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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 65 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: Science and Technology on a Mission

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security by developing and applying world-class science, technology and engineering that:

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Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2020 (#6), 2019 (#24)

Company Updates

  • COVID-19

    We remain committed to using our scientific and technical expertise to combating the COVID-19 pandemic. From masks to vaccines, here’s an update on just some of our research initiatives. Learn more at


    Understanding the spread and mutation of Zika virus

    A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and University of California, Davis researchers has found that outbreaks of human disease, such as the 2015 Zika virus epidemic, may be due to genetic mutation, and viruses may undergo further changes as they expand their geographic range.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Why Work With 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.

Our Values
  • Ideas. Livermore is the “new ideas” laboratory, and we continue to aspire to intellectual leadership, originality, and audacity. We support an environment that encourages open exchange and critique. Ideas also improve operations and lead to new, better ways of doing business.
  • Impact. Innovation happens when new ideas have impact—on our mission, on people’s lives. Ultimately, our success depends on applying frontier science and technology, through disciplined engineering, to deliver solutions for—have impact on—our mission.
  • Integrity. We serve the public interest and act to sustain the public trust through transparency, honesty, and objectivity. We act ethically in our research activities, our business practices, and our interactions with each other. We are dedicated to collective success, and committed to safety and security as an integral part of the mission.
  • Inclusiveness. The challenges of our mission demand that we draw on the widest possible diversity of talents, thought, and experiences. To capitalize on the range of individual and diverse talents needed for mission success, we form and work in teams, characterized by mutual respect and support.
  • Zeal. It’s good to love what you do. We value enthusiasm for and commitment to the Lab’s mission. We have a “fire in the belly” to excel, lead, and change the world. And as an institution, the Lab will aspire to be a place where people can find fulfillment and love their work. 

Our Community

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is an involved member of the community, supporting a variety of educational programs, economic development initiatives and charitable activities.

  • Community Giving For 40 years, Lawrence Livermore employees have raised money to support more than 420 local charities and umbrella organizations in the greater Tri-Valley region. 
  • Discovery Center Teachers and students are invited to participate in Lawrence Livermore’s Fun With Science Field Trips, provided free of charge to local elementary schools.

  • Education Program The Science Education Program at Lawrence Livermore provides professional development instruction to in-service and pre-service teachers, as well as student enrichment opportunities.

  • Environment, Safety and Health Lawrence Livermore is committed to environmental stewardship and the protection of the health and safety of its employees, visitors and surrounding community.

  • Tours Community tours are free and open to the public, offering visitors a view into exciting, state-of-the-art research programs and facilities at Lawrence Livermore.


Groundbreaking science ... on a mission

For more than 65 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.

Mission Areas

  • Biosecurity A distinguished track record in developing, deploying and delivering advanced biodefense capabilities.
  • Counterterrorism Preventing and mitigating potentially catastrophic incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-explosive materials.
  • Defense Supporting the Department of Defense as a preeminent innovative science and technology contributor.
  • Energy Advancing our nation's security through the production, development and deployment of energy resources and technology while understanding and reducing their environmental impacts.
  • Intelligence Providing timely, informed analytic and operational support as well as unique, science and technology support to a wide range of sponsors.
  • Nonproliferation A national resource for addressing nonproliferation challenges, noteworthy for developing innovative technical solutions.
  • Science Delivering scientific discoveries that position Lawrence Livermore researchers to solve pressing national security challenges.
  • Weapons Ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nuclear deterrent.

Program Areas

  • Global Security The Global Security Principal Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) applies multidisciplinary science and technology to anticipate, innovate and deliver responsive solutions to complex global security needs.
  • NIF & Photon Science We operate the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s largest and highest-energy laser. The facility is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and is a key element of NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program to maintain the reliability and safety of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without full-scale testing.
  • Weapons & Complex Integration Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory works to establish a science-based understanding of nuclear weapons performance and assesses the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile. 

  • Computation We’re making the world safer by shaping the frontiers of high performance computing (HPC), data sciences and computer science. We design, develop and deploy HPC capabilities not only in support of Livermore’s mission and program goals, such as the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program, but to improve national security and advance U.S. economic competitiveness.

  • Engineering The Engineering Directorate of nearly 1,600 world-class engineers, scientists and technicians, organized into five divisions, is the foundation for most of our core programs in stockpile stewardship, advanced laser systems, global security and science and technology.

  • Physical Life Sciences Our staff members lead and support a wide array of leading-edge research and development efforts at LLNL. From astrophysics and planetary science to atomic and plasma physics, our research explores matter at all length scales, under diverse and often extreme conditions. 

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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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

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    The Livermore lab is the greatest place I have ever worked in my 40-year working career. The Livermore lab is known as the “Smartest square mile on Earth”. Great salary, benefits, people, management and work life balance with their alternative work schedule. The site 200/campus is beautiful. I have only worked at the Lab for 1 year and my only regret is that I didn’t start working here 20 years ago.
    I work on the 8th Wonder of the World, the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The National Ignition Facility is the world’s largest and most energetic laser system. Continued NIF experiments will one day lead to Fusion.
    The diversified research the Livermore Lab does is world class, second to none. The Lab’s past, present and future research is so vital to our country and our national defense. As a veteran I am proud to serve my county once again, this time as a civilian.


    Communing from the Central Valley to the Lab takes on average 50-60 minutes, to a from work.

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    Keep up the great work. Thank you for all your support and encouragement.

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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: Students receiving educational experience in computer science, cybersecurity, machine learning and job preparation through LLNL’s Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities and Research program.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Benjamin Santer has recieved the Sigma Xi William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein (right) shakes hands with San Francisco 49ers chairman John York at a meeting on traumatic brain injury research at LLNL.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: LLNL Teacher Research Academy offers middle and high school teachers and community college faculty professional development curriculum.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Biological sensor developed by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that could help better diagnose cancer and epilepsy.
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in June 2019.


    Interview lasts from 8 am to 2:30 pm with a break for lunch. The lunch break includes a brief tour of the lab. Interview begins with overview of the department and programs. Next, you will present to a group of engineers (approx 15-20) on an engineering project. The presentation is the most critical part of the interview so following the prompt is key. All attendees at the presentation will have a say in your hiring. After you will interview with several small groups of 2 to 3 people before and after the lunch. Finally, the hiring manager meets with you to discuss hiring logistics and any last questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of questions on presentation and what my long term interests were. The lab really wants to find the position/ role that you will excel at.   Answer Question
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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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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Registered Apprenticeships

Offers federal/state recognized on-the-job training program(s)

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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