Our research employees are a valuable part of the university's ability to attract world-class researchers and deliver leading edge researchers. Those in research assistant and research support roles have traditionally been employed directly by Principal Investigators, however as a result of the Research Personnel Initiative (RPI), this group is employed by the university and receives rights and benefits similar to other SFU employee groups.
This site provides information to guide the appointing, supervision and ending of research employees appointments.
For supervisors employing research employees
Find things to consider when planning to employ someone to conduct or support research, steps to follow when appointing, re-appointing, extending or terminating/ ending an appointment, procedures for changing the funding source or correcting previously submitted information, and pointers for how to be in compliance with employment standards while supervising a research employee.
NEW February 2022:
- The Research Personnel Initiative is no longer considered a "project", and although the support for this employee group continues, the formed RPI team will now be referred to as the HR Research People Team (HR RPT).
- Work Study appointments will need to classify role and provide duties to the HR Research People Team as of Summer 2022.
For research Employees
Those conducting and/or supporting research will find information about employment, benefits and access to facilities at SFU within these pages.