Work at Jacobs

February 18, 2021 | 4:41 pm

The Jacobs Institute was founded on the idea of creating a cross-disciplinary design community, providing hands-on experience and approach to design education. Our faculty, staff, and student workers come from a myriad of individual backgrounds that contribute to the dynamic culture of Jacobs Hall and our Makerspace as a whole. Each member of our small team works closely with one another, making Jacobs Hall a true collaborative experience from behind the scenes to the classroom.

If you’re interested in being part of what we are creating at the Jacobs Institute, we encourage you to explore the opportunities listed below.

Jacobs Institute Lecturer Pool

Our lecturer pool offers candidates with design expertise and a passion for teaching an opportunity to mentor students at the intersection of design and technology and in dialogue with the resources of the Jacobs Institute. Those with expertise in Computer Science and User Interface Design are particularly encouraged to apply, though we welcome applications relevant to all aspects of our curriculum.

Apply here

Master of Design (MDes) Lecturer Pool

The Master of Design program at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach fall and spring semester courses, as well as summer courses and special topics workshops, should an opening arise.

Apply here

Student Positions + GSI/Readers

From working in our Makerspace to graphic design, there are a number of ways students can get involved at Jacobs Hall. Visit the Student Roles page for a full list of opportunities, including information on GSI and Reader Roles, current open positions, and how to apply.

Staff Positions

Director of Career Development
October 25, 2021

The Director of Career Development will join a collaborative and supportive environment at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. We are looking for a leader to fill this newly created position and build services and programs for our creative students. Candidates with career development experience in the Design and Technology sectors encouraged.

Career Development Program Design, Implementation, and Management:

Design and implement a suite of career development and placement services and programs that provide Master of Design (MDes) students and alumni with a career advantage.

Career Planning Advising: Students and Alumni:

  • Provide career advising professional master’s students who are looking to advance in their careers or switch entirely to another function and/or industry.
  • Use standard quantitative and qualitative assessments to help MDes students assess career goals.
  • Develop and conduct workshops and programs to meet students’ needs.

Network and Relationship Building:

  • Establish new relationships with corporations and other organizations related to career services and internship opportunities for MDes students and alumni
  • Work proactively to strengthen relationships with recruiting companies in designated industries. Assist them in developing and executing recruiting and marketing strategies.
  • Build long term relationships with students and alumni. Facilitate networking opportunities among students and alumni/contacts in industry.

To apply, go to and search for Job ID #25955.