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

The Research Aide program offers temporary employment opportunities to college/university students to provide the opportunity to apply technical knowledge and skills while assisting Argonne scientific and engineering staff on key mission science projects.


Temporary employees are assigned specific technical tasks determined by their division, they 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 temporary employee's work is generally not emphasized. The maximum time allowable on a Research Aide appointment is 5 1/2 months.

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 Aide recieve a salary and travel reimbursement. Salaries are determined by the field of study and acamedic status of the applicant. A travel allowance is provided to applicants whose permanent address is more than fifty miles away from Argonne. All air travel will be arranged by Argonne.


Students are responsible for funding and locating their own housing during their appointment.


Fall and Spring appointments are rolling and students are selected from the current application pool. Summer appoinments tend to be the most desired and therefore have an application deadline of Feburary 1, 2016. Students in the application pool by February 1, 2016 will be considered for Summer 2016. Students in the application pool after February 1, 2016 will have the choice to select available appointments for Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.


  • Be 18 years of age at the start of the appointment
  • Cumulative minimum grade point average 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Satisfactory background check 
  • Pass a screening drug test

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