BLPA career workshops

The career workshops are now part of the Berkeley Lab curriculum: Postdoc Resources – Courses and Workshop.

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Past seminars

BLPA Careers #8 – Panel discussion with alumni working in the industry
Thursday February 1st, 2017 at 6pm in building 50 Auditorium

Panel discussion with former lab postdocs Leonard Eun (Wells Fargo), Burak Ozdol (Western Digital), and Cameron Coates (Zymergen)

BLPA careers #7 – Insight Data Science : LBNL Alumni Panel on Transitioning to Careers in Data Science
Thursday October 12, 2017 at 6pm in building 50 Auditorium

Insight is now accepting applications for the January 2018 fellowships in Data Science, Health Data Science, Data Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence.

900+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Github, Slack, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Pinterest, Microsoft, and 250+ other top companies.

Insight Fellows Programs:
– 7 week, full-time training fellowship
– Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers & AI specialists
– Join an active community of Insight alumni
– Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
– Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Application Deadline: October 23rd, 2017
Insight awards four distinct Fellowships – learn more & apply:

BLPA Careers #6 – Interviewing for the industry
Monday July 27th, 2017 at 6pm in building 50 Auditorium
Talk by Nina Mazurova (UC Berkeley); 45 min presentation + 45 min Q&A
Event description here.

Nina Mazurova addressing Berkeley Lab postdocs

BLPA Careers #5 – How to use social media to advance your research career
Monday April 3rd, 2017 at 11am in building 50 Auditorium
Talk by Catharine Adams (UC Berkeley)

BLPA careers #4 – Insight Data Science : LBNL Alumni Panel on Transitioning to Careers in Data Science
Thursday March 9, 2017 at 6pm in building 50 Auditorium

Please register here.

Since 2012 the Insight Data Science Fellows Program has helped over 800 students, postdocs and industry professionals transition to careers in data science and engineering. Come hear 4 LBNL alumni who have been through the Insight Fellowship discuss their career journeys!

About the Moderator: Kathy Copic is the VP of Growth at Insight Data Science, where she works on expanding Insight to new locations. Before that, she worked in Experimental Particle Physics at labs including CERN, Fermilab, SLAC, Lawrence Berkeley, and Brookhaven. She earned her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Michigan, was a post-doc in the same field at Columbia, and worked as a Staff Scientist at Berkeley National Lab before starting at Insight.

Jeffrey Silverman is a Data Scientist at Samba TV where he uses big data to figure exactly how many people are really watching Westworld. He is a graduate of the Insight Data Science Program (class of 16C). Before that, Jeff was an astrophysics postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied exploding stars. He earned his PhD at UC Berkeley working exploding stars and dark energy with the Filippenko group on campus and the Nugent group at LBNL.

Joel Swenson is a Program Director at Insight Data Science, where he leads the Health Data Science Program in San Francisco. Previously he studied nuclear organization and epigenomics. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and was a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab before joining Insight.

Matt George leads the data science team at Airware, a commercial drone startup in San Francisco. Previously he worked at Square in data science and software engineering roles, and completed a fellowship at Insight Data Science. He earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics at UC Berkeley, working with the cosmology group at LBL.

BLPA careers #3 – Publishing Scientific Research  and How to Write High-Impact  Scientific Papers
Friday, November 18th, 2016  at 10:45am in Aud50
with John Uhlrich, editior-in-chief of Energy Technology.
(pictures, slides)

BLPA careers #2 – Career at colleges
October 15th, 2016 11-12am, Building 50 Auditorium (originally scheduled on September 15th)
with Tom Donnelly from Harvey Mudd College ( Department of physics

“Are you thinking about what you’d like to do after graduate school or your current post-doc?  If so, have you considered a faculty position at a top-flight college, a place where you can both teach and do meaningful research with the best undergraduates in the country?  It’s worth thinking about.

The physics department at Harvey Mudd College will make a number of tenure-track appointments over the next few years, and we are eager to attract outstanding physicists who are passionate about working with undergraduates.  In my brief talk I will try to give you a sense of what life is like as a faculty member at an undergraduate institution, in particular, at Harvey Mudd College, located just outside of Los Angeles.  There will be plenty of time for Q & A.” (corresponding blog post)

BLPA career workshop #1 – interviewing in Industry and at National Labs
August 24, 2016 3-5pm, Building 50 Auditorium
with Michel Fouré from LBNL (

The workshop is the first one in the career workshop series organized by Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association that aim to help postdocs at the lab improve their professional development skills that are needed in planning and achieving a successful career.

Job interview is an important yet challenging step to successfully landing a position. This 2­ hours workshop will cover commonly encountered challenges while preparing, during and after the interview process, as well as measures that can be taken to address them.

Register here.