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
|Postdoc Instructional Skills Workshop (with CTLT) (online)||Saturday, 7 November 2020 - 8:15am to Sunday, 15 November 2020 - 5:30pm||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|
|Skills of Communication (with Mitacs Training)||Wednesday, 2 December 2020 - 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|
|Essentials of Productive Teams (with Mitacs Training)||Tuesday, 16 March 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|
|Professional & Business Effectiveness (online)||Tuesday, 24 November 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
|Project Financial Management (online)||Tuesday, 10 November 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
|COVID-19 and its Impact on the Labour Market (Online) (POSTPONED)||Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am||Postdoctoral Fellows Office|
Other Workshops and Seminars
|Opportunities for Humanities and Social Science PhDs in the Private Sector (online)||Friday, 16 October 2020 - 9:00am||Beyond the Professoriate|
|What Every STEM PhD Should Know About Working in Industry (online)||Friday, 23 October 2020 - 9:00am||Beyond the Professoriate|
|Foundations of Pedagogy Program||Tuesday, 6 October 2020 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, 24 November 2020 - 4:00pm||Centre for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning|
|BC Children's Hospital Research Institute - #Altac Career Day||Monday, 24 April 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm||BC Children's Hospital Research Institute Trainee Council|
|Quiet Leadership (online)||Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm||alumniUBC|
|How to Tell a Great Story Using Data (online)||Thursday, 25 June 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm||alumniUBC|
|Switching Careers Without Starting From Scratch (online)||Thursday, 16 July 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm||alumniUBC|
|Leading Diversity and Inclusion (online)||Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm||alumniUBC|
|Leverage Your Perfectionism - Webinar||Wednesday, 6 May 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm||alumniUBC|
|Overcoming Impostor Syndrome - Webinar||Thursday, 28 May 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm||alumniUBC|
|Family Matters: Effective Ways to Learn from Home (Webinar)||Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm||alumniUBC|
|Blending the Online Language Classroom: Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Activities (online)||Monday, 27 July 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm||Arts Learning Centre, UBC|
|Virtual Event Series - BCG Canada||Monday, 16 March 2020 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 7:00pm||BCG Canada|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.