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

Next hike will be on Saturday, June 15th to explore the northern tip of Point Reyes.  Please RSVP here.
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Barbecue BYOM

Let’s kick off the barbecue season with a family friendly gathering on Sunday, June 16th (noon to 5pm) starting at noon at Point Pinole (Richmond).

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Meet & Greet
As we are starting the dry season, we will wait for you at the Cafeteria Patio with ice cream on Thursday, June 20th at 4 pm.
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Cultural Lunch
Join us on June 28th (Friday) to learn about Mexico with Patricia Valdespino, a postdoc in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging division. We will meet at noon in Perseverance Hall 54-130.
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Past events

Zymergen site visit
On May 14th, the Lab-Industry Network Connection (LINC) organized the first company site visit to directly experience their working culture. A group of 20 postdocs...
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Postdoc Orientation – June 2019
Welcome to our May new postdocs at Berkeley Lab! Download presentation.
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Meet&Greet and Molecular Foundry Tour
Our May Meet&Greet took place in the Molecular Foundry. First, we had a VIP tour at the facility highlighting the research which is conducted there....
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Hike Rock City
On Sunday, May 12th, Berkeley Lab Postdocs went to Mt Diablo state park to enjoy the various spectacular geological formations and the amazing panoramic views...
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Networking event at Buck Institut
We went to Buck Institute - Novato Ca for a full-day event organized by the Bay Area Postdoc Association ( We started with a networking...
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Ukraine – Cultural Lunch
Dmytro Oliinychenko from the Nuclear Science Division told us about his home country: Ukraine. We learned about geography, food, and sports; all accompanied by homemade...
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Postdoc to Postdoc: a peer-to-peer mentoring conversation!
We launched a new peer-to-peer mentoring activity! Last Wednesday, Louise Lassalle, a postdoc in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, shared her personal experience...
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The Netherlands – Cultural Lunch
The Netherlands - which is NOT the same as Holland. Holland is only a small part of it. A country of flatness, water, biking and...
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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 Coordinator Social

Fadji Maina
Energy Geosciences Division
Committee Coordinator Communication
Personal website

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

Karol Krizka
Physics Division

Ro-Ya Liu
Advanced Light Source
Board Member

Jonathan Madsen
Board Member

Nameera Baig
Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division
Board Member

Pei Li
Energy Geosciences Division
Board Member

Arnoud Everhardt
Materials Sciences Division
Board Member