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

News and Upcoming Events

Dinner & Pub Night: Friday, July 12 LaVal’s Pizza & Triple Rock Brewing

This month’s BLPA dinner & pub night will be taking place Friday July 12th!
We will start at 6:30 pm at LaVal’s Pizza (1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley) followed by Triple Rock Brewing (1920 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley).

Come for food (not on the house) and fun with your fellow postdocs and make awesome new friends. 

Read More "Dinner & Pub Night: Friday, July 12 LaVal’s Pizza & Triple Rock Brewing"

Join the Team & Make a Difference: Help organize the “Annual Career Fair” on August 9, 2024!

Ever dreamed of being behind the scenes of an event that sparks careers? This is your moment! The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Affairs, Career Pathways Office, Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Association, and Berkeley Postdoc Association are joining forces for the Annual Career Fair 2024, and we need YOU!

Volunteering with us isn’t just about giving back; it’s a golden ticket to network, reach out to companies you admire, and polish those professional emailing skills. Whether you’re looking to dip your toes in or dive deep, we have a spot for everyone across a variety of roles.

This is more than an event; it’s a community effort to bring opportunities and growth to our postdoc family. Don’t miss out on your chance to contribute, connect, and maybe even meet your future employer!

Interested? Let us know by filling out this form to indicate your interest and feel free to reach out to the BLPA or CPO with any questions you might have. Let’s make this Career Fair unforgettable – together!

The Teams at Berkeley Lab Postdoc Affairs, Career Pathways Office, Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Association, and Berkeley Postdoc Association

Read More "Join the Team & Make a Difference: Help organize the “Annual Career Fair” on August 9, 2024!"

Register for the Postdoc Career Fair on August 9, 2024!Next event: To be announced

Date: Friday, August 9, 2024
Location: UC Berkeley Pauley Ballroom

We are pleased to announce the 2024 Postdoc Career Fair, an exclusive event for Berkeley Lab Postdocs and UC Berkeley Postdocs, Visiting Scholars, and Visiting Student Researchers. This event is designed to connect you with potential employers and provide valuable networking opportunities. Register now to secure your spot and take advantage of this valuable career development opportunity. We look forward to your participation!

The Teams at Berkeley Lab Postdoc Affairs, Career Pathways Office, Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Association, and Berkeley Postdoc Association

Read More "Register for the Postdoc Career Fair on August 9, 2024!Next event: To be announced"

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.

Read More "Slack Fun Space"

Past events

Hiking: Montara Mountain, Black Diamond Mines and Mount Sizer

In May, the BLPA hiking group was extraordinarily active. On May 4, which was one of the last rainy days this spring, we climbed Montara...
Read More "Hiking: Montara Mountain, Black Diamond Mines and Mount Sizer"

Fostering Collaboration between National Labs – Panel discussion

On May 20, BLPA, in conjunction with the Argonne Postdoc Society and Livermore Lab Postdoc Association, hosted a panel discussion with representatives of all three...
Read More "Fostering Collaboration between National Labs – Panel discussion"

Hiking: Murietta Falls

On Saturday, April 27, BLPA hikers embarked on a challenging journey towards the Murietta Falls, the highest waterfall in the Bay Area, located in the...
Read More "Hiking: Murietta Falls"

Hiking: Pinnacles national park

On April 13, a group of LBL postdocs and affiliates went hiking in the Pinnacles National Park. Even though the weather wasn't the best, the...
Read More "Hiking: Pinnacles national park"

Tech Talk

The BLPA Tech Talk featuring Jeremy Greeter and Lucian Sweitzer from LBL's Intellectual Property Office was successfully held on Friday, April 19th at 1pm via...
Read More "Tech Talk"

Thanksgiving Pot Luck Lunch

While Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when Americans would gather with family, many postdocs live far from family or come from overseas. On Thanksgiving, November...
Read More "Thanksgiving Pot Luck Lunch"

Hiking: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

On December 2, 2023, BLPA members embraced the serene beauty of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. This hike was a delightful escape into nature, blending scenic...
Read More "Hiking: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park"

Hiking: Mt. Tallac

On November 29, 2023, the BLPA team embarked on a spectacular hike up Mt. Tallac. This exhilarating climb was not just a test of endurance...
Read More "Hiking: Mt. Tallac"


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!


Bernard Field

Molecular Foundry

Archana Yadav

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Kshitiz Gupta
, Social Committee

The Joint BioEnergy Institute

Soumyadeep Ghosh
CoordinatorOutreach Committee & Treasurer

The Joint BioEnergy Institute

Trisha Kishore Bhagde
Coordinator, Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC) Committee

Energy Storage & Distributed Resources

Kas Andrle
& Board Member

Material Sciences

Jan Dvorak
Webmaster & Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division

Mauricio Lopez Luna
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division/ALS

Ivo Markovic
Board Member

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Dennis Noll
Board Member


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.