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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) neuropharmacology, 2) neural development, and 3)neurophysiology.

  • Neuropharmacology: covers pharmacokinetics, pharmodynamics, Glutamate signaling, GABA signaling, Acetylcholine signaling, dopaminergic, adrenergic and serotonergic neurotransmission, Opioid Systems,Neuropeptides and a number of other topics.
  • Neural Development: covers neurogenesis, neuronal activity and critical periods; axon growth; degeneration and regeneration; synaptogenesis; neurotrophic factors and other topics.
  • Neurophysiology, Circuits and Computational Neuroscience: covers basic neurophysiology and network activity and computational modeling of neurons and neuronal networks in multiple brain regions.

Responsibilities*

The GSI is expected to attend all lectures in NS601 modules (6 hours/week for entire semester) and to hold weekly office hours and study/discussion sessions for each of the 3 modules. The GSI will prepare all content for and present discussion sessions, develop problem sets, and 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 NGP Associate Director for Curriculum 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 in the modules.

Required Qualifications*

  • Required prerequisite: successful completion of NS601 or NS611, NS612, and NS613
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and previous graduate coursework in neurophysiology, circuits and computational neuroscience, neural development, neuropharmacology, and human neuroanatomy.
  • Significant previous research experience in neuroscience.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous graduate coursework in neurophysiology, circuits and computational neuroscience, neural development, neuropharmacology, and neuroanatomy. Previous research experience in neuroscience.

Contact Information

Dr. Audrey Seasholtz (aseashol@umich.edu) or Valerie Smith (vssj@umich.edu)

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 qualified graduate students.

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 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.