GSI Positions

GSI positions are available in the following courses:

Typical Fall Schedule

CHE 230. Introduction to Material and Energy Balances
CHE 342. Mass and Heat Transfer
CHE 343. Separation Processes
CHE 344. Reaction Engineering and Design
CHE 360. Undergraduate Lab I
CHE 460. Undergraduate Lab II
CHE 466. Process Dynamics and Control
CHE 487. Process Simulation and Design (plus Aspen)
CHE 488. Chemical Product Design I
CHE 505. Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers
CHE 527. Fluid Flow
CHE 538. Statistical and Irreversible Thermodynamics

Typical Winter Schedule

CHE 330. Thermodynamics
CHE 341. Fluid Mechanics
CHE 344. Reaction Engineering and Design
CHE 360. Undergraduate Lab I
CHE 460. Undergraduate Lab II
CHE 487. Process Simulation and Design (plus Aspen)
CHE 489. Chemical Product Design
CHE 528. Reaction Engineering
CHE 542. Transport Phenomena

GSI positions may be available in additional courses and will be included in the call for applications.

Application procedure:

Applicants should submit the online application indicating their top three course choices, experience and/or reason for GSI-ing in a particular course and send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Susan Hamlin at [email protected]Application deadline is May 31 (Fall term) and October 13 (Winter term).

Online GSI Application

Minimum qualifications: At least one and preferably two of the following,

  1. undergraduate degree in chemical engineering
  2. one year in chemical engineering graduate studies

Selection criteria will include (in addition to the above):

Academic performance, teaching or taking the same or similar course, previous performance as a GSI, fluency in written and oral English, interview with instructor, number of years as a graduate student. GSIs must be able to work through the end-of-term grading period. Qualified candidates may be interviewed by the faculty. The department will make selections based upon the above criteria.

Selection decisions for Winter term courses will be completed by July 30 (Fall) and November 15 (Winter).

General description of duties:

Lecture courses: teaching a discussion session, grading assignments, holding office hours
Lab courses: supervise laboratory section, grading assignments, holding office hours

Appointments will range between a 25% (10 hours/week) to 50% (20 hours/week). In addition, GSIs will receive full health benefits and tuition.

New GSIs are required to attend training courses offered by CRLT and the College of Engineering and a Chemical Engineering Department GSI workshop, which are held in late August/early September and early January. New GSIs must attend one ongoing professional development activity.  GSIs must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Prospective graduate student instructors at the University of Michigan whose undergraduate education was at an institution in which the language of instruction is not English are required to pass the Graduate Student Instructor Oral English Test (GSI OET). Details are available here.  Contact Susan Hamlin at [email protected] to arrange this test.

GSI class size

In non-lab courses, the ratio is 25% GSI to max 60 students, except for ChE 466 and core graduate level courses, the ratio is 25% GSI to max 90 students. In lab courses, the ratio is 25% GSI to max 15 students.

Contact Ms. Susan Hamlin in NCRC-B28, Room G040, or phone 734 763-1148 if you have any questions.

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.

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 X of your employment contract.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings. Upon request, any applicant denied employment will receive, within fourteen (14) calendar days, a written explanation of the reasons for denial of employment. An applicant denied employment may request an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time. In the event an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agent(s).