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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Overview
Livermore, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
$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

Company Updates

  • Congratulations to Rose McCallen for the recognition in her work and collaboration with Chico State University!

    McCallen recognized by Chico State University

    It's been more than three decades since Rose McCallen graduated from California State University, Chico, but in the intervening years she hasn't forgotten her alma mater. And just the other day, the university remembered - and honored - her.

  • Read about how LLNL is partnering with the University of Wisconsin in the research of rapid detection of bacteria.

    A new toolkit for rapid bacterial detection

    Finding the right treatment plan for patients who have antibiotic-resistant infections is a costly and time-consuming effort. For doctors in rural areas or developing countries, there often is no source of electricity nearby or sterile lab conditions with microbiology specialists on hand.

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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 have worked here for nearly ten years and my only regret is not coming here sooner! I love the science being done; it's exciting and it feels good to be part of something so important to our national security. It's also located in a great area for families and has quickly become a terrific place to go for beer/wine and great restaurants. It's a small community for being a fairly large "corporation". Friendly staff and positive environment. I couldn't be happier!


    Purchasing a home in LIVERMORE is rather expensive.
    Being a government contractor, things sometimes take a little longer to get done than on the outside. A lot of rules and policies to abide by.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek out the next generation of employee 's to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology!

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Photos

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day at AT&T Park
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Madison Martin - Graduate Scholar
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Testing a new optical fiber that could double the bandwidth of fiber-optic cables
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: Lawrence Livermore optomechanical engineer Justin Galbraith along the Tahoe 200 course
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: These monster pumpkins -- Alpha (right) and Beta -- were grown in our employee garden. They weighed in at 392 and 388 pound, respectively.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory photo of: LLNL's National Ignition Facility National Ignition Facility was the warp core of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: Into Darkness
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Interviews



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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

  • Education Award, The East Bay Economic Development Alliance, 2017
  • Lab researchers receive awards from The Meteoritical Society, The Meteoritical Society, 2016
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2016
  • Three R&D 100 Awards, R&D Magazine, 2016
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