Fermilab to launch new scientist emeritus policy

Scientists who retire from Fermilab can soon apply to be considered for scientist emeritus, a status of honor granted in recognition of the scientist’s contributions to the laboratory over his or her career.

The new status is a result of the most recent Fermi Research Alliance, LLC Board of Directors meeting. It is reserved for scientists who are retiring from the laboratory. The FRA board will approve all scientist emeritus appointments.

Retired scientists with emeritus status will receive an invitation to continue scientific connections with the laboratory. Scientists with emeritus status will belong to a division or center and may receive Fermilab resources as appropriate.

To initiate the appointment process, scientists must discuss emeritus status with their division or section head, who may then recommend the status to the Directorate. The Directorate may then recommend the appointment to the board, summarizing the candidate’s career accomplishments and major contributions to the laboratory.

Fermilab is working to formalize this process. More details will be publicized as they become available.