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.

    PDFO Workshops and Seminars

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Communicating Your Value in a Way that Works Tuesday, 11 May 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm 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 1:30pm 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
    Summer Institute in Project Management Tuesday, 1 June 2021 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 27 July 2021 - 11:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows: Summer 2021 Tuesday, 8 June 2021 - 9:00am to 12:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    COVID-19 and its Impact on the Labour Market Tuesday, 22 June 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Instructional Skills Workshop for Postdoctoral Fellows Saturday, 17 July 2021 - 8:00am to Sunday, 25 July 2021 - 5:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office

    Other Workshops and Seminars

    Event Title Date Organizer
    Spring Career Symposium: Building Clarity and Confidence and Roadmap to Careers Tuesday, 11 May 2021 - 12:30pm to Wednesday, 12 May 2021 - 4:30pm Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
    How to be a Savvy Networker Wednesday, 26 May 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm alumniUBC
    CIRTL Summer Teaching Institute Monday, 14 June 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 23 June 2021 - 5:00pm CIRTL and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

    Previous Events

    Event Title Date Organizer
    WMMHD Fireside Chat Wednesday, 5 May 2021 - 1:15pm Canadian Alliance for Maternal Mental Health
    Strengthening Resilience as a Postdoctoral Fellow (POSTPONED) Wednesday, 5 May 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Strategic Approaches To Perinatal Mental Health Care in Canada Wednesday, 5 May 2021 - 7:30am to 11:00am Ludmer Centre and the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative
    Virtual Coffee with President Santa Ono Tuesday, 4 May 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Self-Care for Personal and Professional Success (POSTPONED) Monday, 3 May 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Tips for Giving Highly Effective Feedback Thursday, 29 April 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    The Best Candidate Wins Thursday, 29 April 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    Social Justice & Science Wednesday, 28 April 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Weill Cornell Graduate School
    Introduction to the Investigations Office and SVPRO (POSTPONED) Wednesday, 28 April 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Postdoctoral Fellows Office
    The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc Monday, 26 April 2021 - 9:00am Boston University


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