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Research Aide 2013 Kristen Hartman, from Brigham Young University, prepares samples inside this glovebox in a dry nitrogen gas environment.  Gloves enable the operator to conduct the experiments without admitting room air, and an airlock enables specimens to be introduced without contamination. The glovebox is typically used for blending nanoparticle or friction modifier mixtures that may be sensitive to moisture or oxygen, or particles that may need to be contained.

NEW! Non-Science Research Aid Appointments

Contact:  Qualified candidates for any of the non-science positions listed below should send resume and cover letter explaining how your past experience and qualifications make you a good fit for the position to Lisa Reed at lisareed.anl.gov.

Non-SCIENCE POSITION DESCRIPTION 1:

Procurement Intern objectives include understanding and becoming familiar with contracting terminology, the Argonne Procurement Operations Manual (POM), processes, tools, purchase order and sub-contract placement, and basic materials management.

Work experience/learning activities include training in the use of Argonne’s procurement systems PARIS and AMOS; developing knowledge and awareness of the Argonne Small Business outreach activities, as well developing skills in the solicitation (developing RFQ and RFP’s)/negotiation (contract file documentation)/award process for purchase orders and subcontracts. Additional activities would include contract administration and contract closeout processes/activities.

The prospective student is expected to have the following skills:

  • A strong academic performance and career interest in Supply Chain Management.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office to include, but not limited to, Excel, Outlook and Access.
  • Demonstrate analytical and business skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and prioritize workload.
  • Willingness to learning and exploring a variety of Procurement/Supply Chain business areas.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.

Non-SCIENCE POSITION DESCRIPTION 2:

The primary responsibility of this position will be to assist in accounting/budgeting functions at Argonne. Additional duties include:

  • Work within different areas of Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCF) to provide additional resources for Accounts Payable, Payroll, Accounting and Budget in various responsibilities.
  • Work on account reconciliations to identify and resolve any discrepancies.
  • Enter invoices for payment and in accordance with policy.
  • Review and audit expense reports and vendor invoices to ensure compliance with Argonne policies.
  • Assist in financial projects as assigned.

The prospective student is expected to have the following skills:

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office to include, but not limited to, Excel, Outlook and Access.
  • Demonstrate proven skills in time management.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and prioritize workload.
  • Willingness to work hard and learn and contribute to the functionality of the group.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.

Non-SCIENCE POSITION DESCRIPTION 3:

We are seeking a top-notch 1st or 2nd year Law student interested in a summer employment position.

The selected student will:

  • Assist with compliance-related records management.
  • Work on immigration software systems implementation.
  • Support the filing of new visa applications.
  • Analyze spreadsheets and status reports in order to benchmark FY 2013 immigration filings.

The prospective student is expected to have the following skills

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Considerable knowledge working with legal software (Westlaw/LexisNexis or similar).
  • Demonstrate proven skills in time management.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and prioritize workload.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.

Application Deadline: None

To receive maximum consideration for the summer program, it is best to have your application completed no later than March 1.

In addition to research participation opportunities, Argonne offers Research Aide appointments to college/university students. These appointments, made primarily during the summer months, are designed to provide the Argonne scientific and engineering staff with technical assistance. Rather than designing their own research program, temporary employees are assigned specific technical tasks. Student-level temporary employees earn a salary, are expected to possess the skills required to do the assigned task when they arrive, and do not participate in the seminar series and field trips. Understanding the scientific basis for the temporary employee's work is generally not emphasized.

Eligibility

To be considered, an applicant must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an application comprising of all required materials. Transcripts are NOT required. To assess eligibility, and prior to the merit assessment and evaluation, an initial review of all applications will be conducted to verify applicant eligibility and ensure all the required application materials have been provided. Only those applications meeting all requirements will be advanced for merit review and selection. The application materials received will provide the sole basis for the evaluation and selection.

a. 18 years of age at the start of the appointment
b. Cumulative minimum grade point average 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
c. Proof of coverage under a health insurance plan for the duration of their appointment. It is the responsibility of each participant to secure insurance coverage before starting their appointment at Argonne
d. Pass a background check

Selection for any program is based upon a student's academic record, statement of interests, and his/her faculty recommendations.


Notification


Students who are selected will be notified by email. The email will include the official offer package providing details of the project, salary, travel reimbursement, etc.


Financial Information


Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student.


Transportation Reimbursement


Students cannot be reimbursed for travel expenses for an interview trip. Transportation expenses are reimbursed for one round trip between your home or academic institution (the address on the student's driver's license will be used to establish eligibility for travel reimbursement) and the facility. Travel will only be paid for student's whose permanent addresses established by your driver's license is more than fifty miles away from Argonne. 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 mileage rate. Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare. Travel arrangements are arranged by the host Division at Argonne.


Housing


An apartment-type lodging facility is available on site. Students are responsible for making their own reservation with the Argonne Guest House.


Application Requirements


The application requirements include two (2) letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to make the requests for recommendation letters as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform their recommenders that they must submit the recommendation letter. Letters should be sent by email or fax to the address listed below.


Application Access


Research Aide Application


Frequently Asked Questions - Research Aide Program

  1. Are non-U.S. citizens eligible?
  2. I'm an undergraduate student, but I won't be 18 years old for another year. If this program is for undergraduate students, why can't I participate?
  3. Do I have to have health insurance coverage to apply or can I wait until I'm selected to acquire it?
  4. Can I transfer my previous recommendations to my new application?
  5. Who should I get to write my letters of recommendation?
  6. Am I required to submit transcripts?
  7. Can I get in touch with scientists in areas I've chosen? Is this advisable?
  8. Will you let me know if I am missing parts of my application?
  9. How does the selection process work?
  10. How are applications judged?
  11. What are my chances of getting selected?
  12. When and how will I find out if I've been selected?
  13. If I don't get selected this time, will my application be reviewed again next year automatically or do I have to reapply?
  14. If I request a certain field of study am I guaranteed to be placed in it if I am accepted into the program?
  15. Do I get any vacation during the appointment period?
  16. How often do I receive payment?

Contact Information


Lisa Reed
Research Aide Program
Communications, Education and Public Affairs Division
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439-4845
E-mail: lisareed@anl.gov

Last update: May 1, 2013


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