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Working as a researcher

A CNRS researcher's main missions include:

  • Scientific production: articles in "primary" journals, books;
  • Finding applications for research results: patents, participating in conferences;
  • Dissemination of scientific information: popularization articles, informing the general public (through conferences, television or radio broadcasts);
  • Training through research: supervision of PhD students, interns, etc.

In order to fulfill these missions, in the laboratory or in the field, the researcher performs a wide range of activities, depending on his/her specialized field and the techniques employed. These activities include:

  • Defining research topics,
  • Developing protocols in cooperation with the team's engineers and technicians,
  • Conducting experiments and analyzing and interpreting their results,
  • Drafting and publishing articles,
  • Participating in and giving presentations at symposiums, seminars, etc.

In parallel with these scientific production activities, the researcher also participates in the training of PhD students and can teach at the university level. Over the course of a career, the researcher will often be called upon to serve as a team leader, manage scientific projects and participate in administrative activities. He/she may also have the opportunity to register patents and licenses, contribute know-how to an existing company, or even set up his/her own business.

A career as a CNRS researcher

The researcher reports to the laboratory director who will review performance in the laboratory. The director's opinion is taken into account when permanent positions are appointed. He/she will also carry out periodic evaluations.

Each researcher is affiliated to a scientific institute according to his/her specialty.

The director and institute can advise on questions of scientific orientation or reorientation.

Each researcher is also affiliated to a section of the National Committee. The Committee will be involved throughout the researcher's career with regard to:

  • Professional advancement, giving an opinion on promotion requests;
  • Evaluation of research, reviewing performance every two years;
  • Mobility, giving an opinion on mobility requests (transfers), whether internal (to another CNRS laboratory) or external (to another organization, a non-CNRS laboratory).

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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