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.

The PDFO reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule a course due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs registrants will be contacted via email as soon as possible.

    Previous Events

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Strategies and Tools for Dealing with Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic (online) Friday, 27 March 2020 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education
    Skills of Communication (online) Friday, 27 March 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs Training
    CANCELLED: Immigration Clinics for Postdoctoral Fellows - March 2020 Tuesday, 24 March 2020 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Housing and Relocation Services Office
    CANCELLED: Foundations of Project Management II Tuesday, 17 March 2020 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Training
    Virtual Event Series - BCG Canada Monday, 16 March 2020 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, 25 March 2020 - 7:00pm BCG Canada
    UBC PDA & SFU PDA Career Networking Night Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm UBC Postdoctoral Association and SFU Postdoctoral Association
    How to Keep Your Cash - An Introduction to Canadian Taxes (Session 3 of 3) Wednesday, 4 March 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    How to Keep Your Cash - An Introduction to Canadian Taxes (Session 2 of 3) Tuesday, 3 March 2020 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    How to Keep Your Cash - An Introduction to Canadian Taxes (Session 1 of 3) Tuesday, 3 March 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Fostering research collaborations at the Graduate and Postgraduate levels Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 8:30am to 3:30pm UBC Knowledge Exchange Unit (Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation)


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