Career and earnings
Permanent CNRS researchers are French civil servants. Accordingly,
they come under the general civil service code.
Researchers belong to one of two categories:
Chargés de recherche, or CR (researchers), which includes two
- CR2 or chargé de recherche de 2ème classe (2nd grade. researcher)
- CR1 or chargé de recherche de 1ère classe (1st grade researcher)
Directeurs de recherche, or DR (senior researchers), which
includes 3 grades:
- DR2 or directeur de recherche de 2ème classe (2nd grade senior
- DR1 or directeur de recherche de 1ère classe (1st grade senior
- DRCE or directeur de recherche de classe exceptionnelle (exceptional
grade senior researcher)
Each grade includes several levels.
The CNRS president assigns researchers to a laboratory, where
they are placed under the authority of the Director of the research
CRs are appointed as trainees, and the CNRS president appoints a
senior researcher to supervise their work. A tutor may also support
them during their traineeship.
For CR2 positions, gross monthly salaries range from 2200 € to 2
For CR1 positions, gross monthly salaries range from 2300 € to 3 900
For DR positions, gross monthly salaries range from 3 000 € to 6 000
This base salary is supplemented by annual research bonuses.
Researchers are required to submit an annual activity report.
They also submit a progress report twice a year for examination by
the National Committee for Scientific Research, the evaluation
authority for researchers and laboratories consisting of nearly one
thousand national and international experts from all disciplines.
During their career, researchers may join another public or
private research institution, a French or foreign university or
school or even a company through external transfer.
Researchers wishing to take a leave of absence from their laboratory
will temporarily leave their former unit. They will be paid by the
host organization and will continue to be eligible for promotion
within their original category. They are automatically reinstated at
the end of their leave of absence.
If they are on secondment, researchers remain within their original
category. They continue to be paid by CNRS, which authorizes them to
work for a French or foreign organization.
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