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Research Assistant

Assists Ryerson principal investigators by carrying out research-related tasks associated with research projects or activities (e.g., conduct literature reviews, collect and analyze data, etc.).

Research assistant decision tree

Please refer to the following decision tree in order to determine which employee group is appropriate.

Research assistant decision tree

A research assistant is an individual hired to assist Ryerson principal investigators by carrying out tasks associated with research projects or activities. Is the research assistant a student? If no, the research assistant is hired as OPSEU. If yes, is the source of funding OWSP or other special employment program? If yes, the research assistant is hired as work study. If no, what is the academic term? If the term is fall/winder the research assistant is hired as OPSEU, if the term is summer the research assistant is hired as non-union casual.

Employee group Work Study Non-Union
(summer students only)
OPSEU
Hiring approvals PI plus one level above PI and ORS, if research account PI plus one level above PI and ORS if research account PI plus one level above PI and ORS if research account
Hours of work As per applicable Work Study program Up to 36.25 hours per week Up to 36.25 hours per week
Hiring method
PIs process the hire through eAppoint. PIs may delegate this task to RASOs by completing the PDF fileResearch Hiring Form PIs process the hire through eAppoint. PIs may delegate this task to RASOs by completing the PDF fileResearch Hiring Form PIs process the hire through eAppoint. PIs may delegate this task to RASOs by completing the PDF fileResearch Hiring Form
Funding source Departmental operating budget and/or funded research Departmental operating budget and/or funded research Departmental operating budget and/or funded research
Benefits No health and dental benefits No health and dental benefits No health and dental benefits
Minimum salary As per applicable Work Study program Pay grade for NUC Grade 2 minimum of OPSEU pay scale or greater
Vacation Additional 4% of gross pay Additional 4% of gross pay Additional 6% of gross pay, 8% after 1885 hours
Additional cost of employment (statutory benefits;  EI, CPP, etc.) Additional 8% of gross pay

To determine total salary including vacation and additional costs, use the Research Salary Estimator.
Additional 9% of gross pay

To determine total salary including vacation and additional costs, use the Research Salary Estimator.
Additional 9% of gross pay

To determine total salary including vacation and additional costs, use the Research Salary Estimator.
Offer letters google docWork Study conditional offer, external link google docNon-union casual research assistant offer letter template, external link google docOPSEU research assistant offer letter template, external link