Plutonium Missions Careers | Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Plutonium Missions Be part of something bigger.

Plutonium Missions, a crucial part of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is a great place to build a career. Our Plutonium Facility, known as PF-4, is the nation’s most modern plutonium science and manufacturing facility, where we do everything from research and development for the nation’s nuclear stockpile to making nuclear power sources for NASA deep space missions. The Laboratory has more than 12,000 employees, with plans to add more.

  • Contribute to national security, space programs and new frontiers in science.
  • Work at the Nation’s Plutonium Center of Excellence.
  • Discover a friendly and collaborative culture.
  • Choose from many disciplines (not just science and engineering).
  • Enjoy our amazing campus and facilities.
  • Explore life in beautiful Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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TA-55 Join the Nation’s Plutonium Center of Excellence

The Plutonium Facility at LANL was deemed the Nation’s Plutonium Center of Excellence for Research & Development by the NNSA in 2009. Not only are we home to the United States’ sole plutonium pit production capability, but we also support LANL’s mission to advance the understanding of the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of plutonium. Today, we are diligently working toward a new goal of manufacturing at least 30 pits per year by 2026—a task that not only includes significant infrastructure and equipment modernization but also ongoing science, research and development.

In addition to plutonium operations, we solve some of the nation’s most difficult national security problems by applying our world-class science, technology and engineering to help create solutions for climate change, fighting the spread of viruses such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic and understanding other material or scientific phenomena.

What it’s like to work here More than just a job

At LANL, you have access to the brightest minds in the world, stimulating work and a rewarding national security contribution—no matter what your role is. A day in the life here is exciting, where there are always opportunities to learn what your colleagues are up to, from nuclear security to climate change, public health and more.

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A unique setting

LANL’s Plutonium Facility, known as PF-4, is the nation’s most modern plutonium science and manufacturing facility and is the only fully operational plutonium facility with complete process and analysis capabilities in the nation. You’ll be inspired by our mission, our people and the scope and quality of our facilities.

Big benefits

LANL not only offers highly competitive compensation, but also great health insurance options, a best-in-class 401(k) with up to 6% matching and an additional 3.5% non-elective employer contribution, plus tuition assistance, relocation reimbursement and many other perks along the way.

Special security protocols

When it comes to security, we present a different set of requirements for employees, and we want you to be prepared. Our security measures are all in place to support and protect you, the Lab’s national security mission and our people.

Meet the people of Plutonium Missions

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Careers for everyone

Many think you must be a scientist to work at LANL. While we couldn’t do our work without scientific and technical expertise, we offer a vast array of career opportunities for hundreds of support staff with a variety of skillsets:

  • Administration
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Environment, Safety & Health
  • Facilities
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Logistics
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Operations Support
  • Postdoc
  • Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Science
  • Security
  • Warehouse Management

Living the good life Life in Northern New Mexico

Enjoy a great life in the healthiest county in the U.S. Los Alamos and its neighboring residential community White Rock are surrounded by national forest lands, parks and endless adventure for hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, bird watchers, skiers and more. You can be on the trail within a few minutes of getting off shift. Some employees live in nearby communities such as Española, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho, where both the activities and housing offer a different set of options and awe-inspiring views.