About the Lab


Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(Berkeley Lab) has been a leader in science and engineering technology for more than 65 years, serving as a powerful resource for the nation's scientific enterprise. Operated for the U.S. Department of Energy, which provides the principal source of funds, Berkeley Lab is dedicated to performing leading edge research in the biological, physical, materials, chemical, energy, and computing sciences. The Laboratory also operates unique user facilities available to qualified investigators, including the Advanced Light Source, the National Center for Electron Microscopy, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and the 88-Inch Cyclotron. In addition to its work for the Department of Energy, Berkeley Lab conducts research for other government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as private companies.

The oldest of the Department of Energy national labs, Berkeley Lab has the distinction of being located next to one of the world's foremost universities -- the University of California at Berkeley. The Lab employs a staff of 3,823 people, a portion of whom are faculty and students, and hosts nearly 2,000 participating guests each year. It has an annual budget of about $340 million, and is managed by the University of California.

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