About the ‘Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers (LEADER) ’project

MEXT started its LEADER project in FY2016. The aim of this project is to show new career paths to young researchers who might succeed in nationwide research institutions run by industry, academia, or government, while creating a stable and autonomous position for young researchers that is conducive to tackling new areas of research. The important points are as follows.

  1. Employment is to be carried out under a tenure-tracking system or another similar, fair, transparent, and stable personnel system.
  2. Build an autonomous research environment so that EYRs can set their own research themes by themselves and carry out the research.
  3. Assuming total office hours per year of 100%, in principle, EYRs should spend 50% or more on making efforts to conduct research activities for 5 years after employment

These features of LEADER have something in common with the tenure-track scheme and these two systems combine well.

Hokkaido University has launched two new systems that involve combinations of the MEXT LEADER project and our tenure-track scheme. The first system is offered in combination with the Hokudai tenure-track system, which makes use of LEADER’s screening process; after employment, the researcher will be on our tenure track with the features described above. This system is called the ‘Hybrid-Type Hokudai System’. The second system is offered in combination with the tenure-track system operated by individual faculties. This system is called the ‘Departmental LEADER System’.

Overall, we will use a combination of the LEADER system and the tenure-track system to foster and support young researchers.

Tenure-Track Posts and Tenure Posts

From 2016, Hokkaido University will broaden the range of tenure positions in its tenure-track system beyond that of assistant professor, although the tenure position will continue to be principally associated with the position of associate professor through FY2015.

Please refer to the application guidelines for each open recruitment.

Our aim is that the desired image of a tenured faculty member Hokudai system will remain the same, even if the tenured position is different.