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 Title Date Organizer
What Every STEM PhD Should Know About Working in Industry (online) Friday, 23 October 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
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
UBC ARC Cloud Computing Research Fall Training Monday, 19 October 2020 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 3 November 2020 - 4:00pm UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC)
Opportunities for Humanities and Social Science PhDs in the Private Sector (online) Friday, 16 October 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on trainees engaged in women’s health research in British Columbia Friday, 16 October 2020 - 8:00am to 9:00am BC Women's Research Rounds
COVID-19 and its Impact on the Labour Market (Online) (POSTPONED) Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
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
Practice Your Presentation Skills (with Mitacs Training) Thursday, 1 October 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Virtual Trivia Night with SFU Postdocs Friday, 25 September 2020 - 6:00pm UBC Postdoctoral Association (PDA)
NPAW 2020: Chalk Talks and Teaching Demos - A Panel featuring UBC Postdoc Alumni and Faculty Friday, 25 September 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office


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