Software Development Graduate Intern

What You Will Do

The Biochemistry and Biotechnology Group (B-GEN) within the Bioscience Division is currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic graduate student who possesses a strong interest in software development. We highly encourage candidates with significant expertise in Python, JavaScript, React, front- or back-end development and automation. We will give strong consideration to applicants who are team players and excel in collaborative environments, demonstrating effective interaction with other software developers, scientists, postdocs, and students from diverse divisions. If you are curious, eager to acquire new skills, and thrive on continuous learning, this position could be an excellent fit for you.

The Bioscience Division comprises over 200 diverse teams of researchers, including scientists, technologists, technicians, post-doctoral research associates, and students. Our division is deeply committed to conducting critical research that aligns with the missions of various sponsoring agencies such as DOE, DOD, and other organizations. By joining our division, you become part of a community of the brightest minds, working in one of the world's most innovative R&D facilities, dedicated to tackling the most challenging tasks related to both US and global biosecurity. We are driven by the mission of making a positive impact on the world through cutting-edge research and advancements. If you are passionate about making a difference and contributing to groundbreaking scientific endeavors, we wholeheartedly invite you to embark on this exciting journey with us at the B-GEN division of LANL. Together, we can push the boundaries of science and enhance the safety and well-being of our nation and the world.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Capable of developing maintainable code, understanding software requirements and working on minor bug fixes. Assisting other Software Developers with all aspects of software design and coding.
  • Skilled in comprehending and effectively presenting work in a clear and concise manner.
  • Willingness to assist with short-term projects under tight deadlines and commit to working 40 hours per week on a consistent schedule.
  • Ability to work independently or in close collaboration with team members as required to complete projects

Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program in computer science, software engineering, bioinformatics, data science, or related technical field at the time of hire. Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (or full time equivalent). Candidate must currently have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ideally the candidate has interest and/or experience in bioinformatics or genomics.
  • Ideally the candidate has experience in software engineering skills such as testing, version control, CI/CD and automation

Work Location: This position can be fully on-site or hybrid with regular on-site time in Los Alamos, NM. The hybrid work requires the person to live within 2 hours of commute to Los Alamos.

Where You Will Work

Located in Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid childbirth and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50-mile radius)

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

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Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating the employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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