Working in Los Alamos
The primary employer in Los Alamos is Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a United States Department of Energy national laboratory initially organized during World War II for the design of nuclear weapons as part of the Manhattan Project. It is a short distance northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. Los Alamos was selected as the top-secret location for bomb design in late 1942 and officially commissioned the next year, under the management of University of California. At the time it was known as Project Y and was the center for weapon design and overall coordination.
Today, Los Alamos is one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. It conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, space exploration, nuclear fusion, renewable energy, medicine, nanotechnology, and supercomputing. After several reorganizations, LANL is currently managed and operated by Triad National Security, LLC.