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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Why Work For Us?


Welcome to the ultimate challenge

You will be expected to work with the brightest minds in science and engineering to solve some of the most challenging problems facing the nation using world-class research capabilities and tools.

 Core workplace values

  • Passion for mission
  • Integrity and responsible stewardship of the public trust
  • Personal and collective responsibility for safety and security
  • Simultaneous excellence in science and technology, operations, and business practices
  • Balancing innovation with disciplined execution
  • Teamwork while preserving individual initiative
  • Intense competition of ideas with respect for individuals
  • Treating each other with dignity
  • A high-quality, motivated workforce with diverse ideas, skills, and backgrounds
  • Rewarding and recognizing performance
  • Commitment to the collective success of the Laboratory


Groundbreaking science ... on a mission

For more than 60 years, we have used science and technology to make the world a safer place. We lead the nation in stockpile science and deliver innovative solutions for the nation's most challenging security problems.


  • Basic Science: Science, Technology, and Engineering
  • Bio-Security: Detection, characterization and mitigation
  • Counterterrorism: Preventing and mitigating catastrophe
  • Defense: Precision effects and situational awareness
  • Energy: Energy and environmental security
  • Intelligence: Analysis, policy and operational support
  • Nonproliferation: Technical solutions to evolving challenge
  • Weapons: Stewards of the nuclear deterrent


  • High Performance Computing: Scientific computing for the nation
  • Engineering: Technologies at extreme scales
  • Physics & Life Sciences: Frontier scientific research
  • Global Security: Applied science & technology
  • Lasers: National Ignition Facility
  • User Facilities: Unparalleled research capabilities
  • Internally Funded Research: Institutional investment in innovation

To learn more, visit the LLNL website.


We’ve got you, and your family, covered 

You will have access to an abundance of benefits -- both tangible and intangible – because we believe that maintaining the wellbeing of our employees is a key to ensuring the wellbeing of our nation.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Performance and Pay Program
  • 401(k) with Company Contributions
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Comprehensive Health Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Legal Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account

 Training and Development

  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Leadership Training
  • On-line Learning


  • Convenient and Beautiful Location
  • Flexible Work Options
  • On-Site Health Clinic
  • Health Management
  • Two On-site Cafeterias
  • Children's Center
  • On-site Exercise Programs
  • Networking Activity Groups
  • On-site Massage Therapy
  • Deaf Interpreting Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

To learn more, visit the LLNL Careers website.




Vibrant culture with a small town feel 

Livermore is minutes away from major cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, but what draws most people is the quality of life within its city limits.

Award winning downtown

Livermore's award-winning Downtown offers visitors a unique and relaxing shopping and dining experience.  

California’s original wine region

The Livermore Valley is home to more than 50 wineries, framing the city with a picturesque landscape used as a backdrop for weddings, concerts and other events. 

Sports and recreation

Livermore has a variety of choices for those who love being active: boating, bocce ball, hiking, running and more. The Amgen Tour of California, the Livermore Half Marathon, the annual Livermore Rodeo and the Wine Festival are just some of the events that take place in Livermore.

To learn more, visit the City of Livermore website.



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    I really enjoy working at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories; the work is exciting and rewarding - I look forward to solving the new challenges I am sure to be faced with everyday.

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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)


    One of the great things about working here is getting to work on new science and technology. There is amazing diversity in the work that is conducted at the lab, which gives employees plenty of opportunity to try something or learn something new... All the while working with some of the smartest people you will ever meet. The atmosphere is more collaborative than competitive in most areas of the lab, which is essential to making some of the great things we do everyday possible. The culture at the lab is also very supportive of work life balance, which is important to myself and my family.


    The lab has been around for a long time and there is a lot of tribal knowledge that can be hard to understand at first. We are also required to comply with many different mandates from many different organizations, which can fell like a lot of red tape at times (but a good understanding of the system and how it works can make this manageable).

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    Walk the floors (on a regular basis) and talk to the individuals working there (some managers do this better than others)... You will learn a lot about employees moral, you will begin to understand their concerns, their questions, and what motivates them.

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    Apply through the website at Be patient the process is slow. Be prepared to discuss what is on the job posting, but bring any project or work experience you have. If you applied in the past and did not get an interview right out of school keep trying, after getting some work experience. Think of how you documented projects in the past and what sort of safety concerns you had to overcome if any.

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Headquarters Livermore, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1952
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

Livermore’s defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism to...

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