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Los Alamos National Laboratory Overview

Los Alamos, NM
10000+ employees
Federal Agencies
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our focus is to develop and apply science and technology to ensure the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce ... Read more

Mission: At Los Alamos National Laboratory, our mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. In the interest of advancing our nation’s security, our greatest strength is in our ability to maintain broad science, technology and engineering ... Read more

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Los Alamos National Laboratory – Why Work For Us?

Los Alamos delivers national security mission solutions using multidisciplinary science, technology and engineering.

The Laboratory maintains broad science, technology, and engineering capabilities across multiple disciplines, leveraged to meet the Laboratory’s diverse national security missions.    

Our four strategic cross-Laboratory "Science Pillars" allow us to draw on capabilities across the Lab to accomplish our missions. Each Science Pillar covers a principal theme with scientific goals fundamental to building and investing in our science, technology, and engineering expertise: 

· Information, Science, and Technology

· Materials for the Future

· Nuclear and Particle Futures

· Science of Signatures

Los Alamos National Laboratory Computing is solving problems of global importance.

At Los Alamos National Laboratory computer science plays a key role in the cutting edge, mission critical work we do.  Our computing teams are addressing climate and energy issues, threat reduction challenges, space research, public health, and advancing information science and technology.


Cybersecurity is a key component of our computing expertise.  Our cybersecurity professionals dive into exciting work of network archaeology, host forensics, malware analysis, incident management and OT.  

High Performance Computing

The High Performance Computing division at the Laboratory continues to push the boundaries of Supercomputing, and will not be slowing down.  Teams deliver computational capability and data management at petascale.  The work taking place here allows for scientific research and state of the art software engineering that is exponentially advancing the world of computing and science overall.

Employees engage in exciting ground breaking work every day. At LANL you will make a difference.
Work with us and enjoy the career of a lifetime.

The Laboratory’s greatest strength is in our multidisciplinary  capabilities.   We maintain broad science, technology, and  engineering (ST&E) capabilities across multiple disciplines,  leveraged to meet the Laboratory’s diverse national security missions. 

Engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory work throughout the various disciplines and enjoy the ability to move throughout the Lab for new and exciting opportunities.  Our teams are comprised of some of the best engineers in the country and are working on some of the most exciting projects to date.

We ARE Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Lab employees enjoy a generous benefits package with many onsite wellness options to complement.



Onsite medical facility

The  Lab maintains an onsite clinic that is available to all employees and  provides comprehensive services and programs to promote employee  physical and mental wellness.

Onsite fitness facility

Employees  at the Lab enjoy complete access to a 17,000 square foot fitness  facility equipped with weight rooms, an aerobics room with dynamic  classes, cycling and circuit training. Additionally, walkers and runners  can enjoy various outdoor trails and a 1/8 mile outdoor track.

Onsite breastfeeding units

Mamava pricacy units for mothers who are nursing or pumping are available for working mothers and visitors.  Read more about this important option here.

Onsite cafeterias

Food  services at various locations across the Laboratory complex offer a  wide variety of fresh food choices for breakfast and lunch.


All year long, Northern New Mexico provides incredible opportunities for outdoor and extreme sports enthusiasts.  Consider the various options our beautiful state offers any adventure seekers.

Education Assistance

Financial assistance

Eligible  employees may be reimbursed for the cost of tuition, fees and books  related to courses taken through appropriately accredited institutions.

UC in-state tuition

Dependents  of full-time Lab employees are eligible to enroll as students at any of  the University of California (UC) campuses and use resident  classification for tuition purposes. 

Professional Development

The  Lab provides online resources, onsite and facilitated classroom  training, and access to industry-provided developmental opportunities  for the continued professional development of all employees. 

Time Away

Alternative work schedules

We know  flexibility is the key to establishing a work-life balance. That is why  the Lab offers a variety of work schedules. The most popular work  schedule is the 9/80 schedule, which provides a Friday off every other  week.

Holidays, vacation and sick leave

Because the  Laboratory is a vibrant community of individuals and thought, there are  several different leave options, with or without pay, to accommodate the  needs of employees and Laboratory programs.

  • 12 paid holidays
  • 3 weeks of vacation per year (new, eligible employees)
  • 8  hours of sick leave per month (sick leave may      be used for employee  illness, medical appointments & immediate      family illness)
Our team members know the importance of work life balance and use out of work time activities to refresh and keep up the good energy.
At Los Alamos National Laboratory we know that people are the greatest resource.

The Laboratory’s greatest resources are the people who work here. The talent, passion, drive, and enthusiasm of our employees make us one of the premier research institutions in the country. We value each and every member of our team and strive to support the workforce community beyond the job. 

Employee Resource Groups

Lab employees reach beyond the vision of their work to consider a vision for the workforce of tomorrow. The Laboratory employee resource groups support the growth and development of a diverse workforce by addressing the issues that concern employees most. We have a several vibrant active ERG communities and are looking to inspire more to become active.

Veteran and Transitioning Military Supports

We proudly support veterans, transitioning military, and military reservists of the U.S. armed forces as they pursue a career with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. We conduct regular outreach in our local and national veteran community, making sure interested candidates know their options at the Lab. We thrive when individuals find a sense of mission in working with us.

Student Programs

The Student Programs office at the Lab provides robust student supports and information about the various student opportunities available here. Students can find an inclusive, social network of new professionals through our student programs team.

The LANL Employee Resource Network (LERN)

LERN is a program designed to connect and support new and established employees at the Laboratory. The LERN program complements other Lab employee-focused programs by connecting the most relevant resources to the employees who need them.

Dual Career Program

Attracting world-class talent to the Lab is a top priority. Top candidates must often consider the employment needs of a spouse or other family member before choosing to work in Los Alamos. The Dual Career Services program can help solve this challenge by highlighting opportunities for employment accessible to the individuals most important to prospective and current employees.

Lab employees participating in an art installation in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride month.

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    Mentors are great at helping to guide you through projects.
    The lab places a high emphasis on personal development (for example, you can skip work sometimes to go to lectures at the lab)
    Salaries are competitive
    The environment around Los Alamos is beautiful
    It feels nice to work at a place where you feel you can make an impact


    Not really a con of the lab, but temporary housing can be a bit hard to find in and around Los Alamos if you’re an intern. The lab does a nice job trying to help you find some though

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) in October 2018.


    I was contacted by a member of the prospective team and we scheduled a phone interview with the team. They called on time and we had a good interview for approximately 45 minutes. Questions were mixed technical and personal, but process was fairly relaxed.

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Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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