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Please submit the following application materials as one .PDF document by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: 

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  1. a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position
  2. a resume or curriculum vita
  3. copy of the undergraduate and graduate transcript (unofficial is fine)
  4. teaching history (list course and department)
  5. any available teaching evaluations

Name the .PDF file as follows: last name.first name.course number. For example: Doe.John.Environ423.

Verify your own course schedule against the schedule for the course to which you are applying as a GSI. All GSIs are required to attend the lecture and discussion times as posted.    

Course Description

This laboratory provides an introduction to fish biology emphasizing the diversity of major groups of world fishes and Michigan fish diversity in a phylogenetic context. The lab links basic morphology to function and how it relates to fish ecology and evolution. The lab will also introduce basic field methods in fish biology and illustrate some modern methods to discover fish diversity and monitor fisheries sustainability.

Responsibilities*

  • Instruct lab and develop lab materials in collaboration with the faculty instructor
  • The GSI will be expected to attend lectures, and to help students integrate the conceptual material in the lecture with the field and lab experience
  • Help in all field trips and advance prep for field trips
  • Provide office hours to aid student progress in lecture and lab
  • Attend all lectures

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicant must be familiar with basic fish anatomy, biology and diversity. Field experience is desirable but not required.
  • Position requires transporting students to multiple field trips for the course.
  • CPR/First Aid Training (required for all lab and field courses)
  • Competence with MS Word and Excel required. 
  • Experience with DNA extraction, PCR and Sanger sequencing lab protocols (to obtain barcode sequences) is required. Familiarity with Genbank and basic competence with DNA sequence manipulation is a plus.
  • Applicant must be in good standing as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. If the language of instruction at a students undergraduate institution was not English, they 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 LS&A.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior completion of Environ 423 or equivalent is preferred.
  • Completed courses in comparative vertebrate morphology and anatomy, systematics, fish biology, fish ecology, ichthyology, comparative physiology, and fish physiology.
  • Familiarity with Genbank and basic competence with DNA sequence manipulation is a plus
  • Field experience is desired

Contact Information

If you have questions about how to apply for the position please email alexacs@umich.edu

Decision Making Process

Faculty review applications for positions in their courses and indicate their ranked preferences. They are also asked to indicate whether they regard any applicants as unqualified and why.

Selection Process

Instructors have access to their position description and selection criteria along with the applications for their course(s). Instructors review their applications and rank the candidates for each position. In addition to ranking the qualified applicants, instructors may identify applicants as unqualified for the position.

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.