Argonne National Laboratory

Undergraduate Research Aide Appointment
"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science."-Edwin Powell

As an Argonne Research Aide, college and university students work alongside scientific and engineering staff, providing technical assistance. Rather than designing their own research programs, students are assigned specific technical tasks.

As temporary employees, students earn a salary and are expected to possess the skills required to do the assigned task when they arrive. Understanding the scientific basis for the work is generally not emphasized. Unlike research internships, research aide appointments are considered jobs.

Temporary employment opportunities become available throughout the year as new projects and funding become available. Applicants for these open positions are selected from the current Research Aide applicant pool. If interested in this program, please submit your application to the pool for review.


Research Aides receive a salary and under certain conditions, travel reimbursement. Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student. Travel will only be paid for students whose permanent addresses are more than fifty miles away from Argonne. Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route, current government mileage rate or lowest commercial airfare (if travel by air). Travel must be arranged by Argonne to receive any reimbursement.


Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing.


Fall and Spring appointments are rolling and students are selected from the current application pool.

Summer appointments tend to be the most desired and therefore have an application deadline of February 1, 2018. Students in the application pool by February 1, 2018 will be considered for Summer 2018. Students in the application pool after February 1, 2018 will have the choice to select available appointments for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.


  • 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins;
  • Cumulative minimum grade point average 2.8 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to;
  • School Verification form emailed to;
  • Satisfactory background check;
  • Pass a screening drug test which Argonne pays for.

Please note: Use of marijuana/cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states in the United States and is legally used recreationally in some other countries. Having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites such as Argonne National Laboratory.

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