After you Arrive
Checklists for your first day and week in the group.
Welcome to Berkeley and the Persson Group! Here is a checklist to help you get started once you have recieved your access to LBL either as an employee or affiliate.
Very Basics & High Priority Administrative Tasks
- The Onboarding Team will communicate with you by email to coordinate having a group member meet you the first time you arrive in Building 33. They will help you find your desk and provide a short walk through to become familiar with the building and introduce you to other group members. Once you make your way to Building 33, ask around to find the group member you are looking for if you are having trouble.
- Follow the instructions received during your orientation or by email to activate your Berkeley Lab Identity Account (aka LDAP). This log-in will be used for most LBL online resources. Connect to the internet using the lbnl-visitor WiFi network (it is open access).
- Send out an email introducing yourself to [email protected] (this is the email list for everyone in the Persson group) from your @lbl.gov email address. This is a tradition to help welcome new group members since it can take some time to meet everyone in person. This also serves as a notice for the group to help initiate various onboarding tasks. This works for graduates (Ph.D. and Master's students), postdocs, undergraduates, short-term visiting scholars, and summer interns. Here is an example introduction email (note permissions to view these documents are tied to your @lbl.gov google account).
- Request access to building 33 for your LBL badge by using this self-serving website. You should select "33 Perimeter" and "33 1st floor Office / lab area." You will also need access to "LBNL Business Need Access" and "LBNL Gates/50 Complex/Library," but these should be assigned to you by default and no specific request should be needed.By default, you will NOT have off-hours site access to Building 33 (i.e. from 5:30pm to 7am on weekdays, on weekends, holidays) unless a request is submitted.
- Prioritize completing the GERT (General Radiological Worker Training) before the end of your first day.
- Get your project/funding specific information for making purchases:
- Purchasing with LBL Funds: Ask Sonia Dominguez for the project id, activity id, and SAS Approver associated with your funding to use Ebuy.
- Purchasing with UC Berkeley Funds: To make purchases using UC Berkeley funds, you will need the chart string associated with that funding source which can be obtained from UC Berkeley Research Administration Staff for the College of Engineering. Email Miriam Kader including that your PI is Kristin Persson and ask for the chart string associated with your funding source.
Also start working through the other checklists and information below when possible
- Send an email to Hui Zheng ([email protected]) requesting to be added to the Persson Group email lists and team google drive (if you do not have access already). Use the subject line "Onboarding: [YOUR NAME]".
- Complete all LBL/UC Berkeley training courses including the ergonomic self-assessment. Note the GERT must be completed on your first day. Also note that UC Berkeley required training courses will not be assigned until after your UCPath profile is set up, which can take 1-2 weeks after your start date.
- Orient yourself with LBL's calendar system (Google Calendar). Update your LBL calendar with your schedule so other group members can view your availability.
- Join the Berkeley Theory Slack workspace using your @lbl.gov email. This Slack workspace provides a way for multiple groups and researchers at LBL to communicate about computational materials research, The Materials Project, and other collaborative efforts. Feel free to introduce yourself in the
- Explore the group’s Team Google Drive. Note some of these documents populate the group handbook where access is limited to group members.
- Print out an updated name tag for your desk. If needed, work with Emma Goodacre to update the name tag for your office.
- Meet with Kristin to plan an appropriate introduction for your specific research, project management, subgroup, etc.
- Ask to read the proposal that funds your work. This will help explain the impact of your project, the long-term plans and goals, and how your project fits in with other efforts.
- Generally take the time to learn about other group member's research focuses and areas of expertise to get a sense of who may be your best resource for different questions and who you may be supporting if you are a more senior group member.
- Contact Howard Li about getting user accounts set-up for any computing resources you may be using (NERSC, Savio, VASP, etc.).
- Get connected to the printer. The printer is located in 143C and instructions for how to connect can be found on the internal group site. Julian Self is the current printer czar and can advise you if you are having any difficulties.
LBL employees (staff, postdocs, and graduate students) must enter their time on a regular basis using the LETS payroll system (total hours for a single month are reported). You will need the project ID and activity ID associated with the funding source for your income/stipend. Sonia Dominguez sends time entering instructions before each payroll deadline and can address any related questions.
UC Berkeley employees (staff, postdocs, and graduate students) must enter their time monthly using the CalTime payroll system.
Note: Sometimes your initial leave balances (24 PTO days and 12 Sick Days) do not populate correctly in CalTime until after the 2nd paycheck processes. If this is an issue (i.e., if you need to use leave during your first pay period), contact [email protected]
Graduate Students: UC Berkeley's ERSO (Engineering Resrouce Support Organization) handles processing GSR appointment requests. These appointments are used to issue stipends (no need to report hours in a payroll system) so keep an eye out for email reminders each Fall, Spring, and Summer.