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
Project Financial Management Tuesday, 17 September 2019 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Ecoscope/Statistics 2019-20 Workshop Series Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - 1:00pm ECOSCOPE
2019 National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) Barbecue Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Skills of Communication Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Training
Practicing Your Presentation Skills Friday, 4 October 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs Training
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Fall 2019 Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 8:30am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Funding Opportunities for Postdocs in Germany (webinar) Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am University of Cologne
Business Writing for Today's Professional Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Training
Time Management Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Training
Commercialization Speaker Series: Things I'm still learning about Commercializing Innovations...over 40 years later Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute


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