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Whether you’re a student, recent graduate, or budding professional, joining the NIF & Photon Science Team at LLNL offers the chance to create your own unique path to success and achievement. As a member of a world-class workforce committed to helping maintain the nation’s security and scientific leadership, you can contribute to or support multi-disciplinary teams tackling grand scientific challenges well beyond the scope of most other research facilities. Working at NIF&PS offers both long-term stability and the opportunity to move among different jobs and pursue new research areas and increased responsibilities as you grow your career.

“I worked for a federal contracting company before, but LLNL takes the aspects I loved about that job (e.g., mission-focused, flexible work schedule and innovative science) and combines them with all the job features I always wanted (e.g., more remote-flexible opportunities, better compensation/benefits, bosses that actually care about me as a person and not just a means to an output. LLNL invests in their employees and really cares in their development within the organization.”
—LLNL research scientist quoted on Glassdoor
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As the Laboratory’s consistently high ranking among Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work shows, our employees enjoy and appreciate LLNL’s job stability and flexibility, collegial culture, opportunities for advancement, outstanding benefit packages, commitment to work-life balance, on-site educational, recreational and outreach opportunities, and laser focus on service to the nation. The Lab’s prime location in the Tri-Valley area east of San Francisco, with its diverse cultural offerings and mild climate, is yet another reason to join our team.


The NIF & Photon Science Directorate has a rich history at LLNL, with more than 50 years of experience in building and operating the world’s highest-energy laser systems and pursuing pioneering science and engineering in lasers, optics, and photon science. NIF&PS employees also participate in cutting-edge Discovery Science research, ranging from lab-based astrophysics experiments to explorations of unique phases of materials under unprecedented pressures and temperatures. These studies offer Lab researchers the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scientists on potentially prize-winning research projects.

Do your career goals include:

  • Participating in multidisciplinary, collaborative, highly skilled teams pursuing breakthrough science in a stable, stimulating work environment?
  • Using world-class research equipment and helping develop innovative technology?
  • Knowing that your work serves a purpose important to the nation and the world?

See how you can reach those goals by visiting LLNL’s careers site or checking out our Summer Scholar internships page. We welcome your interest!

Find out what it's like to work for one of the best research labs in the world, voted one of the best places to work in the U.S. by Glassdoor. LLNL offers mentoring, educational assistance, work-life balance, and a chance to have a world-class career in science and technology, all the while enhancing our national security.