Under the leadership of the president, the Leader Development Promotion Committee (LDPC), consisting of the vice president and committee members (both internal and external), supervises the overall tenure-track process from employment examinations, evaluations, through to tenure reviews of tenure-track researchers.
The Leader Development System Executive Committee (LDSEC), organized within the LDPC, plans and operates the leadership-developing programs for tenure-track researchers. The Office for Developing Future Research Leaders (L-Station) is engaged in the administration of the system and in the support of tenure-track researchers.
These organizations cooperate with participating departments to operate and to foster young researchers.
Hokkaido University constructed the basis of its tenure-track system for young researchers in 2007, under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) support project ‘Improvement of the Job Environment for Researchers’. During the initial period of the project (2007–2011), the university established the foundations of its tenure-track system and accumulated the knowhow required to operate it. We also employed 19 talented researchers as tenure-track assistant professors, and all those hired during the first year were successful in their tenure reviews. These achievements were highly valued, and received an ‘S’ ranking in the evaluation of the project by MEXT.
During the second period of the project (2011–2015), Hokkaido University was selected by MEXT for the ‘Subsidy Project on Fostering Human Resources in Science and Technology (Promotion and Standardization of Tenure-Track System)’ in FY2011, FY2012, FY2013, and FY2015. The aim of this project was to expand the use of the tenure-track system. We designed a new tenure scheme option based on individual departments, and we employed 25 young researchers during this period. These activities received an ‘A’ ranking in the midterm evaluation by MEXT.
During the third and current period, which commenced in 2016, the tenure-track system will be continuously expanded on the basis of the Future Strategy for the 150th Anniversary of Hokkaido University. We are also responding to the diversified needs of the research and education scene in the various departments through the ‘Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers’ (LEADER) project supported by MEXT.