PhD Career Development Unit

PhDC supports career development for Ph.D. students and Postdocs

Goals of Support Activities for Ph.D. students and Postdocs

1.Improve various qualities and abilities (transferable skills)
with research skills at the core
2.Grow independently
3.Gain a concrete vision of the future career and earn it
4.Have a more fulfilling future life as a Ph.D.

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)

Career Development Process and Support Framework for Ph.D. Students and Postdocs

Our Career Support Programs

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

Awareness ProgramsDetail Basic Ph.D. Literacy
(Graduate School Common Subject)
Ph.D. Literacy Fostering Course
(For PD)詳細

Transferable skills, Interdisciplinary network.
*Also serves as a forum for exchange across disciplines

*Courses offered in the spring and fall semesters(3h each x 8 sessions)

Seminars/PhDC Exchange Meetings詳細

Career Seminar: case examples of a Ph.D. good showing, and company expectation to Ph.D.
Exchange Meetings: experiences on job hunting and internship, job hunting stories of international students,and various experiences by OB/OG.

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

Practical Participation ProgramDetail 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.

Job Fair詳細

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

*The main language is Japanese.

OthersDetail PhDC Information Service詳細

We use the mailing list 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.”


  • PhDC registrants can participate in partner Universitiesʼ career education programs and events.
    This consortium is a continuation of a project started in FY2016 by Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, and Nagoya University. Currently, we have expanded our collaboration to include 13 universities: Three universities from the beginning, Niigata University, Tsukuba University, Ochanomizu University, Yokohama National University, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka University, Kobe University, University of Hyogo, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

  • The consortium, established in 2021 under the leadership of MEXT, aims to promote long-term, paid research internships as part of postgraduate education. Tohoku University is a consortium member, and PhDC is the consultation office.

  • C-ENGINE was established in 2014 as a consortium of universities and companies to promote internships with the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry support. Tohoku University is a consortium member.
    Doctoral students enrolled in Tohoku University can register with C-ENGINE to select an internship that matches their research field and (transferable) skills from a 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.



  • 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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