Career Support for PhD students and Postdocs

The Front Office for Human Resource Education & Development provides assistance to young PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in career development.They have five offices: S-cubic, I-HoP, FResHU, COFRe, and Tenure-Track.

The S-cubic office was established 10 years ago to support PhD students (DC) and post-doctoral researchers (PD) in developing and designing their own career path, and is especially aimed towards those interested in working in the private sector. The office uses a system called Hi-System. Hi-System is a web-based information exchange system that provides a link between DCs, PDs, and teaching staff to companies in the private sector. It also utilizes a program called Advanced COSA, in which research directors from companies outside of academia are invited to help provide awareness of the various career paths available to young researchers. The office also plans and executes MOT lectures that serve as seminars on career management and guidance. It also promotes events which emphasize practical participation, such events include those run by the Akaiito-Kai (“Red Thread Society”). The name of this society is a reference to the East Asian belief that those who are meant to meet are connected by a red thread, and it is under this presumption that the society works to match DC and PD researchers with companies. Furthermore, it provides internship support so that young researchers can gain practical work experience. Through these activities, the S-cubic office provides many DCs and PDs each year with the opportunity to launch exciting careers in industry.

Telephone +81(0)11-706-3275
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International researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) are an asset to Hokkaido University and are becoming increasingly more valuable to Japanese companies and research institutions who are faced with the growing pressure of globalization. I-HoP provides career consultation and career development assistance in English so that international researchers will seriously take into consideration working for Japanese companies and research institutions. J-window, a career consultation service in English, is one such service readily available. Other programs may be developed in the future to suit the requirements of those who use our services. Register with “Hi-System” and enroll yourself to the I-HoP network.

I-HoP (Hokudai International Human Resource Development Program)
Telephone +81(0)11-706-2157
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The Support Office for Female Researchers in Hokkaido University (FResHU) has been established within the framework of Hokkaido University’s policy of promoting gender equality. Female undergraduate and graduate students, and research and teaching staff alike need a learning and working environment in which their talents can be developed to their full potential.

For this purpose, FResHU seeks to provide the beneficiaries of the program not only with guidance and mentoring, but also with sources of inspiration. This office also strives to induce changes in the general attitude towards women in academia.

Hokkaido University has committed itself to a “Triple Twenties Policy”: by 2020, 20% of all staff in teaching and research positions should be women. To achieve this goal, the university has devised a “positive action scheme” which incorporates substantial incentives for faculties and departments to select and appoint women. In addition, the university will reach out to young women in high school, guiding and supporting their future study choices, to address the issue of female representation in science at a grass roots level.

Telephone +81(0)11-706-3625
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COFRe , one of Hokkaido University’s representative organizations, was established in 2014 together with Tohoku University and Nagoya University as a part of the program for Constructing Consortia for the Education of Scientific and Technological Personnel launched by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Under this program, the three universities created a consortium in which they combine all of their education resources to construct a system designed to foster the next generation of researchers. The consortium makes effective use of the know-how and develops the resources accumulated by each of the three universities to further develop human resources in science and technology. In addition to promoting the increased expertise of young researchers, the consortium provides these researchers with the ability to fully exercise these skills in a variety of situations both in Japan and overseas, producing a new generation of scientific and technological personnel who also have a global mindset and transferrable skills. In principle, the duration of study with COFRe is a comparatively long – 5 years. However, this provides sufficient time for students to acquire the diverse range of fundamental knowledge required to become a researcher. This project consists of two programs: the Education Program for the Next Generation of Researchers, aimed at assistant professors with fixed term contracts, and the Cooperative Education Program for Developing Innovative Human Resources, which is open to PD and DC researchers.

COFRe (Consortium Office for Fostering of Researchers in Future Generations)
Telephone +81(0)11-706-2271
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The Promotion Office for Tenure-Track plays an important role in the Hokkaido University tenure-track system in supporting skilled young researchers to become future leaders by advertising job posts both domestically and internationally. The office also aims to standardize the Hokudai Tenure-Track Promotion Program throughout all of the divisions and departments at the university. 

 Tenure- Track
Telephone +81(0)11-706-9181, 9283
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Updated on   March 18, 2020