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 December 2015


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 November on our own UC Berkeley campus below. 





January 20

HSSA Monthly Networking Social


309 Sproul Hall, 12:30pm


January 27

Thriving in Science Seminar: The Road Not Taken

See below for details.


105 Stanley Hall, 6pm

February 2

PIEP Workshop: Making the Most of Your Contacts through LinkedIn, Site Visits and Informational Interviews


105 Stanley Hall, 6pm

February 10

VSPA Workshop: The Editorial Process

See below for details.


105 Stanley Hall, 6:30pm

April 27

naturejobs CAREER EXPO

See below for details.


San Francisco, all day





Science and Health Education Partnership at UCSF - Job Opportunity

The Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UC San Francisco is thrilled to be recruiting an Academic Coordinator. We are looking for a skilled scientist educator who will help develop and launch an exciting new NIH SEPA funded initiative that engages local high school students in community-based research to understand health issues affecting their communities. Our new team member will also work closely with other SEP staff members supporting our classroom-based teacher-scientist partnership programs, provide informal lesson support to teachers and scientists in the Daly Ralston Resource Center, and contribute to the success of the Bay Area Science Festival. 

SEP is a nationally recognized program that supports quality science teaching and learning through partnerships between UCSF scientists and teachers in the San Francisco Public Schools. SEP offers a broad menu of programs and is deeply committed to providing access to science learning to all students.

The culture of SEP is unique. Our work is highly collaborative and our team is made up of both K-12 teachers and scientists. We believe our work is enriched by bridging the cultures of science and education and all our efforts seek to promote mutual learning by all involved (SEP staff, K-12 teachers, scientists, and critically, students).


The full position description and instructions about how to apply are available at: https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/apply/JPF00693.




1. BPA Monthly Board Meeting: The BPA board is always open to new ideas; we encourage everyone to get involved and help out. So if you would like to voice issues that you feel affect postdocs, or programs you’d like to start, then join us on Thursday January 21st that Barrows Hall, 6:00 pm in Room 652.  Pizza and refreshments are included.

2. Thriving in Science Seminar: The road not taken: A journey from the halls of academia to the pillars of industry

The next Thriving in Science seminar will feature Dr. Nathan Pierce from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences). He will be joining us to discuss his transition from academic science to industry setting.

As usual, the talk will be followed by a beer and wine networking mixer for those who RSVP. Please note that this month there will not be pizza before the seminar, so please plan accordingly.

DATE: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
TIME: 6 - 7 PM
LOCATION: 105 Stanley Hall

Dr. Nathan Pierce is a scientist on the cell biology team at Verily, which was formerly part of Google[x] and is focused on new tools and technologies that could help transform the detection, prevention, and management of disease. Nathan received his B.S. in biology from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in biology from the California Institute of Technology where he studied the biochemical mechanism and regulation of ubiquitin ligases. Before joining Verily, he completed a postdoc at Stanford University School of Medicine exploring the cell biology of the Notch-Delta developmental signaling pathway.

All the very best,
     The Thriving in Science Organizers

3. VSPA Workshop

This workshop, The Editorial Process: An Editor's Perspective will guide attendees through the academic publishing process from manuscript preparation to promoting your published paper. Presenters will highlight best practices in developing the elements of a research paper and provide valuable tips to get your paper accepted.  Topics will include:

  • Editorial decisions
  • How to craft a noticeable cover letter and powerful title and abstract
  • Tips for identifying and submitting a paper to the best journal
  • Reproducibility
  • Impact factors, pros and cons
  • Publishing ethics

DATE: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
TIME: 6:30-8:30pm
LOCATION: 105 Stanley Hall
REGISTRATION: http://editorialprocess10feb2016.eventbrite.com


Rebecca Cooney, PhD - North American Editor, The Lancet

Rebecca Cooney, Ph.D. serves as the North American Editor of The Lancet, based out of the New York City office. In addition to her role as a senior editor, she writes and records podcasts for The United States of Health Blog (usa.thelancet.com).  Dr. Cooney received her degree in Psychology from Stanford University in 2007, where her graduate work focused on the neural basis of cognitive and affective processes and the intergenerational transmission of depression. She continued this line of functional imaging research as a postdoctoral fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. She has published numerous academic papers and book chapters. Prior to joining The Lancet family in 2012, she worked as a research scientist supporting labs at Stanford, Columbia, and The University of Miami, and as the Assistant and Associate Editor of The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Katja Brose, PhD - Editor of Neuron, Executive Editor-Neuroscience and Director of Reviews Strategy, Cell Press

As Editor of Neuron, the leading research journal in neuroscience, Katja represents the journal within the scientific community and is responsible for all aspects of the journal’s management, operations, and strategic vision. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1990 from Brown University, with a double concentration in Biology and European History. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California-San Francisco in 2000. At UCSF, she worked with Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne and her doctoral work focused on axon guidance mechanisms in the developing spinal cord. In 2000, Katja joined Cell Press as a Senior Editor at Neuron.  Cell Press is a division of Elsevier STM journal publishing and a leading publisher in the life sciences, and was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Neuron in 2004. In 2007, with Cell Press’ acquisition the Trends group of review titles, Katja was appointed as Executive Editor of the Neuroscience Portfolio, including Neuron, Trends in Neurosciences and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. She currently also serves as Editorial Director for Reviews Strategy for Cell Press is a member of the Cell Press Senior Management Team. She speaks frequently on topics related to neuroscience and scientific publishing and communication, publication ethics, and issues around rigor, reproducibility and research integrity.


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Hope to see you this month!



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Interested in Outreach? 

Community Resources for Science


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