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Working as an engineer or technician

Mechanic, secretary, IT specialist, glassmaker, animal handler, chemist, cartographer, graphic designer, nurse, lawyer… These are just some of the many professions represented within CNRS laboratories, departments and divisions.

All of these skills are organized in Professional Activity Branches (BAP) and fall under the category of engineers and technicians, who assist researchers in their scientific activities.

Engineers define the technical characteristics of large-scale scientific projects, manage these projects from design to completion and monitor the instrumentation. They develop new methods and techniques, design prototypes and original pieces of equipment. They are in charge of research support activities: administrative and financial management, communication, network systems, etc.

Technicians assist researchers and engineers in every aspect of the implementation of experiments. They carry out measurements and tests, apply the experimental protocols and maintain the equipment in good condition. They are also involved in all research support activities: secretarial services, administrative and financial management, communication, etc.

A career as a CNRS engineer or technician

The engineer or technician will report to either the laboratory or department director, who will:

  • Define the job description or professional profile,
  • Give assignments,
  • Provide the means to carry out assignments and to function as an integral part of the unit.

The director oversees rights and responsibilities and will ensure safe working environments for the completion of assignments.

The director evaluates work during the one-year trial period. He/she will also review performance within the unit or department. This review will be included in the professional record each year.

Local contacts in regional offices, in particular the head of the Human Resources department or the human resources and training advisor, will offer their support, and are always ready to advise researchers throughout their career.

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