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

Tech Talk

Friday, September 2nd, 12:00 PM, Tech Talk: Keystone

The Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC) Committee invites you to the next virtual tech talk about working and career opportunities at Keystone – a business management consulting firm. Anna Lischke (Engagement Manager) will talk about how she uses her PhD to help lawyers make better legal arguments. Join this Q&A session to know more, especially the opportunities for postdocs. Mark your calendar and join this Zoom Q&A session!

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Sunday, September 4, 10am, Hiking in Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

BLPA is happy to invite you to our first hike this month this Sunday (09/04) in the Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA. This hike is a 6-mile loop trail (West Ridge and French Trail Loop) with a total elevation gain of ~900 ft. The trail passes through the heart of the redwood forest, which is the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood found in the East Bay. The route is considered moderately challenging and it may take approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Also, a significant part of the hike is tree-shaded. Please see this link for more details. Sign up here to join.

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BLPA Anniversary

Friday, September 2nd, 6-9 PM, BLPA Anniversary at Cornerstone

Join us in celebrating the 6th anniversary of the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association at Cornerstone this Friday, September 2nd from 6-9 PM! The event will be catered (with vegetarian & vegan options) and your first drink is on us!
Due to a max occupancy from Cornerstone, we would like to gauge interest (and get a sense of numbers) by having you RSVP here! We will prioritize entry to Berkeley Lab postdocs so please RSVP with your Berkeley Lab email and bring your badge to the event!
We hope to see you there & look forward to celebrating with you! 

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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

4th of July BBQ

Several LBNL postdocs celebrated the Independence day with a BBQ at Live Oak Park, in Berkeley. It was a great day, with music, games and...
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Cultural Lunch: Swedish Midsummer

On Wednesday June 15th, Emil Rofors, a postdoc in the Nuclear Science Division, and his family told us about Swedish Midsummer and the traditions related...
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Hiking: Tomales Point

On Sunday June 5th, a group of postdocs from LBNL explored the Point Reyes National Seashore, hiking up to Tomales Point, the northern end of...
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Hiking: Angel Island

On Sunday May 22nd, many postdocs from LBNL together with members from the gLoBaL and Asian Pacific Islander groups hiked to the top of mount...
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Trip to Yosemite

On Saturday May 14th, a group of postdocs from LBNL went for a day trip to Yosemite, were they hiked to Vernal and Nevada Falls....
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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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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

Fatima H. Garcia
Board Member

Nuclear Science 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.