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
Industry Careers: Job Search Skills (online workshop/seminar) Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education
Becoming a Resilient Scientist: Setting Reasonable Expectations and Healthy Boundaries for Ourselves and with our Supervisors Wednesday, 1 April 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education
The German Research Landscape & Funding Opportunities for Faculty and Postdocs Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost
Copyright and Licensing for Open Educational Resources (online) Tuesday, 12 May 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Open UBC Webinar Series
Options for Pregnancy Termination Innovation (OPTions) Initiative Hackathon Monday, 15 June 2020 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - 5:00pm OPTions Initiative
Witness Webinar: Can Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Still Respect Personal Privacy? Monday, 4 May 2020 - 8:30am Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Fall 2017 Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 8:30am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
2017 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Barbecue Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Public Speaking and Presentation Mastery Wednesday, 8 May 2019 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
European Funding Opportunities for Students, Postdocs and Researchers of All Nationalities Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office


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