STEP-UP Teaching Residencies

There are multiple opportunities to gain teaching experience while at UCSF, by teaching professional school students, graduate, or K-12 students. We have also developed partnerships with local colleges and universities in the Bay Area to offer UCSF students and postdocs the opportunity to gain experience teaching undergraduate labs and lectures.


Teach at UCSF

  • Teaching Assistantships:
    Graduate programs differ as to their teaching requirements and how they may be met. Consult your graduate program director for specifics.
  • UCSF Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship
    This is a great opportunity for life science postdocs to gain mentored teaching experience in UCSF's innovative new Medical School curriculum. Positions come with training on small group facilitation and a stipend. Application deadline is typically in June and positions are advertised through the PFF Listerv.
  • Other teaching opportunities:
    Postdocs interested in teaching opportunities can also ask the faculty member in charge of teaching assignments for their department if they know of any teaching opportunities in the professional schools. Often particular departments have a commitment to supply instructors to one or more of the professional schools (Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Medicine). Alternatively, postdocs may wish to contact the curriculum directors of the professional schools directly.


Teach undergraduate students at a local institution

Many UCSF graduate students and postdoctoral scholars find temporary teaching positions at local undergraduate institutions by contacting school deans and department chairs directly. In addition, we have developed several partnerships with life science departments and programs at local institutions:

  • University of San Francisco (USF): 
    For life scientists: Teach an undergraduate lab or lecture course at USF, or mentor a USF undergraduate student in your current lab through the UCSF/USF Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching (PUMT). These teaching positions are paid adjunct faculty positions which often include a weekly training session on the content of the lab. Applications take place twice a year in October and June and positions are advertised through the PFF Listerv. It is highly recommended that applicants complete the STEP-UP course or equivalent before starting.
  • San Francisco State University (SFSU)
    For life scientists: Get training, guest lecture in one of SFSU's post-bac programs, then teach a lecture course through the UCSF/SFSU Instructor Training Program (ITP). Positions are advertised through the PFF Listerv.
  • City College of San Francisco (CCSF):
    For life scientists: Guest-lecturing and mentoring opportunities working with students in the CCSF Biotechnology program through the UCSF/CCSF Teaching and Mentoring Program. This is a good volunteer opportunity to develop curriculum for one or two lessons in partnership with a CCSF faculty, and practice teaching diverse students. Applicants are required to have completed the STEP-UP course or equivalent. Applications take place twice a year in July and December and opportunities are advertised through the PFF Listerv.
  • Know of another local teaching opportunity? Email us.


Other UCSF Programs to Develop Your Teaching Skills

  • Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP)
    Teach science at the K-12 level through mentored teaching partnerships with San Francisco public schools. Mentor a high school student in your UCSF lab during the summer. For questions, please contact Katherine Nielsen, Co-Director of SEP.
  • IRACDA/STRIDE Postdoctoral Program
    This fellowship focuses on teaching at minority-serving institutions and is aimed at postdocs who have a particular interest in contributing to diversity efforts in the life sciences. Coordinated by the UCSF Graduate Division and funded through an NIGMS K12 Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, this fellowship is primarily available to candidates considering doing a postdoc at UCSF. For questions, please contact Chris Des Jarlais, Assistant Dean for Postdocs and Career Development.
  • UC Berkeley Extension
    For life scientists: Teaching opportunities in the basic sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and for upper division biology coursework. Applicants must have a PhD in relevant course matter and teaching experience, please send a cover letter and CV to [email protected].


Other Resources on Developing Teaching Skills



These opportunities are part of the Academic Career Development programs.

Contact Laurence Clement, Program Director of Academic Career Development, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development at [email protected]

This program is offered by the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development:

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