Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

We begin recruiting Summer and Fall Physics GSI in March of the same year. We begin recruiting Spring Physics GSI in October of the preceding year.

We are currently accepting Summer GSI applications and Fall 2016 PHYSICS GSI and Fall 2016 UGSI APPLICATIONS. Questions? Please contact: Physics Student Services <>.

The Physics Department only appoints 20 hr/wk (50%) GSIs. Except in cases of highly specialized physics courses, we do not appoint registered graduate students as Readers.

Prospective graduate students will not be considered. All non-physics graduate students MUST secure their faculty advisor's approval to hold a 20 hr/wk (50%) GSI appointment. Please consult your Student Services Advisor if you do not know who your faculty advisor is.

When submitting a Physics GSI application, please add your last name in front of the application file name and email to: Non-physics graduate students: If you've never taught for the Physics Department, you must attach your undergraduate transcript (unofficial copy OK) with your Physics GSI Application. You must be able to show you have completed the equivalent of the Physics 7 series.

Hiring order is as follows:

  1. physics graduate students
  2. outside graduate students who are continuing physics GSIs (preference for applicants with good GSI evaluations)
  3. qualified outside graduate students with prior UCB non-physics teaching experience (preference for applicants with good GSI evaluations)
  4. qualified outside graduate student with no prior UCB teaching experience

International students must provide proof that they've met the University's spoken English proficiency requirement.

We will accept applications as long as there are GSI openings.

Summer 2016 Physics Organizational Meetings will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 9 AM for classes in session B and on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9 AM for classes in session C. Fall 2016 Physics GSI Orientation and Organizational Meetings will be on Monday, August 22, 2016 beginning at 10 AM in 50 Birge.   Physics GSIs will pick their teaching assignments during the subsequent organizational meetings.

UCB Campus Wide Teaching Conferences for First-time GSIs 

Fall campus wide teaching conferences for first-time GSIs are held on the Thursdays and Fridays before the first day of fall classes. Thursday conferences are for first time International GSI's and Friday conferences are for all first time GSI's.  Spring campus wide teaching conferences are help on the Fridays before the first day of spring classes, and they are for all first time GSIs. Pre-registration is required.

First time GSIs must enroll in a 375 GSI training course before or concurrently with their first semester of teaching at Berkeley.  Physics 375 is only offered in the fall.

First time GSIs teaching physics who cannot enroll in Physics 375 because of time conflicts may enroll in a 375 GSI training course in a comparable department. Instructor permission is required.  

Click for GSI training courses in other departments. 


The GSI Teaching and Resource Center provides pedagogical support and guidance for GSIs. Programs include orientation conferences, noon-hour workshops, course improvement grants, teaching awards, confidential consultations, the Teaching Perspectives newsletter, and the Language Proficiency Program for GSIs who do not speak English as a native language. The Center also houses a library of books, articles, videos, and other reference materials on teaching.

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching and Resource Center
301 Sproul Hall
Phone: 510-642-4456
Fax: 510-643-1524

We will begin accepting 2015-2016 Physics OGSI nominations starting mid-Novemeber. You can find 2014-2015 Physics OGSI nomination information by clicking here.