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

Pub Night
On Friday, July 12th, stop by Doc's Refresher (984 University 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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Meet & Greet
With the summer season, we invite all the interns to join us for an informal get to know each other at the Cafeteria at 4pm on Thursday 18th
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Cultural Lunch
Join us on July 19th (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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Alamere Falls Hike
Next hike will be on Saturday, July 20th to explore the northern tip of Alamere falls, a relatively long hike with a gentle coastal breeze towards a beach waterfall. Please RSVP.
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Past events

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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Hike – Tomales Point Trail
A group of postdocs hiked to the tip of Tomales Point, in Point Reyes National Seashore. The wildflowers were in full bloom, and there were...
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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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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

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