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Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability


The Lab's mission is to develop and apply science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges.
A diverse workforce is vital and essential to Laboratory success.
Workforce pie chart 3-31-2016

RandD pie chart 3-31-2016

Los Alamos National Laboratory employs some of the world’s finest scientists, engineers, technicians, and professionals in multiple disciplines.

The chart shows the breakdown as of March 2016.

  • Average Age: 46
  • 67% male, 33% female
  • 44% minorities
  • 66% university degrees
  • 28% hold undergraduate degrees
  • 17% hold master’s degrees
  • 21% have earned a PhD

The Laboratory also employs

  • about 1,000 students from high schools, colleges, graduate schools
  • one of the largest post-doctoral programs (328 in 2016) in the Department of Energy complex

Some 36% of all Laboratory employees are former Lab students or postdocs. That number jumps to 61% for R&D scientists and engineers.

See our student programs page for more information and opportunities.

Major Awards

132 R&D100 awards since 1978
34 E. O. Lawrence Awards
8 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers
2 Glenn T. Seaborg Medals
The Edward Teller Medal
The Nobel Prize in Physics: Frederick Reines


A diverse workforce is vital and essential to Laboratory success. As of March 2016, 44% of the Lab workforce was made up of ethnic minorities, and 33% of the workforce was women.

For more detail on the Lab’s diversity, see our Includsion and Diversity website.

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