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.


Previous Events

Event Titlesort descending Date Organizer
What to Do If You're Going on the Academic Job Market (online) Friday, 19 June 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It Thursday, 18 May 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Graduate Pathways to Success
Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Witness Webinar: Can Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Still Respect Personal Privacy? Monday, 4 May 2020 - 8:30am Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Working From Home Full-Time (online) Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Working with Recruiters - Advice for STEM PhDs (Online) Friday, 17 April 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Workplace Dynamics I and II: Gaining Self-Awareness and Communication Skills (online) Friday, 15 May 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Workplace Dynamics III: Conflict and Feedback Friday, 22 May 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Writing Professional Resumes Tuesday, 4 March 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)


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