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Professional Development Events

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.

The PDFO reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule a course due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs registrants will be contacted via email as soon as possible.

Previous Events

Event Title Event Date Sort ascending Organizer
Summer STEM Series: Getting Started wiht Departmental EDI Committees - Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC
CIRTL Summer Teaching Institute - CIRTL and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Career Planning for Scientists - National Institues of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education
Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows: Summer 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Beyond the Thesis: Careers in Industry for STEM Grads Elsevier
Summer Institute in Project Management - Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Clear, Accurate, Concise writing - GAPS
Business Writing for Today's Professionals (with Mitacs Training) - Postdoctoral Fellows Office
How to be a Savvy Networker - alumniUBC
Communicating Through Conflict: Managing Difficult Conversations and Other Life Skills - Postdoctoral Fellows Office

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