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What is CNRS ?
CNRS is the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, or the French National Center for Scientific Research.  It is a publicly funded research organization, under the authority of the French Ministry of Research, and is the largest of several French research organizations with the legal status of Public Scientific and Technological Institution (Etablissement public à caractère scientifique et technologique, or EPST, in French.)
Research at CNRS covers all the major fields of scientific research, and is organized into 6 research departments and two national institutes.
A brief description, organization chart, key figures, and other information are all available in the About CNRS section of the web site.

What are the employment opportunities at CNRS?
  • The majority of CNRS staff members, including all tenured researchers, are French civil servants.  As such, they are recruited through an annual competitive entry process, called "concours".  This recruitment process is open to foreigners as well, and the researcher job listings appear on the CNRS web site in December, for a January application deadline and employment beginning in October.  Look for an icon on the CNRS home page called "concours chercheur" or "CNRS is recruiting researchers"
  • Non-researcher jobs are also filled through an annual competitive entry process.  These jobs tend to be more technically-oriented, and cover a wide range of job types.  Research engineer (ingenieur de recherche) jobs are in this category, and require a Ph.D.  Look for an icon on the CNRS home page called "concours ITA" or "CNRS is recruiting engineers".  The recruitment season is in the spring, with job listings generally appearing in March.
  • In addition to tenured positions, there are also other research positions, such as postdoctoral fellowships and temporary positions for researchers.  More information about these various categories can be found in the section of the web site called Join CNRS.
How do I find the contact information for a CNRS researcher?
We have a tool called "People Finder" to help you.  You can find the link on the left-hand side of the English home page for CNRS.  People Finder is a very simple search engine, which uses CNRS' employee database, to allow you to search for people by first and/or last name (or parts thereof). 

How does postdoc recruitment work?
There are several steps to the postdoc recruitment process.  The first one is a call for proposals to CNRS labs: during this step, interested labs propose defined postdoc positions, and CNRS selects from among these according to the number of positions for which funding is available in a given year.  The second step is to open the chosen postdoc positions up for competition to candidates.  Candidates whose profile corresponds to the postdoc job openings posted on the CNRS web site can file applications.  These applications are then reviewed, and candidates informed of CNRS' decision. 
The recruitment process is currently underway, and the job listings can be accessed through the "Postdoctoral research positions 2007" icon at the top of the English home page. 

How do I find contact information for a CNRS lab?
On the left-hand side of the English home page, there is a link called "how to find a CNRS lab".  This document will walk you through the steps of using the CNRS lab directory (which is only available in French for now) to find labs working in the field of interest to you.

Can I do a PhD at CNRS?
No, as CNRS is not an educational, degree-awarding institution.  You can, however, sign up for at university, and then carry out research towards your degree in a joint CNRS-university lab.  For more information about French educational system, see the following website (in French) :
How can I order CNRS publications?
CNRS has an in-house publishing company, CNRS Editions.  If you want to order a CNRS publication,  you can look for it in their catalogue.

Is it possible to have visiting researcher positions at CNRS?
Absolutely.  The best way to set up a visiting researcher position is to find a lab where you wish to work, and contact the lab director for more information.  Contact information for labs and their directors can be found by following the steps described in "How to find a CNRS lab"

Can CNRS provide funding?
CNRS is not a funding agency, but rather a research performing organization.  We cannot provide funding for non-CNRS researchers who wish, for example, to attend conferences which are unrelated to CNRS. 

Is it possible to do a scientific internship at CNRS?
CNRS does not have an official internship program.  However, if you contact a lab directly, it may be able to host you for an internship.  You can find labs working in your field of interest by following the steps described in "How to find a CNRS lab"
How to find information on the website quickly
There is a section in the upper right hand menu (across the top of the page) called Key Words, which provides quick access to various items within the website.

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