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

Postdoc to Postdoc

On Friday, October 4th, Ludovico Bianchi from the Computational Research Division will lead a brown bag:; A Busy Scientist's Guide to Creating a Personal Webpage. We meet at noon in Pers Hall B54-130.

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Pub Night

On Friday, October 4th, stop by Raleigh’s (2438 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley) on your way home starting at 6 pm for dinner followed by our monthly Pub Night at 7 pm.

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Cultural Lunch

This month our Cultural Lunches bring us first to Portugal on Wednesday, October 9th, with Ligia Diana Pinto de Almeida Amorim from the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division. We meet at noon in Pers Hall B54-130.

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Site visit
On October 14th (Monday), we will organize a site visit to Cerebras, a computer systems company in Los Altos dedicated to accelerating AI research.  If you are interested, RSVP here.
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Past events

Postdoc to Postdoc
On Friday, October 4th, Ludovico Bianchi from the Computational Research Division lead a brown bag:; A Busy Scientist's Guide to Creating a Personal Webpage. The talk provided an outline of the...
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Postdoc Orientation – October’19
Welcome to Berkeley Lab! You can find slides from our October orientation here.
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Great Cultural Game
On Friday, September 20, we celebrated the National Postdoc Appreciation Week with the trivia game about all the countries we visited during our Cultural Lunches and the international potluck with...
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Hike to Big Basin Redwoods State Park
A group of 12 postdocs went to Big Basin Redwoods State Park on Saturday, September 28th, 2019, to embark on a long hike. They hiked...
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Hiking in Angel Island State Park
A group of 24 postdocs went to Angel Island State Park on Saturday September 7th, 2019. Driving to Tiburon, they took a ferry to reach...
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Cultural Lunch – Canton, China
On Friday, August 30th, Junsong Lin, a postdoc in the Physics Division and a BLPA volunteer in the Outdoor Committee, gave us a great overview...
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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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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

Louise Lassalle
Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division
Committee Leader –  Social

Fadji Maina
Energy Geosciences Division
Committee Leader – Communication
Personal website

Venkitesh Ayyar
Computational Research Division
Committee Leader –  Outdoor & Secretary
Personal website


Gözde Barım

Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division
Committee Leader – LINC

Karol Krizka
Physics Division

Jonathan Madsen
Board Member

Pei Li
Energy Geosciences Division
Board Member