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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 includes modules in: 1) sensory neuroscience, 2) behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, and 3) clinical and translational.

Sensory Systems:  Sensory Systems covers common principles related to sensory transduction of various sensory modalities.  Specifically highlighted are visual, auditory and vestibular systems. 

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience:  This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to introduce relevant topics and animal models used in the field. Topics vary from year to year but have included addiction, motivation, learning and memory, fear conditioning, gut-brain axis (microbiome), rhythms, and sex differences; these are often discussed with respect to psychiatric illness.

Translational and Clinical Neuroscience:  This course provides an introduction to neurologic and neuropsychiatric diseases, with an emphasis on disease-based mechanisms and current efforts into therapeutic development. Topics vary from year to year but have included ALS, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Movement Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Brain Tumors.


The GSI is expected to attend all lectures in NS602 modules (6 hours/week for entire semester) and to hold weekly office hours and study/discussion sessions for each of the 3 modules.  Depending on module needs, the GSI may be asked to prepare content for and present discussion sessions and develop problem sets. The GSI will assist in generating and grading exam questions based on the content of all lectures.  The GSI will proctor all written exams.  The GSI will work with the module directors and the Associate Director of the NGP (Sara Aton, Ph.D.) regarding: 1) integration of material within and across modules; and 2) the incorporation of more quantitative and computational methods within these modules and 3) development of critical analysis, writing and presentation skills across all modules.  The GSI will also participate in the selection of papers and creation and evaluation of prelim prep exercises.  

Required Qualifications*

Required prerequisite: successful completion of NS602 or NS614, NS615, and NS616

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and previous graduate coursework in sensory, behavioral, cognitive and translational neuroscience and human neuroanatomy. Significant previous research experience in neuroscience.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous graduate coursework in sensory neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, translational neuroscience and neuroanatomy.  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 (

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

Associate Director and course faculty 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.

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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 , 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.