The appointment of a visitor to the Observatory can be initiated by a request (supporting memo, dates of stay and c.v.) to the Director by any member of the research staff. Visitors are appointed according to the corresponding rank they hold at their home institute and begin at the level of an Associate Research Scientist.
Those who will not receive the equivalent of full-time monetary support (according to the current FY salary guidelines for Officers of Research) during their stay may be appointed as a visitor in a part-time capacity. Affirmative Action clearance is not required, however, approval from the Director is required and forwarded to the Personnel Office, which will relay the necessary materials to the appropriate University office that will authorize the appointment status.
Those individuals who will receive compensation equivalent to the current FY salary guidelines for Officers of Research (full-time monetary support) are required to seek Affirmative Action clearance in the form of a waiver (submission of Form II, including a letter that explains why a full search was not conducted and how the nominee was identified). This appointment in turn carries all rights and benefits afforded to a full time appointment status. Submission of the required Affirmative Action forms to the Director's Office is required.
Individuals who will be performing their own research are eligible for the designation of visiting scholar or visiting scientist, which are courtesy titles and do not signify a formal association with the University. The individual must hold, at the minimum, a Bachelor's Degree or the foreign equivalent. Completion of an "Application for Visiting Scholar/Scientist Designation" and a VISA application (if needed), can be secured through the Personnel Office. The Personnel Office will forward the necessary materials to the appropriate University office that will authorize the Visiting Scholar designation status. Individuals who secure this type of designation may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for contracts and grants and may not represent themselves in their publications and correspondence as having a University affiliation.