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 Organizersort descending
Bridge to BCG Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 12:00pm BCG Canada
Working with Recruiters - Advice for STEM PhDs (Online) Friday, 17 April 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Working From Home Full-Time (online) Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
What to Do If You're Going on the Academic Job Market (online) Friday, 19 June 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Building Professional Relationships Online (online) Thursday, 9 July 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Online Teaching: Lessons Learned (online) Thursday, 28 May 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
7th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs Saturday, 2 May 2020 - 11:00am Beyond the Professoriate
3 Things You Should Do Now to Maintain Momentum in Your Job Search (online) Thursday, 16 April 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Beyond the Professoriate
CBR Career Night Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 4:30pm to 8:00pm Centre for Blood Research
Graduate Career Exploration Series: Careers in Higher Education Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers


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