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 Organizersort descending
CIRTL Foundations of Pedagogy (FoP1) - Fall 2018 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 4:00pm CIRTL at UBC
Highlights of ASM’s Science Writing and Publishing Institute Monday, 29 April 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Ecoscope/Statistics 2019-20 Workshop Series Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - 1:00pm ECOSCOPE
A Successful Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Project: From Proposal to Implementation Wednesday, 5 June 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm EURAXESS
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
Simple strategies for happier time: The role of people, workplaces, and policy in promoting time affluence Wednesday, 15 May 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Preparing for the Non-Academic Job Market Tuesday, 28 January 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Big Thinking - "Networked bodies, AI, and our future digital lives" (virtual lecture) Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
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
The Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Graduate Pathways to Success and University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO)


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