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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Course Description

This course coves key structural aspects of the human brain with an emphasis on function. We will make heavy use of clinical case studies in small working groups to uncover how and why symptoms linked to neurological disorders exist. For these case studies, three-dimensional visualization tools and hands-on examination through dissections of postmortem brains will be used to highlight the elegant anatomical relationships of sensory, motor, emotional, and cognitive systems. 

Responsibilities*

The GSI is expected to attend all lectures and hold weekly office hours and study sessions on an as-needed basis.  The GSI is not expected to be as expert as the faculty but should be able to answer most student questions regarding the subject matter.  The GSI is expected to generate quiz questions and work with the course instructor on exam questions, based on the content of lectures.  The GSI is expected to proctor and grade all quizzes and exams.

Beyond this, the GSI is expected to: (1) design goals for and execute weekly laboratory sessions in conjunction with course director (including a clinical case study to reinforce key concepts), (2) set up and put away all laboratory materials, (3) instruct students during laboratory to insure that they successfully accomplish goals and (4) develop, set up, clean up, and grade laboratory practical exams (likely two during the semester). 

NOTE:  We anticipate two laboratory sessions per week in order to accommodate roughly half the class on a given day. This may be modified based on the method of delivery (e.g. hybrid, online, in person).

Required Qualifications*

Required prerequisite: successful completion of NS570 or similar graduate coursework in human neuroanatomy.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Significant previous research experience in neuroscience

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Contact Information

Dr. Sara Aton (saton@umich.edu)

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Course Director will review all applications, note all highly qualified applicants, identify unqualified applicants, and conduct interviews as needed.

Selection Process

Preference will be given to highly qualified eligible Neuroscience graduate students, followed by other graduate students who are also qualified.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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 for Institutional Equity may be found at oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at ombuds.umich.edu/


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 their preferred assignment, they 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.


Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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