PhD Career Development Unit

Career Support for PhD Students and Postdocs

PhDC empowers PhD students and postdocs to explore their life and career goals.
We help them enhance transferable skills, find and get future career paths,
and form interdisciplinary networks.

PhDC Pamphlet

Note for foreign students

 If you want to join a Japanese company, Japanese communication capability is almost always required.

 * Japanese levels required

  Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

  N1 (desirable)

  N3 (at least)

Our Career Support Programs

All PhD students and postdocs in Tohoku University are eligible.
Programs with gray icons can be registered throughout the year.

Career Education詳細 Basic Ph.D. Literacy
(Graduate School Common Subject)
Ph.D. Literacy Fostering Course
(Former “Innovative Leaders Fostering Course”)詳細

Transferable skills, Interdisciplinary network.
*Students may take the course even if they do not need the credit.
*Second year of master students planning to go on to PhD courses are allowed for attending these classes.

Doctoral Internship
(Graduate School Common Subject)詳細

Supporting research internships provided by Doctoral Internship, C-ENGINE(Research internships longer than 1 month.), Coop-J consortium, and others.

Career Support詳細 Individual Career Support詳細

Support by PhDC:Career supports considering your research, skills, individuality, etc. Career counseling, support for the preparation of application forms and interviews./Research Internship Support

Job Fair詳細

Exchange meeting event with companies
Scheduled to be held online on October

*The main language is Japanese.

Seminars/Web Exchange詳細

Internship seminar:IS experience stories, introduction to IS programs, etc.
Career Seminar: Case examples of a PhD good showing, and company expectation to PhD.
Web Exchange: Experience of job hunting and internship, Job hunting stories of international students, Various experiences by OB/OG.

PhDC Information Service詳細

We use the mailing list of PhDC registrants to send information about events, job openings,etc. via email.Distribution of information on shared events of partner universities.*If you have already signed up for any of the following 4 programs: ①” Basic Ph.D. Literacy”/Ph.D. Literacy Fostering Course(Former“Innovative Leaders Fostering Course”) ② Research Internship Support(”Doctoral Internship ”), ③ Individual Career Support,, ④ Job Fair Dr. Presenter, you do not need to sign up for “PhDC information service.”


  • This consortium is a continuation of a project started in FY2016 by Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, and Nagoya University, which were supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Project for Establishing a Consortium for Human Resource Development in Science and Technology (Next Generation Researcher Development Program).
    Currently, we have expanded our collaboration to include 12 universities: Niigata University, Tsukuba University, Ochanomizu University, Yokohama National University, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka University, Kobe University, University of Hyogo, and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.
    PhDC registrants will be able to participate in career education programs and events offered by the above partner University.

  • With the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, C-ENGINE was established in 2014 as a consortium of universities and companies to promote internships, and Tohoku University is a member of the consortium.
    Doctoral students enrolled in Tohoku University can register with C-ENGINE to select an internship that matches their research and skills from a wide range of companies.
    The faculty member in PhDC serves as a conduit between students and companies. They coordinate the content and timing of internships and assist in the matching process, taking into account individual conditions and characteristics to make the internship meaningful for both students and companies.

  • The consortium, established in 2021 under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), aims to promote long-term, paid research internships as part of postgraduate education, thereby matching the kind of employment appropriate for Society 5.0 with the kind of learning offered by higher education.
    Tohoku University is a member of the consortium, and PhDC plays the role of a consultation office.



  • For Ph.D. students who have begun to consider entering an industry, and for the university faculty and staff who supervise and support them, we present here the results of a survey of what companies want from Ph.D. graduates.


On-campus-only content

  • Click here to view the “Tips for Job Finding in Japan Non-Japanese Ph.D. students and Postdocs” video.


Contact us

Engineering Laboratory Complex Bldg., 13F(C10)
6-6-11 Aoba,Aramaki,Aoba-ku Sendai city Miyagi Pref. 980-8579 Japan

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