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Guest, Visiting Associate, Visitor Descriptions

Guest Appointment – A Guest has no formal appointment or contract with Caltech, is not on the Caltech payroll and is not volunteering services to the Institute, but is on campus as a "guest" of an Institute Department or Division for a predetermined length of time up to a two-year maximum. Although Guest usually identifies individuals who are conducting short-term projects or collaborating with Institute employees on research, this term may also include closely-allied ancillary groups needing campus access. An individual may not be a guest at the Institute in the same capacity in which they were employed at the Institute, or which is essentially similar to the individual's regular work at the Institute. Guests should not displace regular employees or duties that a paid employee would otherwise perform.

Visiting Associate – Appointments are made on a full or part-time basis with or without stipend. Visiting Associates are required to spend at least 30 days a year or more on the Caltech campus. The sponsor is responsible for making the appointee's visit to the institute mutually beneficial and interacting with the appointee through regular on-campus meetings and communications. The appointee's credentials must be such that would qualify them for Caltech voting faculty membership (not postdoctoral scholars or visiting graduate students) The appointee must hold a faculty position or its equivalent outside Caltech, which he/she retains simultaneously with the Caltech appointment and to which he/she can return upon completion of the Caltech appointment. This appointment must not be allowed to become an independent or quasi-independent research position at Caltech. If an international visitor requires a J1 visa, their salary must be above $40k or host will need to supplement to bring their salary up to $40k (for J1 visa purposes only).

Visitor - Visitors are not considered to be members of the faculty. Appointments are made on a full- or part-time basis, with or without stipend. This position must not be considered a pathway to permanent employment. An appointment must be proposed by an active professorial faculty sponsor/host. The sponsor/host is responsible for making the appointee's visit to the Institute mutually beneficial and interacting with the appointee through regular on-campus meetings and communications. Appointee must clearly understand the voluntary and/or temporary nature of their Caltech affiliation and have a position elsewhere. NOTE: Appointees are not permitted to be principal investigators or co-investigators on sponsored research grants and contracts.