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.

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.


PDFO Workshops and Seminars

Event Title Date Organizer
The Six Leadership Conversations Friday, 29 January 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, 5 February 2021 - 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing (with Mitacs Training) Tuesday, 2 February 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 3 February 2021 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Project Management (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 10 February 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, 11 February 2021 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Virtual Coffee with President Santa Ono Thursday, 11 February 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
How to Keep Your Cash - An Introduction to the Canadian Tax System Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Time Management (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 3 March 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Essentials of Productive Teams (with Mitacs Training) Tuesday, 16 March 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Project Management (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 17 March 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, 18 March 2021 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office

Previous Events

Event Title Date Organizer
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows: Winter 2021 Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Virtual Postdoc Research Day Monday, 18 January 2021 - 9:30am to 6:00pm UBC Postdoctoral Association
International Fellowships for Research in Japan - Information Session with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Wednesday, 13 January 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
2020 Lessons Learned (And Ways to Prepare for 2021) (online) Friday, 18 December 2020 - 9:00am to 9:45am Beyond the Professoriate
CTLT Winter Institute Monday, 14 December 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, 18 December 2020 - 2:30pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Statements of Teaching Philosophy: Writing Tuesday, 8 December 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm UBC Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Networking Skills (with Mitacs Training) Tuesday, 8 December 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Skills of Communication (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 2 December 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
A Serverless Journey: Serverless Data Processing with Amazon Web Services (AWS) (online) Thursday, 26 November 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm UBC Cloud Innovation Centre
Navigating your Career in the Midst of COVID-19 with The LinkedIn Guys (online) Thursday, 19 November 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm alumniUBC


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