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Los Alamos National Laboratory Overview

Los Alamos, NM
10000+ employees
$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

Los Alamos National Laboratory – Why Work For Us?

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)
Our teams are contributing to solving problems of global importance.

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.      

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.

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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM).


    I had an introductory phone call with the team lead, where he asked me about myself and told me about the research group and explained the hiring process a bit. I was then flown out to visit LANL. During my visit, I was interviewed by the team lead in person, where I was asked about my interests and experience. I then gave a 50 min presentation (I just tweaked my PhD dissertation slightly) for approximately 20 of the research scientists in the branch. My presentation was followed by a lab tour, where I spent approximately 20 mins with each team member, as they showed me their non-classified work. Finally, I interviewed with the branch lead, who again asked me about my previous work and about what sort of areas I would be interested in researching there at the lab.

    Note 1: I didn't really get any typical interview questions like, "explain a situation where you had to deal with a difficult team member", or "what is one of your weaknesses".

    Note 2: my visit/interview did take about 9 hours, which was physically tiring.

    Interview Questions

    • Basically, all of the questions were either technical questions about my specific research, or questions about what I would be interested in researching   Answer Question
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