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
What Makes for 'Good' Open and Digital Education? Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm UBC Library
Foundations of Project Management I (with Mitacs Training) (online) Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, 18 June 2020 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Options for Pregnancy Termination Innovation (OPTions) Initiative Hackathon Monday, 15 June 2020 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - 5:00pm OPTions Initiative
Virtual Interviews (online) Friday, 12 June 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Working From Home Full-Time (online) Thursday, 11 June 2020 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Mindfulness Session for Parents & Caregivers Wednesday, 10 June 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, BC Children's Hospital
Design Your Life (online) Wednesday, 10 June 2020 - 12:00pm to Friday, 12 June 2020 - 2:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Postdoc Instructional Skills Workshop - June 2020 (with CTLT) (online) Saturday, 6 June 2020 - 8:15am to Sunday, 14 June 2020 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Navigating Transitions (online) Friday, 5 June 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
McKinsey Canada Launchpad (Virtual Friday, 5 June 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm McKinsey & Company


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