Getting started with Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Researcher (GSR), Reader, and Tutor appointments at Berkeley.

Graduate Student Instructors (GSI), Readers and Tutors

GSIs typically assist a faculty member with classroom and laboratory teaching, office consultation, and reading student papers.  Readers assist in the grading of student papers and examinations. Tutors conduct tutoring sessions, group tutoring sessions, and presentations at workshops. GSI, Reader and Tutor positions are collectively referred to as Academic Student Employee (ASE) positions and are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

Finding GSI, Reader and Tutor Positions

The projected number of GSI, Reader, and Tutor appointments for the following academic year is posted on the Labor Relations section of the Human Resources website. The list provides the names and e-mail addresses for departmental contacts. In the spring, check for opportunities that are available during the Summer Session.

In addition, you will want to begin inquiries about appointments with faculty, staff, and your graduate student colleagues well before the beginning of the semester for which you want the appointment. Ask your graduate student affairs officer for more information on where to look for job listings in your discipline.  Outside of your department, check with potential opportunities posted through the Career Center.

Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs)

GSRs perform research broadly related to their degree programs in an academic department or research unit under the direction of a faculty member or authorized Principal Investigator. GSRs do not perform teaching, administrative, or general assistance duties.

Finding GSR Positions

Ask faculty or staff well before the beginning of the semester for which you want to be appointed about research projects that may need GSRs. You should also check department websites and talk to your graduate student colleagues, who may have suggestions.


Questions about academic appointments? Contact the Graduate Student Academic Appointments Office, or visit the GSI Teaching & Resource Center website.