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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 ...
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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.
The Laboratory's ERGs include:
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.
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.
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 privacy units for mothers who are nursing or pumping are available for working mothers and visitors. Read more about this important option here.
Food services at various locations across the Laboratory complex offer a wide variety of fresh food choices for breakfast and lunch.
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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.
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.
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.
Los Alamos science and engineering: Advancing our nation’s security
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
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.
I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)
Relocation benefits are unparalleled and health benefits are good. 401K match and extra contribution is unrivaled. Vacation increases up to 5 wks/yr based on length of service.
Great location to raise a family with reasonable cost of living, one of the best public K-12 school systems in the country and extremely safe, low-crime environment.
Great job security. Also, the contract was recently changed back to a non-profit management structure that is gradually returning LANL to its roots.
9/80 schedule is priceless.
Some of the fastest supercomputers in the world, which are exciting to run on.
LANL is more focused on the core mission than some other national labs, which can mean more stable funding and less unhealthy politics and less destructive internal competition with external and internal parties.
LANL is run more like a free spirited science lab and less like a suit and tie wearing corporate office. First line "managers" are generally scientists, not dedicated line managers. This makes it configured more like a science institution than a company.
The mission is growing rapidly with anticipated $13 billion in infrastructure investment, so its the best time to be here since the 1970s.
Lots of students, postdocs and international visitors that give LANL a dynamic, vibrant, campus like feel.
Infrastructure is ageing and due to massive expansion, it is difficult to find housing in Los Alamos or parking on site. Most commute from outside, such as Santa Fe. However, $13B in new investment and ongoing construction is anticipated to help.
Los Alamos lacks the major drawbacks of big cities (traffic, crime, drugs, poor schools, homelessness) but it is a small community that lacks many amenities. Thus, you may find yourself commuting from Santa Fe or driving there frequently for many errands.
Advice to Management
Continue the transition from LANS to TRIAD and systematically evaluate all processes and procedures to update and refresh them according to the new mindset, strategy and mission. Continue to actively engage with the community to drive positive change with local government. Remember that quality and safety is much more important than quantity and dollars, which is why the NNSA selected TRIAD over the competition.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) in March 2017.
Was flown in, had a series of half-hour interviews individually with five or six team members then a committee interview with half-dozen people including the group leaders. It was a little stressful given the full-day nature of the interview. The interview process is changing to include a telephone screening interview.
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