We proudly support military reservists and veterans of the U.S. armed forces
Systems Analyst, Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB)
Division, Veteran, United States Navy, Nuclear Submarine Fleet
I have been working as a Systems Analyst in the MBIB Division for around eight months of a one-year Veterans Affairs-sponsored Work Experience. My responsibilities include researching and providing recommendations for an issue tracker software to track and manage software bugs and user correspondence emails for the MBIB Phenix Software Development Team. This task requires understanding the team’s needs, specific use case, and more importantly, evaluating, selecting and implementing tracker software through qualitative and quantitative analysis.
What I enjoy most is using tools to improve on my data analyst skills. I am developing stronger programming and data visualization skills as I present my findings to the team. In addition, I have an opportunity to learn and interact in a world-class organization making a positive impact on the biological sciences arena as well as other science areas.
To veterans interested in the data science and analysis field, I would say that you’re in the right place at Berkeley Lab. Although COVID requirements allow for minimization of on-site work, this position can be and has been fully remote. We hold virtual team and one-on-one meetings several times a month. I’m given a chance to sharpen my presentation skills during some of these online meetings and everyone is very considerate and professional. It’s a great work experience. It also will be what you make of it, so make sure you ask questions, take advantage of available resources, and document your experiences. Thanks to the VA and Berkeley Lab for making this possible!
Carlos R. Moreira USMC
Senior Business Manager – Operations
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
As a Senior Business Manager, I’m able to leverage my previous experience as a comptroller in the Marine Corps and apply it to identify and align the resources needed to effectively manage the business and administrative services functions in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). These functions include strategic communications, training/employee development, property, conference/travel, facilities, environmental health and safety (EH&S), business continuity planning, and administrative services.
I have truly enjoyed working at Berkeley Lab because of the similarities it has with the military in its “team science” approach towards its mission. The Lab is well-structured and provides the support any transitioning service member might want or need. I’ve found a great mentor and leader in the OCFO who has been instrumental in my transitioning and success at the Lab.
The Lab’s environment is very welcoming. The individuals that work here are extremely smart, friendly, willing to help, and are always open to supporting all new hires to the lab. I have always lived by a set of ideas: 1) Surround yourself with good, positive people with a can-do mentality; 2) don’t be the smartest person in the room, and; 3) be around people you would like to be like. The Lab and the OCFO fulfill all three of my goals. And I have truly enjoyed learning from the different people with whom I have interacted in the organization.
I would like to thank my family, the Marine Corps, OCFO, the Lab, Hiring Our Heroes for giving me the opportunity to transition into the civilian world.
Curtis D Gomez
Associate Engineer, ALS Electrical Safety Officer, 5 years, 9 months.
Veteran, Spec 4 US Army Corps of Engineers, MOS 35E, Special Electronics
“I currently wear several hats as an Associate Engineer. Project coordination of beamline motor controls and equipment protection systems. Monitoring and advising on electrical safety at the Advanced Light Source. Whatever else is necessary to get the job done.
Due to the nature of research, much of what we do is unique. That means there is a lot of variety in the tasks that we perform and requires a Swiss Army knife skillset. I appreciate that the lab recognizes the valuable contributions that veterans can bring from their training and experiences.
I would tell any motivated veteran to come to the lab. Hard work and drive can propel a rewarding career, provide recognition and at the same time, make valuable contributions to society.”
Desktop Systems Specialist, 4 years
Veteran, Technical Sergeant, USAF – Air Force Specialty Code 3C071, Computer Operations Craftsman
I am the primary IT support technician assigned to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) and a backup IT Help Desk technician. I like the variety of things I get to be involved in as a technician and I love how the culture of the Lab allows me to bring my whole self and to devote a portion of my time and energy into growing alongside our diversity community.
Working at Berkeley Lab allows veterans to continue to have a sense of mission and purpose in service to our great nation as we work collaboratively to our mission of “Bringing Science Solutions to the World” in support of the Office of Science of the Department of Energy. While the mission is different, working at the Lab has many similarities to working on a military installation, with a large closed campus that has similar needs in supporting the facility.
Many of the jobs at the site have direct correlation to roles that veterans may have performed during their military careers. For veterans who have prepared for different careers since leaving service, our culture is a place where our thoughts and contributions are welcomed and respected at all levels. There are also opportunities for regular employees to be part of our disaster preparedness teams to which many veterans are already well suited.
As a veteran serving relatively early in my career at Berkeley Lab, I get to be a technician, I get to be involved in our veteran recruitment process, I get to be a thought leader in our diversity community, and my leaders encourage my growth as a whole person, not just the “technician” they hired me to be.
Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship program
The Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP) provides transitioning service members with professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce. The professional development offered through the program prepares candidates for a smooth transition into meaningful civilian careers.
For information on the Corporate Fellowship Program and how to apply, please visit the website at: https://www.hiringourheroes.org/fellowships/
Department of Veteran Affairs NPWE program
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) program provides eligible Veterans and Service members the opportunity to obtain training and practical job experience concurrently. This program is ideal for Veterans or Service members who have a clearly established career goal, and who learn easily in a hands-on environment. This program is also well suited to Veterans or Service members who are having difficulties obtaining employment due to lack of work experience.
Connect with your local VA Regional Office to speak with a Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) representative. You can find your closest VA Regional Office here. For more information, call 1-800-827-1000 or visit https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/
NPower’s mission is to create pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans, spouses, and young adults from underserved communities.
Since 2016, the Lab has hosted 12 NPower interns/alumni and some resulting in full-time hires. In partnership with the Lab’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG), HR, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) office, Berkeley Lab hosts Annual Veteran’s Day on the Job events for the NPower students and instructors. The day includes a tour of one of the Lab’s user facilities, a job search & interview readiness workshop, a mock interview demonstration, and presentations by NPower graduates/current IT employees.
Veterans Employee Resource Group
The purpose of the VERG is to enhance the work environment at Berkeley Lab for veteran employees and job seekers. Our goal is to promote an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, identify and address emerging issues or challenges such as veteran recruitment and retention, increase the visibility and value of veterans’ skills in the workplace among management and staff, provide guidance for institutional processes and programs, enhance policies of non-discrimination, and recognize achievements impacting our community. The group is open to all employees, including veterans and civilians. VERG is currently working on a self-identification campaign for veterans at the Lab.