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
Exploring Mitacs Programs and Opportunities Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 9:30am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) and Mitacs Step
Exploring Mitacs Programs: Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Monday, 6 June 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success, Mitacs
Facilitating Active Peer-to-Peer Engagement in Online Spaces (online) Wednesday, 29 July 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Fall Coffee & Chat Socials with SFU/UBC PDA's - Postdocs with Kids Tuesday, 20 October 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm UBC PDA& SFU PDA
Family Matters: Effective Ways to Learn from Home (Webinar) Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm alumniUBC
Fostering research collaborations at the Graduate and Postgraduate levels Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 8:30am to 3:30pm UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit (Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation)
Foundations of Career Planning Program Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Foundations of Career Planning: Winter 2020 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, 27 February 2020 - 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Foundations of Project Management (2days) Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Foundations of Project Management 1 Thursday, 11 January 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 12 January 2018 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs


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