Join the CNRS

Each year the CNRS recruits thousands of permanent and contract employees to meet the scientific needs of laboratories and services.

Recruitment via competitive examination

The CNRS recruits its civil servant staff via competitive examination.

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Recruitment without competitive examination

The CNRS recruits contract employees.

External competitions for engineers and technicians

External competitions for researchers

Internship or apprenticeship contract

Are you looking for an internship or apprenticeship contract at the CNRS?

Apprenticeship contract's offers

Internship's offers

Your career at the CNRS

If you are a CNRS employee, the Human Resources Department will provide career guidance.

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Internal competitions

Working at the CNRS

In 2023 the CNRS employed 33,000 individuals, which included scientists as well as engineers and technicians performing research support functions.

The CNRS is an engaged employer that makes diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity central to its recruitment, for instance via its career guidance offerings.

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Our professions

Discover the various professions you can perform at the CNRS, ranging from basic and applied research to innovation and research support activities.

Research professions

Research support professions


Talent mobility with no borders

5,000 of the researchers, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows working in our laboratories are foreigners
30% of the researchers recruited in 2022 were from abroad
60,000 assignments abroad for research unit staff each year

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