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A competitive search is appropriate when a vacancy exists and is advertised to the general population. Qualified applications are invited to apply for a position through a competitive process. It may be internal (for OSU regular employees only), or external (for all interested applicants).
Generally, a competitive search for an unclassified position should remain open for a minimum of 30 calendar days. In rare circumstances, and only with approval from the business center HR manager, a competitive search can be “accelerated.” An accelerated search is one that occurs for 13 days or less.
A non-competitive search is one that does not solicit applicants to compete for the vacant position. This is also referred to as a waiver to a regular competitive search process.
Detailed instructions on how to request a waiver of search for an unclassified position
|Appointment Type||Non-Competitive Search Possible?|
|Academic Teaching/Research Faculty||Yes, with approved waiver of search|
|Administrative/Professional Faculty||Yes, with approved waiver of search|
|Academic Wage/Short Term||Yes; this requires submission of an Establish and Fill Action through the online system|
|Clinical Fellow||Yes, with approved waiver of search|
|Research Associate (Post Doc)||Yes, with approved waiver of search|
|Temporary Staff||Yes; this requires submission of an Establish and Fill Action through the online system|