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Researcher and Research Support Screening

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  • In compliance with Florida Statute 1010.35, all candidates for researcher and research support positions are required to undergo additional screening. This screening will be conducted in collaboration between UF Human Resources and UF Research Integrity, Security and Compliance (RISC).

    Researcher and research support positions are defined as “any UF person who directs or conducts research or creates research materials or receives training in the conduct of research or a person who collects, manipulates, manages or controls access to research data or research activities or other sensitive data. These positions may involve external oversight for conducting activities, however the source of funds does not dictate the coding of researcher or research support positions. These positions can include scholarly activities.” Follow the link below to find a current listing of these positions. 

    Current Research & Research Support Positions

    Additionally, temporary or OPS positions (except for OPS students) that perform research-related duties (e.g. OPS Laboratory Technician) are also required to undergo the screening process. These positions are typically categorized as OPS-Sponsored Project Non-Clerical.

    If you have a position that is not listed here but will engage in a research in a manner as described above, then please consult with Talent Acquisition and Onboarding by emailing talent@hr.ufl.edu to determine if your position requires to go through the screening.


    Screening Procedures

    There are different screening procedures depending on how the position was hired. See the menus below for more details.

    Screening a Candidate from Careers at UF (PageUP)

    An invitation email will be automatically sent to the final candidate through Careers at UF (PageUp) when the candidate is assigned with the application status of “Request Clearance for Researcher Hire” in Careers at UF (PageUp). The candidate will be asked to log into Careers at UF (PageUp) to complete a questionnaire. The hiring department will be notified via Careers at UF when the review is complete.

    If you do not see the option to move the candidate to the status of “Request Clearance for Researcher Hire”, please contact Talent Acquisition and Onboarding by emailing talent@hr.ufl.edu.

    Best practice for the hiring department is to notify the candidate about the email for the screening and follow up with the candidate within 3 to 5 days post email if the candidate’s status remains unchanged.

    Screening a Candidate from Interfolio

    For faculty candidates who had originally applied in Interfolio, the hiring department will need to provide the following information to the candidate when they are being considered for a researcher or research support position.

    Best practice for the hiring department is to follow up with the candidate 3-5 days after the email was sent, if a response has not been received from Talent Acquisition and Onboarding.

    A sample invitation email, including instructions, can be found by following the link below.

    Download Sample Email (Interfolio)

    Screening Direct Hires

    When hiring an employee (usually temporary or OPS) for a researcher or research support position outside of Careers at UF (e.g. OPS employees), the hiring department will need to provide the following link and information to the employee in order for the employee to go through the screening process.

    Best practice for the hiring department is to follow up with the candidate 3-5 days after the email was sent, if a response has not been received from Talent Acquisition and Onboarding.

    A sample invitation email, including instructions, can be found by following the link below.

    Download Sample Email (Direct Hires)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the DS-160 and the upload procedure?

    The researcher/research support screening questionnaire asks the candidate if they have a copy of a DS-160, also known as the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. In accordance with Florida Statute 1010.35, one of the following uploads is required (if applicable):

    • A complete copy of the candidate’s most recent Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)
    • A partial copy of the candidate’s DS-160 that includes the following sections: Personal Information; Passport Information; Present Work/Education/Training Information; Previous Work/Education/Training Information; Additional Work/Education/Training Information; SEVIS Information (if applicable)

    More information regarding the DS-160 form may be found at Online Non-Immigrant Visa Application.

    Candidates will only be required to upload the DS-160 if they answer “yes”, and have the document readily available. Candidates will be directed to a web form outside of PageUp to complete the upload. This allows for more secure collection of the document. Candidates will also be asked to provide their first and last name, email address, the title of the job posting, and the job requisition number.

    How is research defined under this policy?
    The design, conduct, performance, application or reporting of a systematic study directed toward furthering general or scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied; or systematic use of knowledge and understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design and development of prototypes and processes; or the training of individuals in the same.
    Do reclassifications or updates to position descriptions trigger the screening process?
    No, reclassifications or updates to position descriptions do not trigger the screening process.
    Does informal, job-related (e.g. market) research classify an applicant as a researcher or research support position?
    No, informal market research for the purposes of daily operations, in and of itself, does not classify an applicant as a researcher or research support position.
    If research does not involve peer-review or publication, can it still trigger the screening process?
    Yes, even if research does not involve peer-review or publication, it can still trigger the screening process, as it is not limited to this exception.
    Can extension include researcher or research support positions?
    Yes, extension can include researcher or research support positions.
    If an applicant does not meet the definition of a researcher or research support position, but they are supervised by someone who does meet the definition of a researcher or research support position, will this trigger the screening process?
    No, the researcher or research support position screening is for the consideration of the applicant’s duties only and does not consider the duties of their supervisor.
    If a postdoctoral associate is hired and subsequently needs a J-1 visa, will they have to undergo screening through the International Scholars and International Visitors Portal as well?
    No, generally the postdoctoral associate will only need to go through the researcher and research support screening process. UF RISC will provide the required documentation to HR for all postdoctoral associates if it is later determined the postdoctoral associate needs a J-1 visa. In the event UF RISC does not issue the required documentation to HR, please reach out to international@research.ufl.edu and they will send you the documentation directly. Only under very unique circumstances will the postdoctoral associate have to undergo screening through the International Scholars and International Visitors Portal after researcher and research support screening process. In these instances, UF RISC will notify the departmental personnel of this requirement.
    Are Student Assistants and Graduate Assistants included in the researcher and research support screening process?
    No, Student Assistant and Graduate Assistant positions are not included in the researcher and research support screening process. Student Assistants and Graduate Assistants will be required to undergo the screening process when moving to positions that are included in the researcher and research screening process.

    Need additional support?

    For additional information or further assistance, please contact Talent Acquisition and Onboarding by emailing talent@hr.ufl.edu.