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Argonne National Laboratory Talent Acquisition Specialist / Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist in Lemont, Illinois

Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and our environment. Ever since we were born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, our goal has been to make an impact — from the atomic to the human to the global scale.

Surrounded by the highest concentration of top-tier research organizations in the world, Argonne leverages its Chicago-area location to lead discovery and to power innovation in a wide range of core scientific capabilities, from high-energy physics and materials science to biology and advanced computer science.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced recruiter. In this role, you will provide strategic recruitment to assigned scientific, programmatic, and/or operational divisions. You will be responsible for the analysis, development, and implementation of functionally based recruitment plans, independently source and attract candidates, and manage complete recruitment lifecycle. By developing, implementing and executing innovative recruitment strategies, tactics and processes, you will help to enable the Laboratory to pursue its mission of solving the pressing scientific needs of our nation.

Position Requirements

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (PA2 or PA3) dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills brought to the position, as well as the amount of relevant experience. The requirements are as follows:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 2+ years’ recruiting experience or equivalent

  • Experience with full life cycle consultative recruitment

  • Ability to effectively present to small groups of executives and managers

  • Clear and persuasive communication skills combined with exceptional interpersonal skills: relates well, learns from, and listens to diverse perspectives; develops strong networks by cultivating relationships inside and outside the organization; fosters collaboration to enable effective completion of business objectives.

  • Ability to work under limited direction, stay disciplined in a remote environment, and drive for continuous improvement.

  • Experience sourcing and attracting talent with LinkedIn Recruiter.

  • Excellent problem solving ability and the willingness to take on projects or initiatives to improve our Talent Acquisition function.

  • Knowledge of State and Federal employment laws and regulations.

  • Good knowledge of MS Office and associated applications.

  • Desire to uphold and embody the Laboratory’s Core Values: Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, Impact, and Safety.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the Workday Recruiting applicant tracking system

  • Familiarity with the Office Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and recruitment strategies that help Federal Contractors meet their recruitment obligations.

  • Experience with diversity recruitment outreach strategies and processes

PA2 – Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree and 2+ years of recruiting experience or equivalent

PA3 – Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree and 4+ years of recruiting experience or equivalent

Job Family

Professional Administrative (PA)

Job Profile

Talent Acquisition 2

Worker Type


Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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