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
How to Apply for Grants Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm The National Geographic Society
Immigration Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
From Surviving to Thriving: Supporting your Wellbeing through Self-care Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 12:45pm to 2:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
The Non-Academic Job Search for Postdocs and Graduate Students Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Graduate Pathways to Success
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Summer 2018 Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 8:30am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Project Financial Management Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
NSERC Grant Writing Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Mitacs Internship Info Session – Finding non-academic collaborations to advance your career Wednesday, 4 April 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success Program and Mitacs
Foundations of Project Management 1 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs
Employer on Campus: Boston Consulting Group Monday, 19 March 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers


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