Fermilab advantage

Be at the forefront of research

Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible.

Fermilab is a leader in research on neutrinos, ubiquitous but hard-to-catch particles that might point us to a better understanding of the first moments after the Big Bang. The proposed international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, to be based at Fermilab, will be the world’s largest experiment for neutrino science and proton decay studies.

Fermilab is heavily involved in research at the Large Hadron Collider and serves as the U.S. headquarters for the CMS experiment at the LHC.

Fermilab scientists are at the cutting edge of research in dark matter and dark energy, which helped shape the universe and will continue to guide its evolution into the future.

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Work at the leading edge of technology and innovation

As America’s particle physics laboratory, Fermilab operates and builds powerful particle accelerators for investigating the smallest things human beings have ever observed.

About 2,300 physicists from all over the world come to Fermilab to conduct experiments using particle accelerators. These machines not only drive discovery, they are themselves the subjects of research and innovation. Scientists and engineers at Fermilab actively advance accelerator science and technology, not only to help unravel the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time, but also to help solve some of society’s most important challenges.

Fermilab’s accelerator complex comprises seven particle accelerators and storage rings. It produces the world’s most powerful, high-energy neutrino beam and provides proton beams for a variety of experiments and R&D programs.

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Diverse workforce

Through our diversity and inclusion efforts, Fermilab empowers, informs and supports our workforce in their awareness, exploration and management of workplace cultures, practices and experiences.

We implement, evaluate and improve initiatives and programs to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented racial minorities, other people of color, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities in our education, employment and outreach platforms.

Fermilab collaboratively develops and delivers learning experiences and presentations, provides consultation and support, and facilitates dialogue to shift mental models and intentionally move our culture to one that considers diversity, equity and inclusion in all decision-making.

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Work-life integration

We are committed to providing a wide variety of recreation, fitness and wellness programs that encourage employees, users, visitors and contractors to live balanced and healthy lives. We offer athletic leagues, clubs, education and wellness programs and events, a fitness center, fitness classes, a pool, and an on-site pub.

We also offer paid parental leave, on-site day care, a club for families, science programs, and an annual Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

We have a herd of bison that live on the Fermilab site. Visitors are welcome to visit the herd, which Fermilab founding director Robert Wilson established to represent the laboratory’s pioneering work, and take part in recreational opportunities on our 6,800-acre site.

A convergence of art and science happens daily in the Fermilab Art Gallery in Wilson Hall. It is a space for art exhibits, chamber music concerts and coffee-hour debates about the Big Bang. It is also a quiet space for contemplation and beauty.

The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series is a vibrant program of speakers, musicians and theatrical performers that takes place throughout the year. Through the series, the laboratory actively fosters an appreciation of science and performing arts in neighboring communities, reflecting the diversity of the laboratory.

Benefits

Fermilab offers a competitive, comprehensive and affordable benefits program, including:

  • medical, prescription drug and dental insurance
  • life insurance
  • paid vacation
  • sick leave
  • parental childbirth and adoption leave
  • long-term disability insurance
  • retirement savings plans
  • on-site day care

Greater good

The work we do at Fermilab has a major impact not only for scientific discovery, but also in advancing society.

Our science has multiplying effects in other sciences, industry, medicine, energy conservation, environmental health and national security. Our education and outreach programs reach tens of thousands of people interested in science or in pursuing physics. Our 6,800 acres of prairie is a National Environmental Research Park where our neighbors can enjoy recreational opportunities and all manner of plant and animal wildlife native to the Midwest.