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

Meet the Board 2016 - 2017 

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Events and Announcements for August 2017

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, send an email to vspa@berkeley.edu.  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.




May 3

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



May 11

PIEP presentation with Denali Therapeutics, 6:00 PM 105 Stanley Hall



May 15

OPEN luncheon and discussion, 12:00 PM 650 Barrows Hall



May 18

BPA Monthly Board Meeting, 12:00 PM CR11 California Hall




Last Monday of each month

BPA Movie Monday needs volunteers to help pick up refreshments, set up the room, etc. Please contact Valentine Trotter (vvtrotter@lbl.gov).


The BPA congratulates the Spring 2017 winners of the Berkeley Postdoc Association Professional Development Award! This award provides the winners up to $500 to cover travel, accommodation, or registration costs for an academic conference of their choosing. Awardees were selected through an application process that prioritizes the significance of the conference for the postdoc’s career, the contributions the postdoc has made to the UC Berkeley postdoc community, and financial need. Congratulations to our outstanding winners listed below! The next cycle of applications will take place in Fall 2017.

Benjamin Frandsen

Carl Schwendinger-Schreck

Christian Herold

Daniele Michlmayr

Diana Fusco

Dusan Licina

GaHun Boo

Hyangsoo Jeong

James Angus Chandler

Jamie Schwendinger-Schreck

Jennifer Miller

Jens Stevens

Jingtuo Zhang

Johnathan Brantley

Lucy Tran

Milan Delor

Ramsey McGlazer

Raphaele Clement

Yu Luo




Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP)

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 be a good fit for the PIEP committee and any suggestions for future workshops or site visits. 

To: UCB.piep@gmail.com 

Subject: “PIEP 2017 Recruiting”

Recent site visits: Verily, Amgen, Bolt Threads, Novartis, Genentech, Facebook, Gilead, Caribou

Recent workshops: Data Science, Recruiter's Perspective, Robotics, Consulting, Startup Career Fair

Career Pathways Program

Career Pathways is designed to expose Berkeley postdocs of various disciplines to diverse career options and to connect them with PhDs working in exciting fields outside of academia. In small workshops, talks, or group discussions, invited speakers report on their successful experience of transitioning from an academic position to their careers outside of academia. We are currently in need of a new Career Pathways leader to continue the program. This person will be responsible for organizing bi-monthly events (inviting speakers, arranging time and place, hosting the event). The leader will also become a member of the BPA board and attend the monthly BPA Board meetings. Taking this leadership position in the BPA Career Pathways program provides a great opportunity to easily expand your professional network. Please consider serving the postdoc community in this capacity! 



BPA Happy Hour:  Please come join us Wednesday, May 3 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.


PIEP Presentation with Denali Therapeutics

The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program is happy to present:

Denali Therapeutics 

Neurodegenerative diseases are one of the largest medical challenges of our time. Denali Therapeutics is dedicated to defeating neurodegenerative diseases through rigorous therapeutic discovery and development. Founded by a team of former Genentech executives, Denali has quickly grown to become one of the leading companies in field, focusing on diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and others. Come hear about the work going on at one of the Bay Area’s most innovative companies!


Denali covers a wide range of job disciplines. To learn more, go to their website at http://www.denalitherapeutics.com/


When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Where: Stanley Hall, Room 105, UC Berkeley

Agenda: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Denali Seminar

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Networking happy hour


PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://ucbdenali.eventbrite.com

3.      OPEN Luncheon and Discussion

The Opportunities for Postdoc Equity Networking (OPEN) Program is hosting its monthly lunchtime discussion event.  Join us for lunch and an informal discussion where we can share our experiences, as well as offer and receive advice and support from fellow postdocs. This month we invite all members of postdoc and visiting scholar community for an informal "social and planning meeting", to meet like-minded people and brain-storm about topics for future OPEN lunchtime discussions.


OPEN is a program initiated by the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the postdoc and graduate student community.  Its mission is to build a network of core groups of postdocs and graduate students that focus on issues that women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA community and other groups face in academia. OPEN promotes intersectionality and dialogue between these groups and the broader postdoc and graduate student community in a series of events and activities.


DATE: Monday, May 15


TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. Light lunch will be provided.


LOCATION: Barrows 650


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 12:00 pm in CR11 California Hall, Thursday May 18.  Food is included. Because of the location in California Hall, registration may be required beforehand—stay tuned for more information.

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