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At Berkeley Lab, we want to be your employer of choice. To help you navigate the application and hiring process we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

How do I apply for a position at Berkeley Lab?
To be considered for any position at Berkeley Lab, you must apply online at our Careers page, which has our current list of available positions. After you have created a profile and submitted your CV/Resume, you will get notification that we have received your documents. All applicants are given careful consideration.

What is the most efficient way to complete a candidate profile?
There are several options for uploading your information.  If you have a Taleo Up account, you can choose to prepopulate the candidate profile information with your Taleo Up account.  You can also choose to prepopulate the candidate profile information from your resume.  After you prepopulate your profile, you will have the ability to make changes if needed.  For best results, it’s recommended that you use Word to upload your resume, removing formatting such as tab stops, bullets, lines and abbreviations. Headers and footers can be read, though there may be errors and it is not recommended.  Scanned pdfs and heavily formatted resumes work, though they may be read incorrectly and require significant corrections.  Examples of the data that will be extracted include:

If I am interested in more than one job, can I apply to all of them?
Using the profile you created, you will be able to keep several CV/Resume documents on hand and apply them to specific positions. Please be sure to apply for each position you meet the minimum qualifications for and have interest in. Please apply only once for each job, as multiple submittals for a single position are not necessary and will slow your application. Our staff of professional recruiters are hard at work reviewing applications. If there is sufficient interest, we’ll be in touch!

Will you call me?
Due to the volume of applications received, you will be contacted only if there is sufficient interest to move your status to the next step of the hiring process.

I was called in for an interview, what should I expect?
As with our collaborative scientific approach, most interviews at Lawrence Berkeley Lab are conducted in a panel format. The number of people you meet varies by group and scientific practice, but generally the panel is made up of 3-5 people. You may be expected to give a presentation or conduct a seminar. You will be asked to answer a set of predefined questions, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions as well.

What should I do before coming in?
Whether you are applying to one of our scientific or operational positions, we encourage you to research and read all you can about the Lab. Understanding the Lab’s mission, scientific initiatives, and operational practice will prepare you in multiple ways. Begin by reading About the Lab, then look up the Division you are interested in joining. Last, but not least, we recommend that you carefully review the job postings before you arrive, and be ready to share relevant professional experience that validate your skills.

How long is the interview process?
We have a thorough interviewing process and in many cases your qualifications may be reviewed by a Selection Committee consisting of inter-departmental Lab staff, therefore it is difficult to predict how long the process may take. Soon after your interview, discuss with your recruiter and agree on when it’s appropriate to follow up. Depending on the number of candidates interviewing for a position and the Selection Committee’s calendar, it’s best to stay in touch.

I’m currently a UC employee who is interested in opportunities at Berkeley Lab. What happens with my benefits and retirement?
Your UC benefits, (medical, dental, vision, years of service, retirement, etc.) will continue if you have no break in service during the transition from your current UC Employer to Berkeley Lab. Because benefits may change at any time, it’s recommended that you visit UC benefits information for the latest updates. In addition, you may wish to ask your Recruiter at Berkeley Lab for a contact name and number for a representative in our Benefits department to get answers to specific questions as they pertain to your UC employment history.

What's it like to work here?
At Berkeley Lab, our scientific excellence, along with our state-of-the-art national user facilities, draws researchers from around the world collaborating as teams to solve some of the most pressing global challenges of our time in energy, computing, physics, biology and more. There are many nationalities of researchers who work here, as well as a diverse support and professional staff. Situated on a picturesque 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus, the Lab is in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area and the rich intellectual and lively cultural life of Berkeley. Restaurants and shops are nearby, and a shuttle system transports employees around town and to public transportation. The Lab is also within easy walking distance of UC’s Botanical Gardens, and Lawrence Hall of Science. There are numerous clubs and recreational activities, an on-site cafeteria and a guest house for overnight visitors.

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