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Join the CNRS: 25 Tenure-track positions available

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This year the CNRS is opening 25 new positions with an "entry package" approaching 300,000 euros, and offering tenure as a Senior Researcher upon completion of the contract. The application period will run from 20 May to 31 August. 

The CNRS is recruiting 25 tenure-track positions across multiple scientific fields ranging from sustainable metallurgy to artificial intelligence, open science, and the Earth’s habitability (read our article on this recruitment campaign).

This contract provides a dedicated financial environment upon joining the CNRS, and includes teaching activities in a higher education institution. These positions are offered on fixed-term contracts (CDD) under public law for a duration of 3 to 6 years. Following evaluation of scientific value and professional aptitude by a tenure commission, tenure will be granted as a CNRS Senior Researcher.

The 25 CNRS Tenure-track positions available:

Chemistry

The CNRS is recruiting a highly-qualified chemist early in his or her career for a tenure-track position. The selected candidate will conduct world-class research in the field of catalysis coupled with operando analysis techniques, and will also perform teaching activities related to chemistry and catalysis.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a highly-qualified chemist early in his or her career for a tenure-track position. The selected candidate will conduct world-class research in the field of sustainable metallurgy, and will perform teaching activities related to alloy metallurgy in a stimulating environment.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a highly-qualified chemist early in his or her career for a tenure-track position. The selected candidate will teach and conduct world-class research in the chemistry of natural products and their interactions with living systems in a stimulating environment.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Ecology and Environment

The tenure-track position proposed by the CNRS will challenge a high-level ecology researcher early in his or her career to strengthen the synergies between evolutionary ecology and functional ecology. This international research programme is particularly relevant—in times of marked environmental change and the loss of biodiversity on a planetary scale—to understanding ecological and evolutionary dynamics, and to predicting their impact on living things. The associated pedagogical approach is open, and covers the full range of ecology, from observation to theory.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a high-level paleoanthropologist early in his or her career for a tenure-track position. The selected candidate will conduct world-class research in hominin paleobiodiversity and will also teach paleoanthropology. The candidate’s research will benefit from powerful technical platforms in motion analysis, 2D and 3D imaging, and vast comparative databases. 

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Mathematics

The CNRS is recruiting a high-level mathematician early in his or her career for a tenure-track position. The selected candidate will conduct world-class research and perform teaching activities in cryptography, or number theory applicable to cryptography, within a stimulating environment

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The candidate selected for this tenure-track position will conduct high-level research and perform teaching activities in the mathematical modelling of natural disasters. He or she will develop predictive, deterministic, and random models, possibly in collaboration with specialists in geosciences within the university environment.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Physics

This tenure-track position aims to strengthen the scientific potential of our world-class facilities in extreme light in Palaiseau. The selected candidate, who will be tenured as a CNRS Senior Researcher after a period of 4 years, will open new theoretical and experimental perspectives in the physics of laser-plasma interaction.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a high-level physicist for a tenure-track position. The selected candidate will conduct world-class research, and will perform teaching activities related to the physics of photoinduced and ultrafast properties of materials. This activity will be carried out as part of a team at the forefront of the field.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a physicist for a tenure-track position at the Institut Néel. The selected candidate will conduct research at the highest international level on innovative materials, in connection with the institute's characterization facilities and the infrastructure at the Grenoble site

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Nuclear and Particle Physics

The careful study of nuclear beta decay is a highly sensitive tool to search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. The MPBE group at LPC Caen has acquired international renown in this area, with a focus on searching for exotic currents and new sources of CP violation. The start of SPIRAL2 at GANIL, with the future construction of DESIR, will ensure the continuity of the current program, and will offer new opportunities for developing a ground-breaking research project in the field.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Research in High Energy Particle Physics (HEPP) focuses on the structure and origin of matter, as well as interactions in the Universe. The primary research area of the LLR’s CMS physics group is spontaneous electroweak symmetry breaking, the scalar sector and related problems inside and beyond the standard model, with the opportunity to make leading contributions in a highly regarded group within the CMS collaboration.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Biological sciences

The CNRS is recruiting for a tenure-track position in cell structural biology. France is well positioned with world-class laboratories studying the interface between structural and cellular microscopies (Cryo-EM, super-resolution imaging, tomography ...).

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a tenure-track position to strengthen its international excellence, and that of UCA, in the highly strategic field of digital education, and to recruit a candidate (ERC or ERC applicant) to LAPSCO, a leading laboratory on digital education.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a tenure-track position to improve its international visibility in the extremely strategic and fast-growing field of microbiota and pathophysiology/health based at the CNRS campus in Orleans, in association with a national infrastructure for the production of animal models

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a tenure-track position at the Roscoff marine station to take part in European and global research on macro-algae, a field in which the CNRS is a major player.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Humanities and Social Sciences

The global challenges raised by climate change, environmental transitions, and the loss of biodiversity, in a context marked by inequalities of all kinds, require responses supported by fundamental knowledge. The CNRS is recruiting a researcher in the humanities and social sciences for a tenure-track position to respond to this dynamic. 

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a researcher in the humanities and social sciences for a tenure-track position dedicated to artificial intelligence, with the goal of developing high-level HSS expertise on the methodological transformations prompted by AI, as well as the social, ethical, and economic issues it raises.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

How does Open Science change the production and circulation of scientific knowledge? How does it change research organisations and the status of research production? The CNRS is recruiting a researcher in the humanities and social sciences for a tenure-track position to shed light on the effects of Open Science on HSS research

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Engineering and Systems Sciences

Within the P' Institute, one of the most important INSIS laboratories with several large-scale experimental platforms, the CNRS is recruiting a specialist in physical hydrodynamics to strengthen interdisciplinary research.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

Help the CNRS unlock the challenge of the future in mechanical engineering by developing original methods in the mechanical sciences based on data and AI: new tools for seeing what is invisible in materials, new techniques for augmented computational mechanics, and quick and accurate predictions.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Information sciences

Participate, as part of a leading French laboratory on the subject, in the highly strategic and sovereign advances in a key AI technology: natural language processing (written, spoken, etc.)

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

Help the CNRS participate in the revolution of data storage on molecular media as part of a national program for massive data storage on DNA and artificial polymers, and help solve highly multidisciplinary problems via the synergy of computer science, chemistry, biology, and microfluidics.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Earth Sciences and Astronomy

The CNRS is recruiting a highly-qualified astronomer for a tenure-track position. The selected applicant will conduct world-class research in co-designing the hardware and software digital architectures required for handling the huge real time data flows from today’s large astronomical observatories. He or she will be in charge of a national observation service under the responsibility of the Observatoire de Paris-PSL.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

 

The CNRS is recruiting a high-level mid-career researcher-observer for a tenure-track position. The selected candidate will conduct research supported by an international observation service. He or she will perform observation activities monitoring the atmospheric composition from the lower troposphere to the stratosphere using active remote sensing techniques deployed at the Haute-Provence (OHP) and/or Reunion (Maido) observatories, and will also develop interactions within the national research infrastructure ACTRIS.

To apply, please click on this link.
Information on the selection committee forthcoming.

Calendar 

​Schedule

Dates

Application Period Opens

20 May 2022 (1:00 p.m. Paris time)

Application Period Closes

31 August 2022 (3:00 p.m. Paris time)

Selection committee reviews applications and selects candidates for interview

September 2022 

Selection committee interviews selected candidates

October 2022

Results

Mid-November 2022

 

The posting to units with a restricted area requires an access authorization, issued after consulting the senior defense and security official of the ministry of higher education and research.

How to Apply

Create your profile in the CNRS job portal : https://emploi.cnrs.fr/

Link to tenure-track position offerings 

Your application file should contain a single PDF document including: 

  • The application form
  • Doctorate or any documents required to establish equivalency;
  • Identity document with a photograph;
  • Any special accommodation request for the interview

Applications that are incomplete upon the close of the application period will not be accepted.

Required Criteria

1 - Hold one of the following qualifications:

- Doctorate

- State doctorate or third-cycle doctorate

- Engineering doctorate

- Research diploma in odontology (DERSO)

- Research diploma in human biology (DERBH)

2 - Hold a foreign university qualification deemed equivalent to one of the above qualifications;

For foreign degrees, you must provide a French translation by a sworn translator, or a Statement of Comparability must be obtained from the ENIC-NARIC: https://www.france-educationin- ternational.fr/enic-naric-menu/comment-obtenir-attestation.

3 – Demonstrate scientific qualifications and research and experience deemed equivalent to the above qualifications.

If you do not hold a doctorate (because you have not yet defended your thesis, or you do not have an equivalent degree but can demonstrate scientific work experience, etc.), or if you hold a foreign degree, you may still be eligible if approved by the competent evaluation body of the National Committee for Scientific Research, which will issue a decision regarding the equivalence of your scientific work experience.

Special Accommodations

If you have a permanent disability and are officially considered a disabled worker, or if you fall under the French obligation to employ people with disabilities, you may qualify for a special accommodation for your interview. Any such accommodations should be requested at the time of application by contacting the "Service central des concours" at DRH.SCC@cnrs.fr.

The request will be reviewed after the submission of supporting documentation demonstrating that you fall under one of the aforementioned categories, along with a medical certificate specifying the requested accommodations, completed by an approved doctor designated by the administration. Such accommodations are not granted automatically, but are rather based on the nature of your disability. They can involve adjusting the length and scheduling of oral exams to your physical abilities, or providing any human and/or technical assistance necessary. If your disability or state of health changes between your request for accommodation and the date of the oral examination, you must provide additional documentation early enough to allow for its implementation as appropriate.

For applicants residing overseas or abroad, or for pregnant candidates or those whose state of health justifies doing so, interviews may be conducted by video conference upon request at the time of application. For more information about the criteria for accommodations, please contact the "Service central des concours" at the time of applying at DRH.SCC@cnrs.fr.

Pour les candidat(e)s ultramarins ou résidant à l’étranger, les candidates enceintes et les candidat(e)s dont l’état de santé le justifie, l’audition est organisée en visioconférence sur demande au moment de l’inscription. Contacter le service des concours à l’adresse suivante DRH.SCC@cnrs.fr

Useful links

This recruitment tool is part of the research programming framework law: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/jorf/id/JORFTEXT000042738027

The terms of this recruitment are governed by decree no. 2021-1710 from 17 December 2021:https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/jorf/id/JORFTEXT000044518389

Decree from 22 February 2022 governing the terms and conditions for applying to tenure-track positions: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/jorf/id/JORFTEXT000045300174

Decree from 21 March 2022 establishing the list of tenure-track positions for 2022: https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/jorf/id/JORFTEXT000045571139