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Researchers' recruitment examination
Permanent CNRS researchers are national civil servants and are therefore recruited by competitive examination. They are divided into scientific disciplines or groups of disciplines, corresponding to sections or interdisciplinary commissions of the National Committee for Scientific Research.
|Rank||Researcher (CR)||Senior researcher (DR)|
|Grade||2nd class (CR2)||1st class (CR1)||2nd class (DR2)||1st class (DR1)|
|Required level||PhD||4 years of research experience||8 years of research experience||12 years of research experience|
|Conditions||Applicants of any nationality who have earned a doctorate, PhD, other diploma(s) from outside France, and/or equivalent degree(s) or experience. Equivalency is determined by a specific governing body that is entitled to refuse the application.|
Timetable and recruitment process
|Job openings are posted on the CNRS researchers' recruitment website.|
|Deadline for applications to be filed.|
February to July
|The candidate selection process takes place in two phases:
|The selected candidates begin work at the lab specified in their acceptance letter.|
Contractual recruitment of disabled researchers
Every year, CNRS recruits disabled researchers either by regular competitive examination (with the possibility of adaptive testing) or by contractual agreement.*
The contractual recruitment process is intended to facilitate the recruitment of disabled scientists as CNRS researchers, according to the organization's obligation to employ disabled workers provided for in the French Labor Code. It allows them to be recruited on the basis of a one-year contract that can be renewed once, before becoming permanent.
The latter is open to candidates who qualify to benefit from the above-mentioned obligation and are not already employed in the public sector, provided that they meet the necessary requirements for the position in question.**
* In accordance with Article 27 of French law n°84-16 (amended) related to certain procedures for the recruitment of disabled staff in the public sector.
** The general prerequisites for recruitment are specified in decree n°95-979 dated 25 August 1995 (amended), related to the recruitment of disabled persons in the public sector.
To find out more
- Researchers' recruitment website
- Recruitment of disabled researchers
- Employment portal: contractual job offers (in French)
- National Committee sections
- National Committee's interdisciplinary commissions