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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is a field teaching and research campus located on the south shore of Douglas Lake near Pellston, Michigan, about 4 hours north of Ann Arbor. The UMBS has an opening for two (2) Temporary Instructional Aide positions from May 10th to June 10th 2017. This is a 40 hours per week position with an hourly rate of up to $28/hour, commensurable with experience. Compensation includes salary plus free room and board at UMBS for dates stated.

The position is for a section in the Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (Chem 125/126) under the Authentic Research Connections (ARC) program. The ARC program aims at incorporating faculty research projects into the introductory Chemistry and Biology Labs. The dates for the position includes preparation time prior to the actual course start date. In keeping with the ARC philosophy and the Biological Station mission, this class will use several real-world scenarios to teach field sampling and data collection skills in addition to lab techniques and experimental design. Students will test mercury levels in fish and sediment as well as perform a stormwater analysis for various organic and inorganic pollutants for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, a northern Michigan NGO.

The instructional aide will join a team that includes the course instructor and the UMBS chemistry lab manager. S/he will provide assistance in the classroom, laboratory and field. Some grading will be required (e.g., lab notebooks, term paper, and participation in lab). This is the first iteration of the lab course so the time prior to the start of class will be used to run through the different experimental procedures and modify protocols as needed.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Selection Process

Selection criteria include a relevant academic preparation (Environmental Chemistry preferred) and experience. Minimum qualifications include good standing in the applicant’s academic department. Hiring decisions are made by the course faculty. Questions and application materials can be sent to Dr. Julianne Vernon at juliever@umich.edu . All application materials must be received by March 30th for full consideration.

Application Materials

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. 3 References (please include name, current job title, and email)
  3. A list of classes previously taught

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.