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
An Introduction to Canadian Taxes (Session #3 of 3) Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
An Introduction to Canadian Taxes (Session #2 of 3) Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
An Introduction to Canadian Taxes (Session #1 of 3) Wednesday, 27 February 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within Monday, 25 February 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success, and Mitacs
Build Your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills Thursday, 21 February 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, 22 February 2019 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs
Foundations of Project Management I Monday, 4 February 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 5 February 2019 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs
Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Winter 2019 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 - 8:30am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
The Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Thursday, 17 January 2019 - 9:00am to 12:30pm University-Industry Liaison Office, Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Graduate Pathways to Success
MSFHR Research Trainee Program Information Session Thursday, 13 December 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Postdoctoral Fellows Office


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