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
|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|
|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|
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.