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 Datesort descending Organizer
The Best Candidate Wins (online) Thursday, 23 July 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Professional & Business Effectiveness (online) Thursday, 30 July 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Project Financial Management (online) Thursday, 13 August 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Foundations of Project Management II (with Mitacs Training) (Online) Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, 20 August 2020 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Practice Your Presentation Skills (with Mitacs Training) Thursday, 1 October 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Business Writing for Today's Professionals (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 28 October 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Time Management (with Mitacs Training) Thursday, 29 October 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Skills of Communication (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 2 December 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Networking Skills (with Mitacs Training) Thursday, 28 January 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm 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
Foundations of Project Management I (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 10 February 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, 11 February 2021 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 17 February 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Time Management (with Mitacs Training) Wednesday, 3 March 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Business Writing for Today's Professionals (with Mitacs Training) Thursday, 4 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
Career Professionalism (with Mitacs Training) Friday, 19 March 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office

Other Workshops and Seminars

Event Title Datesort descending Organizer
CVs, Resumes and Cover Letters: Essential Job Search Documents (online) Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Switching Careers Without Starting From Scratch (online) Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm alumniUBC
Unleash Your Team's Innovative Thinking While Isolating (online) Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 12:00pm UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Education
Teaching Remotely with Care: Introduction to Accessible Online Courses and Open Educational Resources (OER) (online) Friday, 17 July 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
3 Minute Postdc Slam (online) Wednesday, 22 July 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm UBC Postdoctoral Association
Talking Science: Designing and Delivering Successful Oral Presentations (online) Thursday, 23 July 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Job Search Strategies (online) Thursday, 30 July 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education

Previous Events

Event Title Datesort descending Organizer
Career Building 3 - Writing Resumes Tuesday, 15 January 2013 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Career Building 4- Compiling Academic CVs Tuesday, 15 January 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Winter 2014 Monday, 21 January 2013 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
MSFHR 2013 Awards Competition Info Session Thursday, 31 January 2013 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
So! It is Time to Publish a Paper (6 Sessions) Tuesday, 19 February 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
How to Keep Your Cash: The Canadian Tax System (at CFRI) Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
How to Keep Your Cash: The Canadian Tax System (at UBC Vancouver) Friday, 22 February 2013 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Foundations of Project Management (2days) Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Career-Building Part 1: Career-Building Begins with YOU! Tuesday, 16 April 2013 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Improve your Professional & Business Etiquette Thursday, 18 April 2013 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)

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