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, November 8th, stop by  Casa Latina (1805 San Pablo Ave Berkeley) at 6 pm to enjoy Mexican food followed by our monthly Pub Night at 7 pm at Albatross. Note that only cash is accepted at this place.

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Cultural Lunch

On Friday, November 15th, Muaaz Awan, a postdoc in NERSC, will introduce us to his home country Pakistan. We meet at noon in Pers Hall B54-130

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Join BLPA on Saturday, November 16th for a hike to the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve.
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Thanksgiving Potluck

Join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th, for an International Potluck Party at UC Berkeley University Village from 4 to 8 pm. Please register here.

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Past events

Hike to Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
A group of 21 postdocs went to the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 16th, 2019 to embark on the Windy Hill Loop....
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Postdoc Orientation – November
Our monthly orientation for new LBNL postdocs took place on Tuesday, November 5. The orientation slides are available here
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Halloween Meet&Greet
Our November Meet&Greet was full of spooky networking fueled by tons of Halloween candy and ice-cream. We had special guests this month, a group of...
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LINC Seminar about Quantum Computing
On Wednesday October 23rd, Dr. Jeffrey Welser, a Vice President in IBM Research, presented a seminar: The Future of Computing: Bits + Neurons + Qbits....
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Hike to Mt. Tamalpais State Park
A group of 16 postdocs went to Mt Tamalpais State Park on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, to embark on a long hike. They hiked along...
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Postdoc to Postdoc
On Friday, October 4th, Ludovico Bianchi from the Computational Research Division lead a brown bag:; A Busy Scientist's Guide to Creating a Personal Webpage. The talk provided an outline of the...
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Postdoc Orientation – October’19
Welcome to Berkeley Lab! You can find slides from our October orientation here.
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Great Cultural Game
On Friday, September 20, we celebrated the National Postdoc Appreciation Week with the trivia game about all the countries we visited during our Cultural Lunches and the international potluck with...
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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!

Board Members


Leticia Arnedo-Sanchez
Chemical Sciences Division

Gözde Barım
Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division
Committee Leader – LINC

Fadji Maina
Energy Geosciences Division
Committee Leader – Communication
Personal website

Venkitesh Ayyar
Computational Research Division
Committee Leader –  Outdoor & Secretary
Personal website


Yusen Qiao
Chemical Sciences Division
Board Member

Karol Krizka
Physics Division

Jonathan Madsen
Board Member