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

Site visit
Zymergen has invited the LBNL postdoc community to visit their headquarters. Zymergen is a company that integrates automation, machine learning and genomics to unlock new sources of molecular diversity. The visit will take place on...
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Meet & Greet
Join a "Spring Celebration" Meet&Greet on Thursday, April 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm on the cafeteria patio with special guests, our peers from the Mathematical Science Research Institute. At 5:00 pm we invite you for an Advanced Light Source tour.
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Bike Ride
Our bike rides are back! On April 20th, 10 am we will take the Bay Shore Trail north to Point Richmond to enjoy the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline before heading back. The whole trip will be...
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Cultural Lunch
Wanna learn how it is to bike below the sea? Join our cultural lunch on April 26th, 2019 when Arnoud Everhardt, a postdoc in the Materials Sciences Division, tells us about his home country - The Netherlands: biking below the sea. We will meet at noon in Perseverance Hall 54-130.
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Past events

BLPA at National Postdoc Annual Conference
Our BLPA representatives together with the LBNL Postdoc Manager have an amazing opportunity to participate in the National Postdoc Association Annual Conference in Orlando. 3...
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Hike Mount Diablo
On Sunday April 7th, 19 Berkeley lab postdocs went on a hiking trip to Mount Diablo State park, about an hour away from Berkely. Hiking...
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LINC Launch March 27th
Thank you all for giving our newest program LINC, Lab-Industry Networking Connection, such a warm welcome last Wednesday March 27th! We had a great afternoon...
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Postdoc Orientation – April 2019
Welcome to our March new postdocs at Berkeley Lab! Download presentation.
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Escape room
On Saturday, March 30, BLPA went to the Madame Tussauds Escape Room in San Francisco. The two groups successfully escaped in less than the regular...
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Biotech by the Beach – Santa Cruz
On Saturday March 16, 2019, we went to Santa Cruz for a full day excursion. In the morning, we visited Startup Sandbox, a new biotechnology...
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Briones hike
A group of 22 Berkeley lab postdocs went on a hiking trip to Briones Regional park on Sunday March 17, 2019, which is just a...
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Cultural lunch with Laurie Stephey – Florida
On Friday 08/03/2019, Laurie Stephey, a postdoc in NERSC, told us about her home state - Florida. Florida: the Sunshine State, the lightning strike capital of the US, 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!

Roel Van Beeumen
Computational Research Division

Maria Żurek
Nuclear Science Division

Ngoc Bui
Molecular Foundry
Committee Coordinator Communication

Sneha Jani
Molecular Foundry
Committee Coordinator LINC

Arnoud Everhardt
Materials Sciences Division
Committee Coordinator Outdoor & Secretary

Leticia Arnedo-Sanchez
Chemical Sciences Division
Committee Coordinator Social

Karol Krizka
Physics Division

Venkitesh Ayyar
Board Member

Sophia Betzler
Materials Sciences Division
Board Member

Junsong Lin
Physics Division
Board Member

Ro-Ya Liu
Advanced Light Source
Board Member

Fadji Maina
Energy Geosciences Division
Board Member