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
MSFHR Research Trainee Competition Information Session Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - 9:00am to 10:15am Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Postdoctoral Fellows Office
NASEM Forum on Postsecondary Response to COVID-19 (online series) Thursday, 9 April 2020 - 12:00pm to Friday, 24 April 2020 - 1:30pm NASEM Board on Higher Education and Workforce
Career Planning for Scientists (online) Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Networking, Informational Interview, and Using LinkedIn for Career Advancement (online) Thursday, 2 July 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Creating and Presenting a Virtual Poster (online) Thursday, 9 July 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Picking the Perfect Postdoc (online) Wednesday, 22 April 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Academic Job Search: Applying (online) Thursday, 23 April 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Traditional Journal Publishing Friday, 24 April 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
CV's, Resumes and Cover Letters: Essential Job Search Documents (online) Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Pre/Post Publication Peer Review Friday, 1 May 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education

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Privacy Notification: Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for the purpose of planning and administering each professional development workshop and event offered by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO). Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the PDFO at postdoctoral.fellows@ubc.ca.