Indefinite Appointments


Except for project appointments, all appointments in the non-tenure Scientist track prior to awarding of a continuing appointment are indefinite appointments. In the event of termination for other than cause, at least three month’s notice should be given and termination should not take place during the first year of appointment.

Scientists who have indefinite appointments and progress through the ranks of Assistant Scientist, Associate Scientist, and Scientist may ultimately receive a continuing appointment. A member of the Scientist track can expect to spend at least three years as an Assistant Scientist and at least three years as an Associate Scientist before promotion to Scientist. However, promotions are based solely on merit due to outstanding performance and not on the length of time at any given rank, because there is no fixed term at any rank.