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 Datesort descending Organizer
Networking Thursday, 5 November 2015 - 9:30am to 11:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success, and Mitacs Step
Planning for success at UBC and beyond: Establishing your individual development plan Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
MSFHR 2016 Research Trainee Competition Information Session Monday, 30 November 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
NSERC Grant Writing Wednesday, 2 December 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Winter 2016 Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Essentials of Productive Teams Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success, and Mitacs Step
Time Management Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success, and Mitacs Step
Compiling Professional Work Search Documents: Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters, Bios, and Profiles Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
Succeeding in Difficult Conversations Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
The Best Candidate Wins: Interview to Job Negotiation Strategies Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)


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