Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Our People

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.


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The Lab has focused increasingly on developing talent, launching programs to promote fairness of opportunity, cultivating skills, and improving workplace communication for employees and managers.

Our People

Los Alamos National Laboratory employs some of the world’s finest scientists, engineers, technicians, and professionals in multiple disciplines. The chart, below, shows the breakdown as of May 2012:

  • 21 percent of Laboratory employees hold PhDs
  • another 15 percent hold master’s degrees

Workforce breakdown pie charts

The Laboratory also employs

  • about 1,000 students from high schools, colleges, and graduate schools
  • more post-doctoral fellows (444 in 2012) than any other Department of Energy national laboratory

Some 31 percent of all Laboratory employees are former students or postdocs. That number jumps to 53 percent for R&D scientists and engineers.

See our student programs page for more information and opportunities.

Major Awards

  • 121 R&D100 awards since 1978
  • 31 E.O. Lawrence Awards
  • Seaborg Medal
  • Edward Teller Medal
  • Nobel Prize in Physics: Frederick Reines


A diverse workforce is vital and essential to Laboratory success. As of late 2011, 46 percent of the Lab's workforce was made up of ethnic minorities and 35 percent was women.

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

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