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Human Resources Division

Work-Life Balance

Balancing work and life means prioritizing what is important to you. Argonne supports employees who want to coordinate work, home and community activities.

Lab-provided benefits that help you balance work and life include on-site child care, credit union, flexible work schedules, generous leave and vacation programs, and much more. A wide variety of social clubs at Argonne promote fellowship and diversity. You can work at Argonne and also have a life of interest and fulfillment.

Here are just some of the ways that Argonne helps you maintain your balance:

Flexible Work Options
Health and Fitness
Parental and Family Support
  • Adoption assistance
  • On-site childcare 
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account which allows you to contribute up to $5,000 pre-tax dollars per calendar year to cover the cost of child or elder daycare.
  • Parental leave and school visitation leave
  • Fifty percent dependent child tuition remission for UChicago Lab School and undergraduate studies
  • Nursing/Lactation Rooms
  • Employee Assistance Program

Personal and Professional Growth
  • Unpaid entrepreneurial leave that enables the pursuit of entrepreneurial activities using laboratory intellectual property
  • Unpaid sabbatical leave that enables the pursuit of outside professionals interests or goals
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Argonne Leadership Institute
  • Dual Career Support
    Argonne is a member of the Greater Chicago Midwest-Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GCM-HERC). Membership provides a direct link with multiple employers and universities in the Chicago region, in addition to career development resources. GCM-HERC’s Dual Career Office assists dual-career couples identify opportunities to best meet their needs as a family.

I have good work-life balance. I spend my workday devoted to my work, and when I go home, I’m able to have a life outside work. I used to play soccer, so I’m looking to join a women’s soccer team in the Chicago suburbs.” – Emily Wolters, Nuclear Engineer