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How to Apply

Interested graduate students should email a cover letter and CV to physics.sso@umich.edu. The cover letter should address the applicant’s interest in the position and highlight relevant experience. If the applicant is more interested in one course over others, they should use the cover letter to communicate this. Copies of past teaching evaluations can also be submitted here, if applicable.

Course Description

136: Life Sciences Lab I. This lab introduces students to experimental methods in science. Students make observations, analyze their data and compare their results to predictions based on theory. The course material is focused on understanding the principles of classical mechanics.

141: Elementary Lab I. Students make observations, do simulations, analyze their data and compare their results to predictions based on theory. The course material is focused on understanding the principles of classical mechanics.

236: Life Sciences Lab II. This lab introduces students to experimental methods in science. Students make observations, analyze their data and compare their results to predictions based on the standard laws of physics. The course material is focused on understanding the principles of electricity and magnetism, including light and wave phenomena.

241: Elementary Lab II. This lab introduces students to experimental methods in science. Students make observations, analyze their data and compare their results to predictions based on the standard laws of physics. The course material is focused on understanding the principles of electricity and magnetism, including circuits and electrical devices.

Responsibilities*

GSIs in the labs listed will teach two to four weekly two-hour lab sections, depending on appointment fraction, of 20-24 students. Teaching includes—but is not be limited to—preparing for class, grading quizzes and lab reports, attending a weekly GSI meeting, and holding office hours in the Physics Help Room and/or lab make-up room.

There may be multiple positions available in each course.  The GSI appointments are anticipated to be between 25%-50% effort, with an anticipated workload of approximately 10-20 hours per week (averaged over the entire term). 

Required Qualifications*

All applicants must be graduate students at the University of Michigan and must be available to teach when the class is scheduled. All applicants must also be available to do work during the employment period defined by the collective bargaining agreement between the University and the GEO: September 1—December 31, 2017.

Desired Qualifications*

The most successful applicants will have: 1) previous experience teaching physics courses, and/or 2) evidence of successful teaching.

Additional Information

GSIs and GSI Graders are expected to be on campus and available to work no later than Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the first day of classes. First-time GSIs are required to attend GSI training the last week of August.

Students who are holding a GSI position for the first time in Physics are required to enroll in PHYSICS 993.  If the language of instruction at a student's undergraduate institution was not English, the student must be evaluated by the English Language Institute (ELI) for English proficiency and either pass the GSI-OET or have this test waived by the ELI before they can be eligible for a GSI appointment in Physics.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

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.

Contact Information

Questions should be directed to the Physics Student Services Office at physics.sso@umich.edu.

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.

Decision Making Process

The final employment decisions will be made by the Physics associate chair for undergraduate studies on or around August 25, 2017. All applicants are welcome to request the status of their application at any time by contacting the Physics student services office at physics.sso@umich.edu.

Selection Process

Applicants can expect to hear about initial decisions on or around August 25, 2017. All applicants are welcome to request the status of their application at any time by contacting the Physics student services office at physics.sso@umich.edu.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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