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


Explore the multiple dimensions of a career at Los Alamos Lab: work with the best minds on the planet in an inclusive environment that is rich in intellectual vitality and opportunities for growth.


Competitive pay, work-life balance options, comprehensive benefits package

  • We attract and retain exceptional talent with our competitive pay packages that provide fair and equitable compensation.
  • We recognize and reward outstanding contributions through our various employee award programs.
  • We support and nurture a culture focused on a work/life balance for all of our employees.

Our benefits package

Employees are eligible for a variety of health and retirement benefits.

Health & wellness
Medical Plans 2 medical insurance options allowing more control over healthcare expenditures; healthcare premiums taken on a pretax basis, thus reducing employees’ taxable income if they so elect to do so
Dental Comprehensive coverage with premium cost paid by the Laboratory
Vision Covers exams, contacts, lenses, and frames with premium cost paid by the Laboratory
Legal Expenses Basic, personal coverage for preventive, domestic, consumer, defensive legal services
Life Insurance Automatic basic coverage and supplemental insurance for up to five times eligible salary
Business Travel Accident Automatic coverage at $100,000
Disability Insurance Supplemental, short-term, long-term disability benefits
Accidental Death & Dismemberment Supplemental coverage for unforeseen financial hardship due to accident resulting in death, dismemberment, paralysis, or loss of sight, speech, hearing
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) EAP staff is available to employees to discuss any issue of concern, whether it is work-related or personal.
Retirement & savings

401(k) retirement plan

To encourage saving for the future, the Laboratory offers a robust, tax-deferred 401(k) plan with a variety of investment options.

Roth 401(k) savings plan

The Laboratory also offers a Roth 401(k) plan that provides tax-free, qualified distributions during retirement.

Elective matching contribution

Eligible employees receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to 6% of eligible compensation for that pay period.

Non-elective matching contribution

Each year, eligible employees receive a non-elective contribution to their account based on years of service and annual eligible compensation.

Years of Service% of Contribution
0 – 9 3.5%
10 – 19 4.5%
20+ 5.5%
Time off

Alternative work schedules

A variety of work schedules are available that allow flexibility for workers and Laboratory programs. The most popular work schedule is the 9/80—employees work 80 hours over a 9 workday (two week) period, with a Friday off every other week.

12 paid holidays

New Year's Day Columbus Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Veteran's Day
President's Day Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day Friday after Thanksgiving Day
Independence Day Christmas Day
Labor Day Energy Conservation Day
* Any holidays declared by the President of the United States for the nation


Employees with appointments of greater than 6 months are eligible for vacation accrual starting their first day of work. Accrual rates are based on years of service, and summarized in the following chart (based on a full-time schedule).

Years of ServiceMonthly Accrual (hours)Annual Accrual (weeks)
0 – 10 10 hours 3 weeks
10 – 15 12 hours 3.6 weeks
15 – 20 14 hours 4.2 weeks
20+ 16 hours 4.8 weeks

Sick leave

Employees accrue sick leave starting on their first day of work at the rate of 8 hours per month (2.4 weeks per year). Sick leave may be used for specific circumstances, including employee illness, medical appointments, and illness in the employee's immediate family.

Catastrophic Paid Leave (CPL)

The CPL program provides an avenue for Laboratory employees to donate vacation hours for use by other employees when their accrued vacation and sick time is depleted following an unanticipated serious illness or injury to the employee or a family member.

Other leave programs

Paid and unpaid leave programs are provided for a variety of reasons, including military-related needs, personal circumstances, and development and collaboration needs.

Tax savings

Employees can take advantage of flexible spending accounts to set aside money for eligible expenses on a pretax basis.

Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA)

Contribution amounts up to $2,500 for eligible medical expenses, such as doctor visits, contacts, dental procedures, and over-the-counter medications. For added convenience, employees can take advantage of a MasterCard debit card and easily file for reimbursements online.

Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA)

Contribution amounts up to $5,000 for eligible dependent care expenses, such as childcare and qualifying adult dependent care. For added convenience, employees can take advantage of a MasterCard debit card and easily file for reimbursements online.

Adoption Assistance Expense Account (AAEA)

Contribution amounts up to $12,650 for eligible Adoption agency fees to assist you in adopting: children under the age of 18, persons who are mentally and/or physically incapable of self-care or a special needs child.

Innovations for a secure nation

Lab team makes unique contributions to the first bionic eye

Lab team makes unique contributions to the first bionic eye

The Argus II will help people blinded by the rare hereditary disease retinitis pigmentosa or seniors suffering from severe macular degeneration.

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Contact LANL

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM 87545

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Communications Office
(505) 667-7000

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(505) 667-5061

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