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 Datesort descending Organizer
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
Rehearsing Conflict: Theatre Workshop Series Friday, 23 June 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 5:00pm Workplace Learning & Engagement at UBC Human Resources
3-Minute Postdoc Slam Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm UBC Postdoc Association (PDA)
Rehearsing Conflict: Workshop Performance Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm UBC Human Resources & Department of Theatre and Film
2017 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Barbecue Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Fall 2017 Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 8:30am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
European Funding Opportunities for Students, Postdocs and Researchers of All Nationalities Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Newcomers to Canada: How Canadian Health Benefits Work Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm UBC Human Resources
UBC PDA Research Day 2017 Monday, 4 December 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm UBC Postdoctoral Association (PDA)
Foundations of Career Planning Program Tuesday, 9 January 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office


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