External competitions

Researchers competitions

The CNRS recruits permanent researchers through competitive examinations. Open to all fields of science each year in December, they are divided into sections or interdisciplinary commissions of the National Committee for Scientific Research.

To apply

Competitions are open to all nationalities, holders of a doctorate, PhD or other foreign degrees, titles or equivalent research (examined by a board of equivalency).


Timetable and competition process


  • December - January: posting of positions and registration online on the researchers competitions site
  • February to July: selection of candidates based on review of the application, followed by interview
  • October 1st: appointment and first day on the job


Engineers and technicians competitions

The CNRS recruits permanent engineers and technicians through competitive examinations. Open every year in June, they offer numerous positions in research support and assistance, grouped by branch of professional activity (BPA).

To apply

  • All nationalities, research engineers (IR), project engineers (IE) and assistant engineers (AI): BAC+2 to BAC+8;
  • Citizens of an Economic Community member state or another country belonging to the European Economic Area, technicians (T) and technical research assistants (AJT): BEP to BAC.

Timetable and competition process

  • June: posting of positions and registration open online on the IT competitions site
  • September to November: two-stage selection of candidates: review of the application and possibly, written or practical test, followed by interview
  • December 1st: appointment and first day on the job

Reserved Professionalized Tests

The CNRS implements a recruitment procedure by means of professionalized tests for contractual employees, under the conditions of the Law of 12 March 2012 (aka Sauvadet Law). These tests will be open until 2020, for staff with fixed-term or permanent contracts in an EPST (Scientific and Technological Public Institute) at a given date and meeting precise conditions of seniority. They open in June at the same time as external IT competitions.  

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