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Human Resources

The appointment process of personnel to support research at PHSA's various programs is complex. There are HR advisors at each of PHSA's research sites who can provide guidance and support to help you hire personnel.

The people you hire may include PHSA employees, university employees or non‐employees (i.e., students or independent contractors). In addition, personnel may be funded in different ways, such as through core funds, grant funds, contracts, scholarships, fellowships, salary awards, and stipends. They may hold permanent, temporary, or casual status due to the nature of research funding. 

Depending on where your research funding is held and administered, you may choose to hire your research personnel through your university (e.g. the University of British Columbia) or through PHSA. 

If you will be hiring through the University of British Columbia, please refer to the UBC Human Resources website.

If you will be hiring through PHSA, there are a number of resources* to assist you. The following table provides an overview of hiring research personnel through PHSA:

If your hiring plan includes: Refer to: Seek guidance from:
Grant-funded non-contract research roles (e.g. research assistants, research associates, research engineers, research programmers, study administrative assistants, and staff scientists)

PHSA Compensation & Classification
Research Management and Administration (excluding BC Children's Hospital Research Institute)HEABC Compensation Reference PlanPHSA Compensation & Classification
Union employee Applicable collective agreement*
(HEU and HAS)
PHSA HR Consulting Services/ Compensation & Classification
Research Student/TraineePHSA Research Student & Trainee Definitions and Guidelines*
PHSA HR Consulting Services
Independent ContractorPHSA Policy HR003: Hiring Independent Contractor
Supply Chain & Procurement

*Internal documents on PHSA POD (password protected)

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