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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Why Work For Us?

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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

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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.

Missions

  • 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

Research

  • 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.

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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

Work-Life

  • 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.

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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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    Pros

    I came hare first as a student, then I was a postdoc for a year, and I've been research staff at LLNL for 4 years now.

    The thing I love most about working here is the people. I work with incredibly smart, motivated people on a daily basis, both in my field (computer science) and out (physicists, chemists, and other scientists). I get to work on some of the largest supercomputers in the world, and I get to have an impact on the design of parallel applications that run on thousands or millions of processors at once. There just aren't that many places you can do that, and there are fewer where the experts in the field are right around the corner.

    The problems LLNL tackles are not only interesting, they're important to national security, which makes them more fulfilling in a lot of ways. Saving the world from asteroid attacks? People here are working on that. Exploring new states of matter and new ways to build predictive simulations for it? That too. Working in High Performance Computing will expose you to new fields and directions you just don't get out of a typical CS degree, and you'll gain valuable experience by working on projects like these. If you're not as interested in mission-driven science, LLNL supports lots of basic science research, too.

    If you are planning to build a career here, you should know that LLNL is a great place for entrepreneurial scientists. If you are interested in building something, and if you have the drive and motivation to stick with it, you can come here, start your own project, and build a team to pursue your vision. As an example: many labs do not allow postdocs to apply for their own funding, but at LLNL it is encouraged. Postdocs can apply for internal Lab-Directed Research and Development funding (LDRD), and once you're staff, you can pursue a number of external competitive proposal calls from the DOE Office of Science. There are also opportunities to get long-term programmatic funding for your project, if it turns out to be successful.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to figure out exactly how the lab works. If you're the type of person who comes in, talks to people, and asks a lot of questions, you'll quickly learn by word of mouth. As far as documentation for new employees, or a road map for your career, well, the lab's not so good at that. It's up to you -- the lab rewards initiative, but if you don't have a lot of it, you may quickly find yourself lost. The lab is working on this with efforts like a recent "Lab 101" course for early career employees. They take you through the funding landscape and the national priorities that drive the lab.

    Everyone at LLNL is busy, and hiring is slow. It's often hard to staff a new project if you get it funded, but the lab is working hard to change this, with more pipeline hires and fewer administrative hurdles to jump through.

    Advice to Management

    The "Lab 101" course should be mandatory material for new staff and postdocs. Hiring should be accelerated to staff new projects and to reduce the often slow spin-up time. New employees should be made aware of all the opportunities in front of them -- I think a lot of people come to LLNL and miss out.


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    Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory broke ground today on a modular and sustainable supercomputing facility that will provide a flexible infrastructure able to accommodate the Laboratory's growing demand for high performance computing (HPC).

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Additional Info

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

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