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

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association, Postdoc Office, as well as, Division and Areas prepared special events for our amazing postdoc community during the Postdoc Appreciation Week on September 16th-20th. Check our flyer summarizing all the NPAW19 activities at Berkeley Lab.

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The Postdoc Office is hosting for the third year the Lab SLAM on Thursday, September 19, from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, with winners announced on the Cafeteria patio at 4:30pm. There will be a reception to follow on our Berkeley Lab Cafeteria Patio.

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Great Cultural Game

On Friday, September 20, we invite all of you to join the trivia game about all the countries we visited during our Cultural Lunches this year and contribute to the international potluck with your favourite national dish or snack. We meet at noon at the ALS Patio.

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Join BLPA on Saturday, September 28th for a hike in the Big Basin Redwood State Park, California's oldest State Park. Those interested please   RSVP.
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Past events

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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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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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