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Frequently asked questions

Which jobs in which public-sector categories?

Inria researchers are included within the general categorisation of French public-sector employees. They are governed by two specific decrees:

  • decree number 83-1260 of 30 December 1983 (as consolidated on 10/01/2009) setting the statutory provisions common across all categories of public-sector employees in publicly-funded science and technology institutions,
  •  decree number 86-576 of 14 March 1986 (as consolidated on 03/05/2007) regarding the specific arrangements for public-sector staff categories at Inria.

Researchers belong to one of the following two public-sector employee categories (or "corps"):
The category of research scientists, which comprises two grades: 

  • junior research scientist (CR2)
  • experienced research scientist (CR1)

The category of senior research scientists, which comprises three grades:

  • senior research scientist, level 2 (DR2)
  • senior research scientist, level 1 (DR1)
  • senior research scientist, special level (DRCE)

Recruitment is by competitive entry. One or more competitive entry procedures may be organised each year for entry into each of the grades CR2, CR1, DR2 and DR1. All such competitive entry procedures are open to applicants from outside of Inria. The DRCE special grade is attained only by internal promotion.

How can I find out that a recruitment procedure has been started?

For each competitive entry procedure, a procedure initiation notice published in France's official gazette, the "Journal Officiel", states the positions to be filled. It is publicised on the Inria website and in Inria research centres, including the number of vacant positions, practical arrangements for registration, deadline and location for application submissions, and the competitive entry procedure timetable. Entry procedures are initiated per grade. For each grade, vacant positions may be split by research centre, or may be delineated by subject area.

How do I apply?

After publication of the procedure initiation notice published in France's official gazette, and in accordance with the application timetable, application forms can be downloaded from the Inria website and are also available from the human resources departments at research centres.

How can I choose a location?

Applicants for grade DR1, must state the research centre(s) and research team(s) to which they wish to be allocated in their applications.

 Can I submit an incomplete application and add to it subsequently?

Yes, but any additional attachments or amendments absolutely must be submitted before the submission deadline. (2 November 2011 )

How can I check that my submission has been logged?

An acknowledgement of receipt is issued for every application submitted. This is no indication as to the eligibility of the application, it merely shows that the application has indeed been logged.

What qualifications are allowable for competitive entry?

The admissibility criteria for competitive entry recruitment of researchers are described in detail in the decrees mentioned. For grade DR1, applicants must hold a doctorate (or equivalent) and have 12 years of research experience

Can I apply with a foreign qualification?

Yes, on condition that the qualification is deemed equivalent to one of the qualifications required to apply for competitive entry by Inria's evaluation committee.

Can I apply with a no qualifications?

Yes, the scientific work presented by the applicant may be deemed equivalent to one of the qualifications required by Inria's evaluation committee, as described above.

Are there nationality conditions?

No, there are no nationality conditions to be met for competitive entry researcher recruitment at Inria.

 Is there an age limit?

Since 1 November 2005 (statutory order 2005-901 of 2 August 2005), there have been no age conditions to be met for competitive entry researcher recruitment at Inria.

 How can I check whether an application submitted has been deemed admissible?

For each competitive entry procedure, the list of all applicants accepted to continue the procedure is complied after the Inria evaluation committee has given its opinion. All applicants are informed by letter of the admissibility or otherwise of their application.

How are the competition trials organised?

The competitions to recruit DR1 entail a shortlist and an interview.
The jury tasked with short-listing or the section of the appropriate general jury review application files and draw up a short list of applicants.
Short-listed applicants are then interviewed. The interview date is posted on the Inria website. An interview convocation is sent to each applicant (using the address stated in the application file).
After applicants have been interviewed, the interview panel chaired by the chairman and chief executive or his representative draws up a list of accepted applicants in order of merit. An additional list may be drawn up. The list of accepted candidates and the additional list are posted in research centres and on the Inria website.

Who sits on the panels?

The detailed rules governing the composition of the eligibility and acceptance panels are described in the government orders mentioned. The composition of the eligibility panel  and the composition of the acceptance panel, will both be posted in Inria research centres.

How are applicants informed of the outcome of the panels' deliberations?

At the end of each stage (pre-selection before interview, interviews, acceptance), the list of pre-selected, acceptable and then accepted applicants is posted in research centres and on the Inria website. In addition, all applicants will be informed by post of the outcome of their applications.

What is the appointment procedure?

The public-sector grade at which applicants are recruited is determined on the basis of qualifications and previous positions held. However, where the applicant was previously employed in the (French) public sector, he or she is appointed at the grade equal to, or immediately above, that occupied in his or her original state department or organisation.
Appointments from the reserve list may occur if accepted applicants withdraw, or if a job becomes vacant in the intervening period between two competitive entry procedures.

How are successful applicants allocated geographically?

On the basis of choices expressed by applicants, the CEO of Inria decides to allocate applicants to particular IInria research centres or, if applicable, research teams.

Can the appointment date be deferred?

Inria may agree to defer the start date if an applicant so requests. Under these circumstances, the appointment takes effect only on the actual start date.
In some cases (maternity, military service, parental leave for successful applicants who are already public-sector employees), appointment deferral is an entitlement.

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