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Temporary contracts for postdoctoral fellows

CNRS has not launched a national recruitment campaign for postdoctoral fellows since 2010. It does, however, recruit postdoctoral fellows throughout the year on temporary, potentially renewable one-year contracts for specific research projects. These temporary positions can cover all scientific disciplines, depending on the laboratories' needs.

The contractual recruitment of young postdoctoral researchers is intended to:

  • allow young PhDs of any nationality to gain experience outside of their initial university laboratory,
  • acquire additional, top-level research experience,
  • prepare under good conditions for later recruitment by a company or academic laboratory in France or abroad, with no hiatus after the completion of their degree.

In particular, contractual recruitment is intended to enable young French PhDs who have temporarily left the country to succeed in their professional integration once they return to France.

The latest offers are put on line on the CNRS employment portal (in french).

CNRS Higher Education chairs

This program is intended to attract young talents to specific positions defined jointly by CNRS and universities as part of a common scientific policy. Lecturers recruited to fill the CNRS Higher Education chairs are selected both by the university and CNRS,. They are hired by the university and integrated into a CNRS regional office.

For five years, chairholders can devote most of their time and energy to the development of their research project in an optimal scientific environment, while fulfilling teaching duties limited to one-third of their professional schedule. In addition to a salary, laureates of the CNRS Higher Education chairs also receive a substantial bonus as well as credits to fund their research.

These chairs are accessible not only to young PhDs applying for their first teaching position, but also to lecturers seeking a transfer, as well as researchers who want to become lecturers. Since the competitive examination for the chairs is the same as that for the recruitment of lecturers, all applicants must be on the list of qualified candidates.

Academics' positions

Academic positions within CNRS regional offices alleviate university lecturers and professors' teaching workload, enabling them to devote themselves to research.

Their salaries continue to be paid by their original institutions, but their teaching duties are suspended during the delegation period (6 months or 1 year).

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