Internal Competitions

Internal competitions are reserved for engineers and technicians, civil servants and contract holders of the CNRS and the three sections of the Civil Service (national, territorial and public health), as well as candidates who have served in an administration, organisation or establishment of a member state of the European Community or a State party. Conditions must be met subject to length of service, variable depending on the "corps" involved (research engineer, design engineer, assistant engineer, research technician, assistant research technician). These conditions are enumerated in the applicant’s guide.

Both a vehicle for promotion of CNRS staff and a means of recruitment for the institution, internal competitions concern all positions in higher education, research and innovation.

Vacant Positions in all branches of professional activity

BAP A: Life, earth and environmental sciences
BAP B: Chemistry and material sciences
BAP C: Engineering and scientific instrumentation
BAP D: Human and social sciences
BAP E: Computer science, statistics and scientific computing
BAP F: Culture, communication, creation and dissemination of knowledge
BAP G: Property assets, logistics, restoration and prevention
BAP J: Management and monitoring

Consult the branches of professional activity at the Employment Portal for CNRS engineers and technicians.

Timetable and results

Timetable for tests
Composition of Juries

Conduct of internal competitions

Competitions are conducted as follows:

1. Admissibility: review of the application


The jury’s review of the application is an essential stage in the competition. The application presented by the candidate allows a first assessment.  It is the jury’s only element for selecting the candidates to be interviewed.

The jury examines the applications of candidates admitted to the competition based on the following criteria:


Operational knowledge and knowhow

Responsibility and/or supervision

Degree of initiative, degree of responsibility


The candidate’s commitment and involvement in his/her assignments and transversal or collective interest assignments, aptitude for teamwork


Progression in assignments, mobility, continuous training

2. Acceptance:

Interview of the candidates selected by the jury, followed by deliberation to establish the list of winners.