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
Funding your Research: NSERC Grant Writing Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Getting the Word Out: Writing Your Research for the Public Sphere Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Getting Your Message Across and Getting Noticed - Communication Skills for Academic Researchers Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 9:30am to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success and the Public Scholars Initiative
Graduate Career Exploration Series: Careers in Higher Education Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Graduate Students in Teaching Mini Conference 2020 (Online) Monday, 27 April 2020 - 10:00am to Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 3:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Gynecologic Cancer Initiative Trainee Webinar Series Friday, 5 June 2020 - 9:30am to Friday, 31 July 2020 - 10:45am Gynecologic Cancer Initiative
Hacking the Brain Wednesday, 4 November 2015 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Hacking the Brain Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Hacking the Brain Wednesday, 4 May 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Highlights of ASM’s Science Writing and Publishing Institute Monday, 29 April 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Department of Microbiology and Immunology


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