Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association is an organization run by and for about 1000 postdocs and early career scientists working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. We organize many activities to strengthen our ties to the Lab, to each other and to the (Berkeley) Bay Area. Our goal is to facilitate social interactions, scientific exchanges, seminars and general orientation.

Upcoming Events

Join BLPA on Saturday, August 17th for a hike to the Muir Woods National Monument to see the beautiful towering old-growth redwood trees while enjoying hiking in nature! Those interested please RSVP.
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Postdoc to postdoc

Join our Postdoc to Postdoc talks with Priyanka Runwal about Communicating Science: What to do when a journalist calls? on Wednesday, August 21st, at noon in Perseverance Hall 54-130.

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Meet & Greet
Join us at the cafeteria on Thursday 22nd at 4pm for some snacks and refreshments. Stay around a little longer and get a free tour of the ALS synchrotron from 5-6pm.
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Cultural Lunch
On Friday, August 30th, Junsong Lin, a postdoc in the Physics Division, will tell us about Canton, China: where the mountains are high and the emperor is far away. We meet at noon in Perseverance Hall 54-130.
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Past events

Hike to Muir Woods National Monument
On Saturday, the 17th of August 2019, a group of 25 postdocs went to Muir Woods National Monument. Surrounded by mist, they hiked along the...
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Cultural Lunch – Australia
On Friday, August 9, 2019, we explored the Land Down Under with Sally Robertson, a postdoc at the Nuclear Science Division.
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Postdoc Orientation – August
Welcome to Berkeley Lab! You can find slides from our August orientation here.
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Bike Ride to the Golden Gate Bridge
On 3rd August 2019, a group of Berkeley Lab postdocs embarked on a bike ride to the Golden Gate bridge. Using the BART to cross...
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Hike: Alamere Falls
A group of 15 postdocs went on a hike to Alamere Falls on Saturday, July 20. On route to the Palomarin Trailhead, we were treated...
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Camping trip
Camping! That sounds scary for postdocs who are used to four solid walls separating themselves and their lab from the dangerous outside world! Still, 14...
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4th of July Barbecue
On the fourth of July, BLPA organized the traditional barbecue in a park South Berkeley. We spent the afternoon grilling meat and vegetables and enjoying...
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Kayaking @ Russian river
On Saturday June 29th, a group of 16 brave postdocs went down to conquer the streams of the Russian River - in 'enemy' territory, children...
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BLPA Board

BLPA is made up of volunteers – and we are always looking to grow! Are you interested? Do you want to know about the inner workings of BLPA and contribute to the postdoc community, building a larger network? Please contact us (postdoc (at) or sign up to check out one of our many committees!

Leticia Arnedo-Sanchez
Chemical Sciences Division

Maria ┼╗urek
Nuclear Science Division
Personal website

Louise Lassalle
Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division
Committee Coordinator Social

Fadji Maina
Energy Geosciences Division
Committee Coordinator Communication
Personal website

Venkitesh Ayyar
Computational Research Division
Committee Coordinator Outdoor & Secretary
Personal website

Arnoud Everhardt
Materials Sciences Division
Committee Leader – LINC

Karol Krizka
Physics Division

Jonathan Madsen
Board Member

Nameera Baig
Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division
Board Member

Pei Li
Energy Geosciences Division
Board Member

Ro-Ya Liu
Advanced Light Source
Board Member