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 February 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.




March 13

OFIT seminar, 12:30 PM 309 Sproul Hall



March 16

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



March 24

PIEP site visit to Verily



March 31

BPA Travel Award application deadline





NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences



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).



An exciting new program has been created for postdocs interested in consulting careers—read below for information about the brand new Science Fellows Program!

The Science Fellows Program: On campus consulting opportunity for postdocs.

The Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program (BPEP), under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Affairs (VSPA), is pleased to announce the pre-launch of the Science Fellows Program in collaboration with the CITRIS Foundry, the University of California accelerator for founders building transformative technology companies. The Science Fellows Program (SFP) will connect postdoctoral scientists with the startups at CITRIS Foundry, and the general entrepreneurial community at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please use this link to register as a Science Fellowhttps://goo.gl/forms/WYMAGEsyaHK8TTzU2

Mission of the Science Fellows Program

The core function of Science Fellows Program is to provide consulting opportunities for postdoctoral researchers in early-stage startups from the UC Berkeley entrepreneurial community. Berkeley Science Fellows will work in a team with fellow postdocs with complimentary skills and partner with CITRIS Foundry companies to solve specific scientific challenges. Candidates must have a PhD. The Science Fellows are expected to commit four to five hours a week to assist the startup. The hours are flexible, and may be worked out mutually. This is an unpaid (volunteer) program. 

Current postdoc consulting opportunities:


mFluiDx has created a point-of-care molecular microfluidic diagnostic test for testing of infectious diseases. We are looking potential partners that can join our core-team as employees or can transition immediately into at least 20hr/week or full time if offered employment. mFluiDx is located on Stanley Hall QB3 garage, BNC, CITRIS Foundry space (Sutardja Dai Hall 4th floor). Check out this Techcrunch feature for more information.

Position 1: Microfluidic engineer- Experience in point-of-care diagnostics, sample preparation technology, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, laser cutting, 2D and 3D CAD design, microfluidic design and fabrication.

Position 2: Microbiology scientist- Microbiology and Molecular and Cell biology. Deep understanding of a broad range of viral/bacterial infectious diseases in developed countries. Experience in drug resistant bacteria.


Smartphage, inc. is proposing a new paradigm in bacterial disease treatment. Starting with digital disease models based on the latest metagenomic sequencing technologies, we seek to identify the specific pathogenic strain(s) associated with a disease.

Position 1: Research Scientist- Experience increating disease models using complex metagenomics data, build library of bacteria and bacteriophage, work with the team to create IP related to the platform and assist with grant writing and review.

DNALiteTherapeutics, Inc

DNALite Therapeutics, Inc. is creating gene therapy solutions for the gastrointestinal tract. Our first lead will replace surgeries in a group of patients that undergo colectomies as a preventative measure against colorectal cancer. We are looking for qualified candidates that will assist the founding team with iterations on our existing liposomal drug delivery system. Our prototype delivery system allows for expression of DNA in intestinal stem cells, which drive multiple diseases in the gastrointestinal tract. We are looking for innovative methods to increase the transfection efficiency of our delivery system in those target cells.

Position 1: Research Scientist-Experience in in liposomal or nanoparticle delivery systems., thin-film lipid hydration and/other methods, zeta-potential measurements, lipid extrusion, in-vitro and/or ex-vivo mucoadhesion measurements.

If you have any questions, please contact BPEP at bpep.ucb@gmail.com or visit our website at: http://bpep.berkeley.edu

Check out our Linkedin group page: https://www.linkedin.com/bpep



1.      Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Teaching (OFIT) Seminar

“Fertility and the Great Recession: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries of Theory and Data”

Monday, March 13, 2017, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

309 Sproul Hall

This seminar will be team-taught by two scholars from UC Berkeley’s Prevention Research Center & School of Public Health, and Department of Demography. They will familiarize participants with fertility trends during and after economic downturns in Western Advanced Societies, in particular in the United States and Europe, provide an interdisciplinary perspective on this topic, and engage students in a discussion of the latest fertility trends associated with the Great Recession.

2.      Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) site visit to Verily 

You’ve probably read about Google’s forays into biology through Google X and the spinoff Google Life Sciences (renamed Verily). Now, for the first time, Verily is opening its doors! The PIEP committee is happy to announce its first site visit of 2017:


Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION: 269 E Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (bus transportation provided)

APPLICATION: In order to be eligible for this opportunity, please fill out a short survey and submit your current two page resume here: https://form.jotform.com/70554375743158

The application deadline is Sunday, March 12, at 10:00 pm. You will be notified by March 17, by email, on the outcome of your application.

ABOUT VERILY: Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) is developing tools to collect and organize health data, then creating interventions and platforms that put insights derived from that health data to use for more holistic care management. Current projects include a contact lens that senses glucose, an anti-tremor spoon, and the Baseline Study, a project to collect genetic and molecular information from enough people to create a picture of what a healthy human should be

For more information, please visit  www.verily.com

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Qualified postdocs and graduate students, especially those in the life sciences, are encouraged to apply. This is a great chance to meet with a major biotech employer in the Bay Area, who is constantly looking for new hires.

NOTE: ALL applicants must be UC Berkeley students or affiliates 

If you have any questions, please contact PIEP at  ucb.piep@gmail.com or visit our website at: http://piep.berkeley.edu/

Check out our LinkedIn page!  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3890299

By registering, you will be automatically added to the PIEP mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

3.      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 March 16.  Food is included. Because of the location in California Hall, registration may be required beforehand—email us at vspa@berkeley.edu as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

4.      BPA Professional Development Travel Award  

The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is happy to announce the Spring cycle of the BPA Professional Development Awards Program, after the resounding success of the Fall 2016 cycle!  This is a one-time award of up to $500 and may be used for scientific or professional meetings.  Preference will be given to the following applicants:

  • Postdocs who have served on the executive board of any VSPA sponsored program (e.g. BPA, BPEP, PIEP, BSPP, HSSA, PTOP, Thriving in Science)
  • Postdocs who have contributed to the postdoc community of UC Berkeley, such as organizing department-specific events, activity with the union, etc.
  • Postdocs who have an abstract accepted for presentation at the National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting.

You can find the description of the Award Program and the Application Form at this link.  Please refer to these documents for instructions, eligibility, and more information. If you have any questions, you can email us at vspa@berkeley.edu with subject line “BPA PD Award_Spring 2017 question”.

5.      Movie Monday

 The monthly Movie Monday activities have been a big hit with postdocs and families alike. We are looking for a few people to volunteer to help with organizing and running this activity, including picking up supplies from VSPA, setting up the room, and cleaning up after the activity. Please consider helping out with this fun activity. Contact Valentine Trotter at vvtrotter@lbl.gov if you would like to volunteer. Thank you !

6.      Volunteer Opportunity – Present at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences 

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

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

March 2 – How-To Night; Foods & Beverages

o Looking for fun interesting demos specifically related to food and drinks.

 March 9 – Mind & Body

o We are looking for new, exciting medical research; yoga/exercise/fitness; general health & wellness.

 March 16 – Nocturnal

o Science of the night! Nocturnal creatures, discussion of circadian rhythms, night vision (in animals and technology), etc.

March 23 – Robots

o Anything about robots! How they’re made, what they’re used for, new technologies and applications, demos or prototypes.

March 30 – NightLife Light

o CAS-focused presentations – no need for outside partners

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

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 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