Visiting Researchers are individuals who are on an approved leave from their home institution. The home institution does not need to be a university or college, nor does the individual have to be a faculty member of any institution. The approved leave is confirmed in a letter from the home institution that provides the dates of the leave, full salary of the individual, and what, if any, portion of the salary will be paid by the home institution during the leave. A letter is not required for a faculty member from outside the University of California system who is at the Laboratory for the summer intersession only. If the stay continues into the fall term, a letter is required.
The duration of the appointment will be between three and 12 months at 100% time. The initial appointment is not to exceed one year. The total length of consecutive service must not exceed two years. If the appointment extends into a second year, and was not included in the initial letter, a new letter of confirmation is required from the home institution.
While recruitment is not required, if a Visiting Researcher is later considered for a change of status to a corresponding appointment as a term or career appointee, the change of status will be treated as a new appointment subject to the usual recruitment policies.