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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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  • "The findings are a good step towards examining aftershocks with fresh eyes, says Daniel Trugman, a seismologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “The machine-learning algorithm is telling us something fundamental about the complex processes underlying the earthquake triggering."

    Artificial intelligence nails predictions of earthquake aftershocks

    A machine-learning study that analysed hundreds of thousands of earthquakes beat the standard method at predicting the location of aftershocks. Scientists say that the work provides a fresh way of exploring how changes in ground stress, such as those that occur during a big earthquake, trigger the quakes that follow.

  • Good news Lab employees: Virgin Pulse is adding a new pilot program this month designed to help you thrive in your career! This new pillar "engage" will feature tools to build better work relationships, improve communication & enhance daily work lives. Check in with the Wellness Center to learn 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’s greatest strength is in our multidisciplinary  capabilities. Los Alamos maintains broad science, technology, and  engineering (ST&E) 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

Work life balance is a reality at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


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)
Veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces continue to contribute their tremendous talents to serve our country at the Lab.

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.  Our engaged and responsive employee resource group and Office of Diveristy guide individuals through the transition from military to civilian employment.  

We conduct regular outreach in our local and national veteran community, making sure interested candidates know their options at the Lab.  We are seeking mission oriented individuals and we thrive when great employees have found a sense of mission in working with us.

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

We believe diversity fuels our innovative, agile, and principled workforce that is essential to solving problems of global importance.  The practice of inclusion & diversity are key to providing a work environment where our talented employees can thrive. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about the vibrant diversity programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.          

Employees at the Lab can truly find a sense of community.

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    Outstanding: benefits, peers, and opportunities. The Northern New Mexico area is beautiful and the climate is outstanding. Roughly 10% veteran workforce! We have a very diverse workforce. Great life/work balance; 9/80 schedules.


    The area is too remote for some, but that is one reason I like it. You will find plenty shopping in Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

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    We love the 9/80 scheduling and the internal growth opportunities.

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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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