The PDFO is dedicated to providing a wide variety of quality professional development opportunities to UBC’s postdoc community.

The PDFO is proud to offer three flagship professional development programs in addition to regularly-scheduled professional development workshops:

  • Foundations of Career Planning Program: A three-part workshop program designed to introduce postdocs to the support and resources required to establish the foundations of a post-PDF career in academia or with a primary focus on industry. By the end of the program, participants will have developed through self-reflection the foundations needed to structure a development plan, put together a professional portfolio, and navigate the industry interview and negotiation process.
  • PDFO-SPARC Internal Review Training Program: Launched in 2018, the PDFO-SPARC Internal Review Training Program is designed to integrate emerging scholars into UBC’s internal grant review process while also strengthening the competitiveness of UBC’s CIHR Project Grant applications.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching Internship (PDTI): In collaboration with the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), the Postdoc Teaching Internship is comprised of a three-day Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and opportunities to work with a mentor.

In addition to PDFO programs, workshops, and events, UBC-apppointed Postdoctoral Fellows have access to a variety of additional professional development resources, workshops, and programs from both internal and external sources. Visit the Professional Development Resources page for additional information about these resources.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

UBC offers and administers programs that provide professional development to PDFs. Events offered by the PDFO will open for registration approximately two weeks in advance of each session. Registration is required for all PDFO events. Participants who are successfully registered in a professional development session will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO within a week of the session.

The PDFO reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule a course due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs registrants will be contacted via email as soon as possible.

    PDFO Workshops and Seminars

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Immigration for Postdoctoral Fellows Wednesday, 27 October 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Succeeding in Difficult Conversations Thursday, 4 November 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Postdoctoral Instructional Skills Workshop – November 13, 14 & 20, 2021 Saturday, 13 November 2021 - 8:00am to Saturday, 20 November 2021 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Self-Care for Personal and Professional Success Thursday, 18 November 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Strengthening Resilience as a Postdoctoral Fellow Thursday, 25 November 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office

    Other Workshops and Seminars

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Horizon Europe Funding Information Session Thursday, 28 October 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am EURAXESS
    Project and time management Monday, 1 November 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Mitacs Training
    Building your project network map Thursday, 4 November 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am Mitacs Training
    Project and time management Wednesday, 10 November 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am Mitacs Training
    How to Manage Stress, Rejection & the Haters in Your Midst Thursday, 11 November 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
    Refined project communication plan Monday, 15 November 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am Mitacs Training
    Project and time management Friday, 19 November 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Mitacs Training
    Project and time management Wednesday, 24 November 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Mitacs Training
    Refined project communication plan Wednesday, 1 December 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Mitacs Training
    Building your project network map Tuesday, 7 December 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am Mitacs Training
    Project and time management Thursday, 9 December 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am Mitacs Training
    Refined project communication plan Wednesday, 15 December 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am Mitacs Training

    Previous Events

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Canadian Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Monday, 18 October 2021 - 10:00am to Thursday, 21 October 2021 - 1:30pm Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network
    How to Engage in Healthy Conflict Thursday, 14 October 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
    UBC Climate Change Research Symposium Wednesday, 13 October 2021 - 10:45am to Thursday, 14 October 2021 - 4:00pm Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
    Virtual Coffee with President Santa Ono (Postponed) Thursday, 7 October 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Introduction to the Investigations Office and SVPRO (Postponed) Wednesday, 29 September 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    NPAW 2021: Building a Business: Launching a Company Friday, 24 September 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    NPAW 2021: Becoming an Entrepreneur: Building a Business and Launching a Company Friday, 24 September 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    NPAW 2021: From Postdoc to PI: Transitioning to a Tenure-Track Position Friday, 24 September 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Coffee, Croissants & Muffins with the UBC Postdoctoral Association Friday, 24 September 2021 - 8:00am to 10:00am UBC Postdoctoral Association
    Happy Hour with the UBC Postdoctoral Association Thursday, 23 September 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm UBC Postdoctoral Association

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