4.2 Research Appointments

4.2.1 Faculty

Necessary matters regarding faculty research appointments are stipulated in Chapter 3Faculty Handbook”.

4.2.2 Group Leaders

Definitions for Group Leaders are described in “Guidelines for Title and Job Class”. The appointment to Group Leader is “Fixed-term”. Group Leader appointments, unless by exception such as childbirth or illness, or unless appointed as  “Continuing” described below, are limited to 3 years. Extension of appointment beyond 3 years is only possible under extraordinary circumstances and requires approval by the Dean of Faculty Affairs. In rare cases, Group Leaders with evidence of wide external and internal recognition of achievements in research may be appointed as “Continuing”. Continuing appointment must be approved by the Continuing Staff Appointment Committee. In addition, Group Leaders with Continuing appointments will be reviewed by the Continuing Staff Appointment Committee, no less than every five years for promotion and salary adjustments.

4.2.3 Research Specialists

Definitions for research Specialists are described in “Guidelines for Title ans Job Class”. Appointment at the Research Specialist level will require convincing evidence of significant scientific or technical achievements beyond those expected at the Staff Scientist level and/or qualifications not usually found in a University setting. Research Specialist appointments, unless by exception such as childbirth or illness, or unless appointed as  “Continuing” described below, are limited to 3 years. Extension of appointment beyond 3 years is only possible under extraordinary circumstances and requires approval by the Dean of Faculty Affairs. In rare cases, Research Specialists with evidence of wide external and internal recognition of achievements in research may be appointed as “Continuing”. Continuing appointments must be approved by the Continuing Staff Appointment Committee. In addition, Research Specialists with Continuing appointments will be reviewed by the Continuing Staff Appointment Committee, no less than every five years for promotion and salary adjustments.

4.2.4 Staff Scientists

Definitions for Staff Scientists are described in “Guidelines for Title ans Job Class”. Staff Scientists appointments, unless by exception such as childbirth or illness, are restricted to a maximum of three years. At the discretion of the faculty member, the initial appointment may be for 1 or 2 years, with an extension up to a total of 3 years. Extension of appointment beyond 3 years is only possible under extraordinary circumstances and requires approval by the Dean of Faculty Affairs. Continuing Staff Scientist appointments are based on an employment contract that can be renewed with the same terms and conditions for the same term period until the age of 65, unless either party raises the issue of termination of the employment contract at least one month before the end of contract term period.

Continuing appointment or promotion to a higher level is based on documented scientific achievements during their term at the University or on research and professional work performed at other institutions before coming to the University. Performance is measured against scientific productivity, interaction with other scientists, other achievements, and scientifically and technically up-to-date evidence outlined by the employee and confirmed in letters of reference. Measures of performance include publications, collaborations, awards, presented lectures, and participation in professional organizations. Staff Scientists with Continuing appointments will be reviewed by the Continuing Staff Appointment Committee no less than every five years for promotion and salary adjustments.

4.2.5 Postdoctoral Scholars

Definitions for Postdoctral Scholars are described in “Guidelines for Title and Job Class”. Initial appointments may be up to three years, with extensions to a fourth year being possible and to a fifth year only under extreme circumstances. The appointment is “Fixed-term” without renewal, which means that it is a temporary appointment normally for 3 years and cannot exceed 5 years.

4.2.6 Research Unit Technicians

Definitions for Research Unit Technicians are described in “Guidelines for Title and Job Class”. Research Unit Technicians appointments are generally Fixed-term, but may be continued by re-appointment as a “Fixed-term” or converted to a Continuing appointment. Continuing appointments must be approved by the Continuing Staff Appointment Committee.

4.2.7 Dean’s Research Group

The Dean’s Research Group carries out research under the guidance of the Dean of Faculty Affairs, and is used in exceptional circumstances when, for example, there are research staff whose supervisor is no longer capable of supervising them (e.g. is on extended leave)  and where there is no alternative unit or support service which can accommodate them.
Appointment is by the Dean of Faculty Affairs, and requires the support of the Provost and the approval of the President.

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