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
Postdoc Appreciation Ice Cream Social Thursday, 24 September 2020 - 3:00pm UBC Postdoctoral Association (PDA)
NPAW 2020: The Academic Job Search - A Panel featuring UBC Postdoc Alumni Thursday, 24 September 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
NPAW 2020: Coffee with President Santa Ono (President and Vice-Chancellor) Wednesday, 23 September 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
NPAW 2020: Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Fall 2020 Tuesday, 22 September 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
NPAW 2020: Hot Lunch with Dr. Matthew Evenden, Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation Monday, 21 September 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Copyright and Licensing for Open Educational Resources (online) Tuesday, 25 August 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm UBC Library
Leading Diversity and Inclusion (online) Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm alumniUBC
CANCELLED: Foundations of Project Management II (with Mitacs Training) (Online) Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, 20 August 2020 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Project Financial Management (online) (POSTPONED) Thursday, 13 August 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Cultivating Solidarity and Nurturing an Anti-racist Teaching Practice (online) Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology


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