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Education and Outreach Programs Division

Undergraduate Research Aide

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.

Undergraduate Research Aide Appointment

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Application Requirements

  • 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 undergrad@​anl.​gov;
  • School Verification form emailed to undergrad@​anl.​gov;
  • Satisfactory background check;
  • Pass a screening drug test.


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. If travel reimbursement is approved, it will be paid only for students whose permanent and school addresses are more than fifty miles away from Argonne. Travel expenses are reimbursed consistent with the terms detailed in the Laboratory acceptance letter. Travel reimbursement is based on a round-trip from traveler’s trip origin (trip origin to Argonne and Argonne back to trip origin). 

Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route. Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government rate not to exceed the cost of round-trip coach airfare. No per diem or lodging costs will be reimbursed while en route. We will calculate distance according to MapQuest. If the student is traveling to Argonne via air, Argonne must make the travel arrangements. Students will not be reimbursed if they make their own flight arrangements.


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 March 1, 2019. Students in the application pool by March 1, 2019 will be considered for Summer 2019. Students in the application pool after March 1, 2019 will have the choice to select available appointments for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.