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
7th Annual Online Career Conference for PhDs Saturday, 2 May 2020 - 11:00am Beyond the Professoriate
Pre/Post Publication Peer Review Friday, 1 May 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
Networking Skills (with Mitacs Training) (online) Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Immigration for Postdoctoral Fellows (online) Wednesday, 29 April 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
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
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)
Graduate Students in Teaching Mini Conference 2020 (Online) Monday, 27 April 2020 - 10:00am to Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 3:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Traditional Journal Publishing Friday, 24 April 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Welcoming Change Into Your Life - Webinar Thursday, 23 April 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm UBC Vancouver, HR


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