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Job Summary

There is a need for a Graduate Student Instructor in LHS 712: Natural Language Processing on Health Data for Winter 2021. The Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) will be a key member of the instructional team for LHS 712, working closely with the instructor. 

Course Description

Students in this course will learn advanced techniques to parse and collate information from text-rich health documents such as electronic health records, clinical notes, and peer-reviewed medical literature. In this elective, students will be able to delve deeper into challenges in recognizing medical entities in text documents, extracting clinical information, addressing ambiguity and polysemy, and building searchable interfaces to efficiently and effectively query and retrieve relevant patient data. Students will develop tools and techniques to analyze new genres of health information, and build resources to help in these tasks. Students will also participate in a semester-long project on addressing specific natural language processing challenges in real-life health data sets.

Class Schedule: 

  • Synchronous meeting: Mondays, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, will meet remotely on Zoom
  • Class sessions run weekly from January 25th to April 20th, with a project presentation session on Monday, April 27th, 1:00 – 4:00pm.



  • Co-teach 1-2 sessions as directed by the instructor. 
  • Attend all synchronous class sessions, and manage chat and Q&A sessions with the instructor.
  • Hold office hours, one-on-one sessions, or small group discussions with students.
  • Assist students with assignment-related technical issues with software packages, how to install them, etc. 
  • Grade reading summaries every week, and 3-4 assignments through the term with rubric set by the instructor.
  • Assist with maintaining course website and media content. Help students with CANVAS, course set-up, access to course materials, and organization of materials, etc.
  • Handle administrative and instructional technical issues 
  • Answer emails and questions related to GSI duties above


Note: The statements included in this description document reflect the general nature and level of work for this role and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Must be enrolled and in good standing in an academic program at the University of Michigan
  • Proficient in Python and working with Jupyter notebooks. Additional proficiency in R and/or Java/C++ desired, but not required.
  • Prior experience working with health data and/or text processing

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior university-level teaching experience
  • Prior university student mentoring or student tutoring experience

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

Vinod Vydiswaran (

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

The Course Instructor will make the hiring decision by early December. 


Selection Process

Applications are reviewed, and decisions made, based on each applicant's knowledge, experience, and past teaching record.  Preferential consideration will be given to applicants in PhD programs at the University of Michigan where their research as a direct focus with the content of this course. 



GEO Contract Information

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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.

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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