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
|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
|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|
|Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm||Graduate Pathways to Success|
Privacy Notification: Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for the purpose of planning and administering each professional development workshop and event offered by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO). Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the PDFO at email@example.com.