GSI & Reader Openings

Academic Student Employees (ASE)

Berkeley Mathematics is now hiring GSIs, UGSIs, and Readers for the upcoming spring semester. Interested students can apply through our Spring 2024 ASE application.

Please review the information below if you are interested in applying for a position this coming spring. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please contact christiannatividad@berkeley.eduPlease do not send inquiries to instructors.

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

To be qualified, students must have a strong background in mathematics (i.e. have taken multiple advanced math courses as an undergraduate or graduate student) and have received high grades in relevant coursework (ideally A- or higher). We strongly prefer applicants with prior teaching experience at Berkeley. We will accept GSI applications as long as there is a need. GSI hiring order is as follows: firstly, Mathematics or Logic Groupgraduate students; secondly, continuing or returning GSIs from outside departments; and thirdly, remaining qualified applicants.


  • For non-Mathematics/Logic Group applicants: include syllabi or course outlines for any mathematics-relevant courses on your academic record. 
  • All applicants should report if you will you have any additional appointments (Reader, GSI, GSR, on-campus, other campus, or LBNL). Please include as much detail as possible, e.g. percentage FTE, position, and hiring unit (ex. 25% GSI MEC ENG). If you are uncertain, share as much information as possible. 
  • All applicants should list at least 3 courses per “level of interest” on the application. Course placement depends on many factors, including departmental need and GSI experience, and therefore we cannot guarantee applicants placement in their preferred courses. For information on GSI duties and course logistics, please see Math GSI position details for Spring 2024.

 Important things to keep in mind for GSI positions:  

  • The standard Math GSI appointment is set at 50% FTE, equivalent to 20 hours per week (average over the appointment period). We do not appoint students to 25% standalone GSI positions. In rare circumstances, and by exceptional approval, a student may be considered for an additional 25% appointment only if the student already holds a second ASE or GSR appointment at 25% or 50%.

  • Mathematics GSI appointments during the academic year (excluding summer) are eligible for fee remissions and wages are in line with the current rates for GSI pay. Visit Berkeley Labor Relations to see salary info for GSI Step Levels.

  • Applicants who do not speak English as a native language must demonstrate oral English proficiency to be eligible to work as a GSI. Please see important deadlines for the Language Proficiency Program and the English Oral Proficiency Test (OPT). OPT appointments are not available on demand, so applicants should plan ahead to obtain a testing date and passing score.

  • New GSIs are required to fulfill the following requirements:

  • ASE union requirement: New GSIs must attend UAW Orientations.

  • GSI course assignments are subject to change according to departmental teaching needs. 

Learn more about GSI responsibilities, requirements, and eligibility via the Appointments Handbook.

Undergraduate Student Instructor (UGSI) 

Undergraduate students can apply for UGSI positions through our Spring 2024 ASE application. UGSIs are appointed by exception only. Exceptions are approved by the Campus only if a department is not able to recruit any qualified graduate students (including graduate students from other departments) to fill an essential GSI position. Positive prior experience in other academic appointments (e.g. Reader, Tutor) is taken into consideration when selecting UGSIs.

Important things to keep in mind for UGSI positions:  

  • Applicants must have a 3.3 overall GPA or better, and have earned an A- or better in the course they wish to teach.

  • Eligibility requirements for GSIs (see hiring info section for GSIs above) also apply to UGSIs, including language proficiency (if applicable) and first-time GSI requirements.

  • View Berkeley Labor Relations to see current rates for UGSI pay.

  • UGSIs are eligible for fee remissions.

  • ASE union requirement: New UGSIs must attend UAW Orientations.

  • Learn more about UGSI eligibility via the Appointments Handbook.

Please note the following when submitting a UGSI application:

  • For "Class Assignment Preferences,” select only lower-division courses and please list at least 3 classes in each interest category (high, medium, low). Most GSIs will be placed in lower-division classes, so please include those in your preferences.

  • Use the “additional information” box to include any and all information that can help us determine your qualifications to teach (e.g. prior teaching or Reader experience, math background, etc.).


Readers primarily support the grading of student papers and examinations but may also be asked to perform other course related duties (e.g. proctoring, hold office hours). Readers do not perform teaching duties. The department plans to hire Reader support for every in-person course. Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must have a 3.3 overall GPA or better and a A- or better in the mathematics courses (or equivalent) for which they want to be a Reader. 

  • View Berkeley Labor Relations to see current rates for Reader pay.

  • Undergraduate Readers are not eligible for fee remissions.

  • ASE union requirement: New readers must attend UAW Orientations.
  • Hiring for Readers will depend on course enrollment and additional class support needs. The number of available positions varies each semester.

Learn more about Reader position eligibility via the Appointments Handbook.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please send your inquiry to