Career Development

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The Molecular Foundry aims to support our staff and users at every stage of their careers. We have established the Career Development Committee to identify and coordinate opportunities for our community of staff and users to grow their careers through training and networking events and resources. Please contact the CDC for assistance with any of the items below.

Upcoming Events


Other resources at the Lab for Career Development
(Resources accessible via the A-Z index)

  • Berkeley Lab Learning Institute
  • RPM: Education & Employee Development Policy – Types of training and development programs; Who is eligible; Sources of training programs; Employee development planning
  • Employee Resources
  • Salary Ranges and Classification Charts for all scientific and non-scientific classifications
  • The Berkeley Lab Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) encourages and financially assists career employees in obtaining skills, knowledge, and abilities that increase the effectiveness of work performance in their present position and improve their career opportunities within the Laboratory.
  • Enroll at any institution that is an accredited college or university.
  • Enrichment courses can be taken without needing to be enrolled in a full-time degree program.
  • Full-time students are allowed up to six hours of paid time off during their work week for courses which cannot be accommodated outside of normal working hours.
  • There are tax implications to consider; some reimbursement can be considered taxable income.
  • Contact Michael Elowson at the Foundry for more information on navigating enrollment in a full-time graduate studies program at UC Berkeley.
  • Contact Warren Moore (Berkeley Lab HR) with questions about the TAP program.

External Resources for Career Development

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Molecular Foundry Career Development Committee

The mission of the Career Development Committee (CDC) is to serve as a resource for staff and users to navigate every stage of their career. The CDC aims to help identify opportunities for professional growth and to develop the skills necessary to excel in science, engineering, and research.

One of the CDC’s initial projects is piloting a formal mentorship program for Early Career Staff Scientists to guide them through the complexities of the Career Review process. This will lead to a wider-reaching mentorship program where all Foundry staff can be matched with one or more mentors who can help guide their career.

Additionally, the CDC hosts a regular set of seminars, discussions, and intensive workshops designed to develop skills for the wider staff and user community. Subject matter for past CDC seminars and workshops has included writing abstracts and developing emotional intelligence for the workplace. We collaborate with the Foundry’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and Staff Committee on many of these topics.

The CDC is a new kind of Divisional committee at LBL. We welcome your input on how we can most effectively meet our mission. Please feel free to e-mail the committee or contact the current chair with your questions, ideas, and feedback.

CDC Committee Members:

Current Chair: Caroline Ajo-Franklin

Alison Hatt
Behzad Rad
Branden Brough
Brett Helms
Caroline Ajo-Franklin
Peter Ercius
Karen Bustillo
Michael Elowson
Shaul Aloni
Suksham Barun
Laurie Chong

User Executive Committee Liaisons

Keiko Munechika
Gregory Su

Past Events

  • Peer Mentoring: Active Listening, Delivering an Elevator Pitch, Making Your Networking Plan
  • Career Panel and Networking Event for ESA Operations Staff
  • Emotional Intelligence Workshop
  • “How to Write an Abstract” Brown Bag Discussion
  • “Writing Effective White Papers” Brown Bag Workshop