Argonne is dedicated to hiring, developing and retaining top-quality staff. The laboratory offers job stability, advancement, outstanding benefits and the opportunity to contribute to research that addresses the nation’s major R&D challenges and advances the frontiers of science and technology.
The laboratory is committed to nurturing and developing talent. More than 1,500 college graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from some 190 U.S. universities gain valuable experience every year as part of our daily R&D activities. The Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program, one of many educational opportunities available to employees, develops future research leaders who are well versed in strategic thinking.
Argonne strongly encourages its employees to balance work, home and community activities. The laboratory’s lengthy list of benefits includes an on-site child care center, a credit union, flexible work schedules and generous leave and vacation programs. A wide variety of social clubs such as the Hispanic Latino Club, the Arts and Crafts Club, Engineering Golf League, Running Club, Chinese Association, Choral Group and Chess Club promote fellowship and diversity at Argonne.
Argonne employees support local and national nonprofit health and welfare agencies and have contributed more than $4.5 million in the past five years through the Argonne Combined Appeal.
The laboratory’s pollution prevention programs and sustainability efforts have saved Argonne and taxpayers millions of dollars since 1996 by diverting waste from landfills, conserving energy, improving indoor air quality and reducing operating costs. Argonne’s land management program protects its natural habitats of tall grass prairie, oak savanna, oak forest and wetland areas, which clean the air and water, reduce flooding and enhance the site’s aesthetics.
Located 25 miles southwest of Chicago in DuPage County, Illinois, Argonne occupies 1,500 wooded acres surrounded by the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Numerous biking and hiking trails are available throughout the laboratory and the forest preserve.
Argonne’s surrounding communities offer diverse, attractive housing choices. The Chicago area boasts top-rated schools and universities and a superior transportation network of interstate highways, rail and bus lines. The laboratory’s campus is about half an hour by freeway from two major international airports, O’Hare and Midway.
Argonne’s proximity to Chicago offers employees world-class museums, a diverse theater scene, major music and dance companies, the fabulous lakefront, boating and fishing, premier shopping and fashion, distinct and culturally diverse neighborhoods, more than 7,300 places to eat and drink, and sports teams in all major professional leagues and more than 100 college teams.
As an employer of choice, Argonne provides a generous benefit program. Information is available in the following brochures.
- For Regular Employees—20 or more hours per week
- For Term Appointments in Reg. Job Class—over 6 months
- For Temporary Job Classifications—at least 6 months term and 20 hours/week
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