for the assistant professor position. However, please do not request your recommenders to upload letters; rather, provide contact information only for your three recommenders.. Note that the search committee will contact your references only if you are a finalist for the position, and the committee will seek your permission before doing so. (Please also note that the online system will indicate that your application appears incomplete when you do not request the letters but will nonetheless receive full consideration.)

All letters of reference will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.

How to apply. Visit to apply. The deadline date to apply is November 3, 2014. Please contact Lani Hunt at (510) 644-9984 or with questions.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. For more information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office at or visit