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.

    PDFO Workshops and Seminars

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Design Your Life Thursday, 22 April 2021 - 10:00am to 11:45am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Immigration Law for UBC Administrators Friday, 23 April 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Introduction to the Investigations Office and SVPRO Wednesday, 28 April 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    The Best Candidate Wins Thursday, 29 April 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Self-Care for Personal and Professional Success Monday, 3 May 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Virtual Coffee with President Santa Ono Tuesday, 4 May 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Strengthening Resilience as a Postdoctoral Fellow Wednesday, 5 May 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Effective Supervisory Skills Thursday, 13 May 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Networking Skills (with Mitacs Training) Tuesday, 18 May 2021 - 9:00am to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Confident Public Speaking and Communication: A tactical approach Wednesday, 19 May 2021 - 9:30am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Managing Difficult Conversations and Other Life Skills Thursday, 20 May 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Business Writing for Today's Professionals (with Mitacs Training) Thursday, 27 May 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows: Summer 2021 Tuesday, 8 June 2021 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office

    Other Workshops and Seminars

    Event Title Date Organizer
    How I Decided to Leave Academia Friday, 23 April 2021 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
    The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc Monday, 26 April 2021 - 9:00am Boston University
    How to be a Savvy Networker Wednesday, 26 May 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm alumniUBC

    Previous Events

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Immigration Law for Postdoctoral Fellows Thursday, 8 April 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Writing the Op-Ed: An Instructional Talk Wednesday, 7 April 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Public Humanities Hub and the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
    Faculty Perspectives on Writing the Op-Ed Wednesday, 7 April 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am Public Humanities Hub and the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
    Teaching as Research Internship Wednesday, 31 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
    Project Financial Management - Budgeting Basics Wednesday, 31 March 2021 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
    Project Financial Management - Budgeting Basics (POSTPONED) Wednesday, 31 March 2021 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Non-Academic Career Options for STEM PhDs Friday, 26 March 2021 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
    Non-Academic Career Options for Humanities and Social Science PhDs Friday, 26 March 2021 - 9:00am Beyond the Professoriate
    Creating and Presenting Virtual Posters Friday, 26 March 2021 - 7:45am to 8:30am National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
    LinkedIn Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success

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