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
|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
|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|
|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|
Privacy Notification: Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for the purpose of planning and administering each professional development workshop and event offered by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO). Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the PDFO at email@example.com.