Welcome to the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association!

The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is a volunteer organization of postdocs working for all postdocs.  On our website you can find information on social events, schedule of orientation for new postdoctoral scholars, policy issues of interest to Berkeley postdoctoral scholars, announcements for seminars for professional development, and lists of useful resources

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Events and Announcements for June 2016

The BPA board is always looking for volunteers to help organize fun and enriching events for our postdoctoral community. In particular, we currently need a new volunteer to coordinate the All Talks Considered series, designed to bridge communication across the many fields of research found on the Berkeley campus; if interested, please respond to this email.  For other ways to get involved, please join us at our next board meeting and share your ideas!

Check out the great events for the month of March on our own UC Berkeley campus below




June 1

BPA Happy Hour with beer and pizza, 6:00 pm in front of Pat Brown’s Grill



June 7

PIEP workshop, 6:00 pm,  Stanley Hall, room 105



June 8

Former BPA leader’s career panel, 6:00 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 650



June 16

BPA Monthly Board Meeting, 6:15 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 650



June 27

Movie Monday: The Good Dinosaur, 6:00 pm in Barrows Hall, Room 650





Deadline June 17

PIEP :The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program is recruiting !




NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences




1. BPA Happy Hour

Please come join us Wednesday, June 1st for free pizza, wine, beer, cider and soft drinks, on the Wayne and Gladys Valley Plaza, at 6 pm (outside of Pat Brown’s Grill near Koshland Hall and Li Ka Shing).

IMPORTANT:  Please note that UC Berkeley's Police Department is now requiring us to check IDs. Postdocs who wish to consume alcoholic beverages will need to show their CAL ID and their guests will need to show a form of ID that indicates they are over 21.  Those who do not bring proof of identification that they are over 21 years old unfortunately will not be permitted to drink alcoholic beverages at the BPA Happy Hour.

Email the BPA at vspa@berkeley.edu if you have any further questions.  

DATE: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
TIME: 6:00pm
LOCATION: In front of Pat Brown's Grill, UC Berkeley

2. PIEP workshop: 

The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program is happy to present:

Careers in Technical Consulting with Exponent

Ever heard of technical consulting? Curious, but don't know what to expect? Join us for an evening with Exponent Consulting and learn more about this exciting alternative career path!

Work with a range of clients, from private industry to government agencies to legal professionals, and solve real world problems. Work in a multi-disciplinary setting with hundreds of bright, like-minded engineers and scientists from around the world. Our speakers will discuss their experiences as consultants and present examples of their previous projects.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and talk to representatives about current openings! Attendees of this event will be given priority for spots on the upcoming Exponent Site Visit in early July!

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Exponent Seminar
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Food, beverages, and networking

DATE: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Stanley Hall, Room 105, UC Berkeley

TO REGISTER, please go to this Eventbrite link


3. BPA Leader's Career Panel

The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) cordially invites you to attend a special event where BPA alumni will return to discuss their current careers and how their experience as a BPA Board Member enriched their CVs and expanded their career opportunities.

The following panelists will be in attendance:

Dermot Donnelly
Assistant Professor, Chemical Education
Cal State University Fresno
BPA Role: President 

Justin Elstrott
Scientific Manager
BPA Role: Co-Founder BPEP

Elly Sinkala
Associate at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates
BPA Role: Secretary

Admir Skodo
Instructor, UC Berkeley Extension
BPA Role: Current HSSA board President and former UCB postdoc 

Naresh Sunkara
Founder & CEO, Nosocom Solutions Inc.
BPA Role: Co-Founder BPEP

Chris Tsang
Product Management Consultant
Alaunus Biosciences
BPA Role: Co-Founder PIEP


Food will be provided along with beer and wine. Please make sure to register if you would like to attend.

DATE: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
TIME: 6:15 - 7:45 pm

LOCATION: Barrows Hall, Room 650, UC Berkeley   

TO REGISTER, please go to this Eventbrite link : https://bpavspaleaderscareerpanel8june2016.eventbrite.com

We hope to see you there!

4. BPA Monthly Board Meeting

Would you like to get involved in the Berkeley Postdoc Association?  Do you have ideas about issues that affect postdocs, social events to recommend, or programs you'd like to start?  Come join us!  The BPA is holding regular monthly meetings the third Thursday of every month, and the meeting is open to all UC Berkeley Postdocs.  The BPA is a great way to meet other postdocs, gain leadership experience, and make a difference in the postdoc community.  Come join us at 6:00 pm in Barrows HallRoom 650 , Thursday April 21st.  Pizza and refreshments are included.  

DATE: Thursday, June 16th, 2016
TIME: 6 pm
LOCATION: Barrows Hall, Room 650, UC Berkeley  

5. Movie Monday

The Good Dinosaur

Join us for this month's family friendly movie Night!  Light refreshments provided.  

DATE: Monday, June 27th, 2016
TIME: 6 pm
LOCATION: Barrows Hall, Room 650, UC Berkeley  

6. Invitation to Join the Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) Committee

Are you looking for a career outside of academia? Want to meet top minds in industry and expand your career options, all while networking and building leadership experience? Join the PIEP committee! Every year PIEP hosts over a dozen events, from workshops on alternative careers to site visits with local companies--all of which are organized by postdocs like you! (See below.) Have an idea for an event you'd like to see? Join us and make it happen! 

Who should apply? We are interested in candidates from all fields to expand the range of our events to meet the interests of our postdoc community. 

What is the commitment? The committee meets every two weeks and each member is expected to help organize site visits and workshops throughout the year.  This averages to about two hours per week.

If you are interested in being a part of a nationwide movement to improve scientific training for non-academic careers, please email a short description of yourself, including why you would are a good fit for the PIEP committee and any suggestions for new workshops or site visits. 

To: UCB.piep@gmail.com 
Subject: “PIEP 2016 Recruiting”
Application deadline: June 17th

Recent site visits: Medtronic, Amgen, Bolt Threads, Novartis, Genentech, Aduro, Gilead, Invitae
Recent workshops: Data Science, Recruiter's Perspective, Robotics, Consulting, Google Life Science

7. NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (Volunteer Opportunity)

Each Thursday, the California Academy of Sciences hosts NightLife, an adults-only (age 21+) event. In addition to the regular museum exhibits, there are also drinks, food, music and special presentations revolving around a changing weekly theme. Following the different weekly themes, we bring in relevant local scientists and companies to present their work and research to NightLife museum visitors. We would like to invite local postdoctoral researchers to join us at upcoming events to present on their work and research. 

 Upcoming NightLife Schedule 

Please do not PUBLICLY share NightLife dates more than one month in advance, but please DO pass on this information with anyone (collaborators, colleagues, friends, etc) who may be interested in joining us as a presenter. The descriptions are our some of our initial ideas for each week but please feel free to suggest any additional topics that may tie in and match the night’s theme! 

Dates marked with asterisks (**) are weeks that we currently have the greatest need for presenters. 

**June 2 – Wine Night 

  • Science behind wine production and viticulture 
  • Science of taste combinations 
  • Fermentation 

June 9 – Ocean Theme/Twilight opening 

  • Anything ocean related! 
  • Research on environment, food, climate change, etc., as it pertains to the ocean

June 16 – NightLife LIVE 

  • Summer Concert series from May – October. We are looking for high visual presentations that can be present at multiple nights throughout the summer. Please inquire for more details. 

**June 23 – PRIDE NightLife 

  • Celebration of Gay Pride – Science of sexuality, individual diversity 
  • Colors in nature

June 30 – World Asteroid Day 

  • Asteroids, craters, space! 

Presentation Details 

Table presentations are laid out throughout the museum, with visitors walking through and stopping by tables throughout the night. Successful presentations include some interactive components (demos, specimens, games, etc.) along with informational material such as posters, fact sheets, and short verbal presentations. Photos from past events can be found on the NightLife Facebook page, to help you gain a better understanding of the presentation format. Presenters generally have a great deal of freedom and flexibility regarding the content of their presentation, as long as it loosely ties in with the night's theme. While we mostly look for tabling presentations, we are also open to workshops, games and lectures if they are suitable for the night’s events. 

Attendance at these events ranges from 2000-3500 people, with a few hundred visitors typically stopping by tables throughout the night. Attendees generally have a high school/early college level of science education, so it helps to develop a presentation that focuses more on general concepts rather than all the specific details of your particular research area. This is a great opportunity to present your research to an interested but broad public audience. 

Logistical Details 

Set up time is from 5-6pm, and NightLife runs from 6-10pm, though tables typically wind down around 9pm. Presenters receive complimentary pizza and drink tickets, as well as a guest list for free entry for family and friends to come see you! 

Our goal is to have presenters confirmed 4-6 weeks in advance of the event. Anyone potentially interested in presenting should email the NightLife Scientific Programming Volunteer Julie Choe (jchoe@calacademy.org) to start a conversation, or even just if you have any questions


For more information, look us up at http://postdoc.berkeley.edu/ or to sign up for postdocnet; an informal list to exchange info and look for furniture, housing, etc. - go to  https://calmail.berkeley.edu/manage/list/listinfo/postdocnet@lists.berkeley.edu

If you know someone that doesn’t receive our emails, but would like to, they need to REGISTER their email address.  To register or to change the address your emails are sent to, write to vspa@berkeley.edu

Your Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) http://postdoc.berkeley.edu/ or find us on LinkedIn and Facebook  

 Interested in Outreach? 

Community Resources for Science:  www.crscience.org

Community Resources for Science (CRS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and engaging educators, students, and scientists in a vibrant community working together to excite all children about learning through the scientific exploration. CRS is funded by foundation and corporate grants, including UC Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and private donations. Through the Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) program, CRS recruits, prepares, and places Cal scientists and science students into local classrooms to deliver hands-on science lessons aligned with state standards, and to serve as enthusiastic and diverse role models.  CRS also facilitates classroom placements for various Cal education outreach groups, provides information and support services to teachers in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and other local schools, and partners with Cal campus programs for pre-service teachers including CalTeach and Environmental Leadership Pathway