GSI Winter 2024

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How to Apply

Please upload the following in ONE document: 1) cover letter describing your interest in the GSI position, the maximum level of appointment you are seeking (.25, .35, or .50), and a brief summary of your physics background; 2) CV or resume.

Course Description

This posting applies to open positions in Physics undergraduate courses for Winter 2024:

Physics 141: Elementary Lab I
Physics 241: Elementary Lab II
Physics 151: Physics for Life Sciences Lab I
Physics 251: Physics for Life Sciences Lab II
Physics 161: Honors Intro Mechanics Lab
Physics 261: Honors Electricity and Magnetism Lab

GSIs for Physics lab sections must also attend a required weekly meeting from 11:55 am to 1:00 pm on Mondays.

Other courses may also be available based on the needs of the department.


GSI duties vary by course, but may include teaching discussion or lab sections, helping prepare course lectures and other class materials, grading student assessments, holding office hours, and regular GSI meetings. Candidates should expect to perform these duties in-person. Specific tasks and duties for each position will be outlined in the fraction calculation form.

***All first time GSIs (those who have not previously taught at the University of Michigan) will be required to attend CRLT's Teaching Orientation as a term of their employment. ***

Required Qualifications*

  • Must be currently enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at the University of Michigan
  • Possess the ability to effectively teach and evaluate undergraduate students
  • Possess broad knowledge of varied aspects of physics
  • To be appointed as a GSI or GSSA, a graduate student must also be registered for not less than six (6) credit hours during the semester of their employment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in the classroom
  • Previous GSI experience with favorable student evaluations
  • Previous GSI experience in Physics courses
  • For international students, a passing score on the OET or an OET waiver
  • LSA student enrolled in a graduate program

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

Physics Student Services Office:

Application Deadline

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

Last year approximately 31 students applied for these positions (not exactly the same positions).

Decision Making Process

Applications are reviewed and positions are assigned by the Physics Student Services Office.

Selection Process

The Physics Student Services Office will review applications that include all required materials. Selected candidates will be contacted to complete the second part of the application.

The number of GSIs hired will depend on enrollment in the courses listed above.

Criteria for GSI Selection: Enrollment demand, GSI stated preference, relevant experience, previous teaching experience in the Physics department.

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 and for the University Ombuds at

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.