Graduate Student Instructor LHS 712

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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.


There is a need for a Graduate Student Instructor in LHS 712: Natural Language Processing on Health Data for Winter 2024. The Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) will be a key member of the instructional team for LHS 712, working closely with the instructor.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings

Course Description

LHS 712 Natural Language Processing on Health Data

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 course, students will delve deeper into challenges in recognizing medical entities in text documents, extracting clinical information, and medical terminology resources . Students will develop tools and techniques ranging from pattern-based to neural networks -- to analyze multiple 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.

Synchronous meeting: Mondays, 1:00pm - 3:50pm

Class sessions run weekly from January 22nd to April 22nd, with a project presentation session on Monday, April 29th, 1:00 - 5:00pm.


  • 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, installation, coding troubleshooting,, etc.
  • Grade reading summaries every week, and 3-4 assignments and exams through the term with a 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*

  • Proficient in Python and working with Jupyter notebooks
  • Prior experience working with health data and/or text processing
  • Good standing in an academic program at the University of Michigan

Desired Qualifications*

  • Additional proficiency in R and/or Java/C++
  • Prior university-level teaching experience
  • Prior university student mentoring or student tutoring experience

Work Locations

Ann Arbor

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

V.G. 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 decision will be made by the instructor in consultation with the Graduate Chair. Decisions to be made by no later than December 20, 2023.

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 is related to the content of this course.

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.

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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