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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

Company Updates

  • 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!

  • Santa Fe is one of the 8 Northern NM communities surrounding the Laboratory. This year Outside magazine has named it as one of Best Places to Live in the US. Great to know as you consider your career move to LANL!

    Santa Fe makes list of best places to live

    Outside magazine has once again singled out its hometown in its annual "Best Places to Live" issue, this time naming Santa Fe as one of the country's smartest towns for investment in adventure sports assets. "This isn't homerism or pride," said Nicholas Hunt, associate editor of the Santa Fe-based outdoor lifestyle magazine.

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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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    Lots of interesting work to do


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) in October 2015.


    Very weak interview. No technical questions. Managers know little to nothing of enterprise tech stack, or any tech stack for that matter. There were zero questions asked in terms of best practices, experience on a given framework etc... people who I work for are the same that interviewed me. There is little reason to prepare for this interview if you have experience, most of the answers are fluff. Just be honest and have a clean record.

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