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.
Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association
Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

News and Upcoming Events


Saturday, May 21st, 10am, Bouldering at Pacific Pipe

BLPA invites you to a bouldering session at Pacific Pipe, Oakland. Bouldering is a style of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. Bouldering walls are low enough that climbers can leap (or tumble) onto the mats without getting hurt. All you need is a pair of climbing shoes, which can be rented at the gym. Newcomers and seasoned climbers are welcome! Come climb and have a “rocking” good time! Sign up here!

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Angel Island Hike

Sunday, May 22nd, 8:30 AM, Angel Island Hike

The BLPA will be hiking Angel Island on Sunday, May 22nd! The hike is to the top of Mount Livermore on Angel Island. We will picnic near the mountain top before doing a loop around the island. Weather-permitting, this hike gives you a 360-degree panoramic view of the Bay Area. We will be coordinating travel via ferries. Please sign up here!

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Game Night

Wednesday, May 18th, 7:30 PM, Game Night

Please sign up in this spreadsheet to join our monthly fun event to connect with LBL postdocs and play your favorite games. Feel free to invite your friends and family. All the games are simple to play, no prior experience required. If you have an idea for a simple-to-play-via-Zoom game feel free to contact us at Volunteers who host game rooms will receive BLPA swags.

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Slack Fun Space

We have launched a new Slack “fun space” for all LBNL and affiliated postdocs.
We have dedicated spaces to chat about housing, healthcare, taxes, COVID-19 & vaccination, hobbies & events, food, movies & tv, childcare, sell or buy stuff and even to post photos of your pets! Sign up here and join the conversation.

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Past events

Postdoc-to-Postdoc: Career development as a postdoc – How to tackle common issues

In case you missed the panel discussion with Dr. Hualan Lui, a research scientist from the Joint Genome Institute, about career development as a postdoc,...
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After working together as a community and pooling our Bucketlist Points, the BLPA has officially been given the opportunity to name a Berkeley Lab Goat! The postdoc community...
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Pottery Workshop

On Saturday April 30th, a small group of postdocs from LBNL attended a pottery workshop at UC Berkeley campus. They learned how to create beautiful...
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Hiking: Mount Diablo

On a cloudy Saturday, April 16th, a group of postdocs from LBNL hiked all the way up to Mount Diablo. Even if the weather was...
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Hiking: Little Yosemite

On Saturday March 26th, many postdocs from LBNL and UCB went for a hike in Little Yosemite, in the Sunol Regional Wilderness. The name comes...
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Postdoc-to-Postdoc: Incorporating Machine Learning into Experimental Science

If you missed the talk about incorporating machine learning into experimental science given by Alexander Pattison, a postdoc from the Molecular Foundry, you can find...
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Hiking: Berkeley Hills

On Sunday March 13th, a group of postdocs enjoyed a local hike in the Berkeley hills. As usual, the view was astonishing! If interested in...
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On Saturday March 5th, some postdocs from LBNL met at the Pacific Pipe Gym in Oakland for a bouldering session. It was a rocking good...
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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!


Elle Barnes

Joint Genome Institute

Alexander Pattison

Molecular Foundry

Maximilian Bremer, Committee Leader
Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC)

Computational Research Division

Rajiv Ramanujam Prabhakar, Committee Leader

Chemical Sciences Division

Christian Messe, Committee Leader

Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics division

Alice Gatti

Computational Research Division

Jonelle Basso

Joint Genome Institute

Pramod Bhuvankar
Board Member

Energy Geosciences Division

David Halat
Board Member

Materials Sciences Division

Emil Rofors
Board Member

Nuclear Science Division

Moniruzzaman Shaikh
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division

Weronika Wolszczak
Board Member

Materials Sciences Division

Lisa Claus
Board Member

Computational Research Division

BLPA Committees

We are always on the lookout for new events that could be fun and that we can bring to the postdoc community together as well as enthusiastic individuals interested in serving the postdoc community. If you have any ideas for events, please let us know by email to or by dropping a line to a board member you know. If you’d like to volunteer with BLPA, please fill out this form.

Social Committee

Social Committee puts together a wide variety of events to enrich the postdocs’ personal lives and support networking among postdocs in a social context. We organize social events and outdoor activities including movie nights, game nights, hikes, pub nights, meet & greet events as well as a labmate program for new postdocs and we are happy to include new ideas. Join us to support social interactions among postdocs at Berkeley Lab.

Outreach Committee

Outreach Committee focuses on self development and diversity & inclusion activities including brown bag seminars (postdoc-to-postdoc, science café, cultural lunch) as well as coffee with postdocs blogs, outreach events and workshops. We also enhance communication between the BLPA Board and nation-wide postdoc community and foster networking and collaborative communication across divisions. Join us in preparing seminars, workshops, blog posts, newsletters while improving your science communication and public speaking skills.

Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC) Committee

LINC committee organizes tech talks, company site visits, networking events and career fairs to educate postdocs about careers beyond academia and facilitate effective networking between postdocs and industry partners. Join us if you are interested in expanding your professional network and exploring opportunities beyond academia while improving your communication, networking, leadership, time and project management skills.