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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Overview

Livermore, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Federal Agencies
$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 ... Read more

Mission: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology to:

-Enhance the nation’s defense;
-Reduce the global ... Read more

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  • Lab researchers named optical society fellows

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL) researchers Jay Dawson and Tayyab Suratwala have been named Fellows by The Optical Society of America ( OSA), a distinction awarded to OSA members for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics.

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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.



We provide students and faculty an opportunity to engage in science that makes a difference in the nation’s security.


Scholar Internship Programs

LLNL offers many internship opportunities such as:

  • The Student Internship Program where students engage in work-study employment opportunities in relevant science, engineering and administrative fields.
  • The Faculty Employment Program which temporarily employs college professors and school teachers in collaborative research and work-study opportunities in science and engineering..
  • Additional Undergraduate and Graduate Programs such as the DOE Office of Science, Homeland Security and Military students are provided an opportunity to engage in work-study employment opportunities in relevant science and engineering. These students are brought in through the following student programs ROTC, SULI, FaST, MARA, MSI, DHS and numerous other programs.
  • The Livermore Graduate Scholar Program which selects top Ph.D. students in science and engineering to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis. These assignments can be up to four years or until they are awarded their Ph.D.

Assignments are typically for:

  • Summer – Full time during the summer academic break
  • Co-op – Full time during the academic semester/quarter
  • Year-round – Part-time during the academic year and full time during the academic breaks


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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)


    As a scientist at the Lab, I have had a range of 'jobs,' all interesting and relevant to the needs of the country. I have done some great research and also worked in a more applied/operational area. My work life balance is pretty great and teamwork has been a total plus within the groups I have been a part of. The benefits are excellent as well.


    While pay is good, the process to increase your pay is in small steps, so you have to take the long view regarding your salary trajectory. Of course, the cost of living in the Bay Area makes the 'good' salaries not reach as far. There is the bureaucracy associated with working at a national lab, of course, but I have adjusted to that as a necessary evil. Also, the priorities of sponsors can sometimes change faster than we are able to which means you can end up being tasked with a lot of short turnaround offshoot projects that are aimed to impress sponsors and bring in more money. These are not always effective.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the work toward making the Lab a flexible, diverse, and welcoming work environment. The changes are being felt around the lab and they are welcomed.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Photos

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Lawrence Livermore Director Bill Goldstein visiting classes at Lawrence Elementary, named in honor of LLNL’s significance to the community and its partnership with Livermore schools.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: A team of theorists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has solved a long-standing puzzle in the nucleation of a high-pressure phase of ice known as ice VII.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Four Lab researchers named 2018 fellows of the American Physical Society
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Five researchers named to '40 Under 40' list
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: LLNL developed machine learning algorithms to process data obtained during metal 3D printing in real time to detect, within milliseconds, whether a 3D part will be of satisfactory quality.
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    I applied in-person. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA).


    Met with one expert in the field I was applying for. Then there was a call back for the panel interview. Then you wait for a couple of weeks to get a answer to get a call from Human Resources.

    Interview Questions

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • Top 25 of the World’s Most Innovative Research Institutions, Reuters, 2017
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2016
  • Lab researchers receive awards from The Meteoritical Society, The Meteoritical Society, 2016
  • Education Award, The East Bay Economic Development Alliance, 2017
  • Three R&D 100 Awards, R&D Magazine, 2016
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