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Conditions of the Appointment

  • Appointments for postgraduates and established scientists are normally one year, and can be extended for up to four additional years. Student and faculty appointments are normally for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer; however, appointments during the academic year can also be available. 
  • Participants will not be expected to perform activities that are reserved for federal employees; to supervise, mentor, hire or fire anyone; have budget, program management, or signature authority; carry an official job title; or function in any way as a representative of the federal government.
  • Participants will become administratively associated with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through a letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment. Participants will be required to sign and abide by the appointment letter, the Terms of Appointment, and other documents required by ARS.
  • Participants will be considered participants in an education program and will not enter into an employer/employee relationship with USDA, ARS, ORISE, ORAU or any other agency. No commitment with regards to future employment should be inferred or expected by the offer or acceptance of an appointment.
  • Full-time participants will be required to commit to continuous resident participation for the duration of the appointment and to avoid obligations that will interrupt their research during the term of appointment. These participants will be expected to maintain a full-time schedule during the appointment except for normal holidays recognized by the host facility and occasional absences approved by mentor.
  • Part-time participants are expected to commit approximately 20 hours per week to research activities carried out in support of their appointment and to avoid obligations that will interrupt their research during the term of appointment. These participants will be expected to maintain their part-time schedule during the appointment except for normal holidays recognized by the host facility and occasional absences approved by mentor.
  • Participants will be expected to adhere to the research facilities laws, policies, and procedures, including standards of competency, conduct, appearance, and integrity.
  • Appointments are contingent on the participant’s receipt of the necessary security clearance to access assigned research facilities.
  • Participants are required to have health insurance on the first day of the appointment and throughout the duration of the program. Participants may not be present at ARS facilities if their insurance coverage lapses.