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.

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.

    Other Workshops and Seminars

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Summer STEM Series: How to Cultivate an Inclusive Community for Equity-Deserving Groups Within STEM Departments Wednesday, 4 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC
    Summer STEM Series: Challenges for People in Power. Navigating the Increasingly Complex EDI Terrain with Grace and Humility Wednesday, 11 August 2021 - 12:15pm to 2:00pm Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC
    Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors & Collaborators Thursday, 12 August 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
    3 Minute Postdoc Slam Thursday, 12 August 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm UBC Postdoctoral Association
    Summer STEM Series: Using Data and Evidence to Advance EDI in STEM Wednesday, 18 August 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC
    Overcoming Academic Perfectionism Thursday, 9 September 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
    How to Engage in Healthy Conflict Thursday, 14 October 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
    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

    Previous Events

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Job Search Strategies Thursday, 29 July 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
    Summer STEM Series: Syllabus and Course Design with Inclusion in Mind Wednesday, 28 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC
    Talking Science: Designing and Delivering Successful Oral Presentations Thursday, 22 July 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    Summer STEM Series: Towards Equitable Allocation of EDI Work Wednesday, 21 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC
    Instructional Skills Workshop for Postdoctoral Fellows Saturday, 17 July 2021 - 8:00am to Sunday, 25 July 2021 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    How to Identify a Career Path That's Right For You Friday, 16 July 2021 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
    CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters: Essential Job Search Documents Thursday, 15 July 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
    Summer STEM Series: Building Interpersonal Relationships in Big Classes Wednesday, 14 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC
    Creating and Presenting Virtual Posters Thursday, 8 July 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
    Summer STEM Series: Inclusion and Well-Being for Trainees (Grad Students and Postdocs) Wednesday, 7 July 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC

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    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 postdoctoral.fellows@ubc.ca.