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Doctor career

Pursuing a postdoctoral position

A postdoctoral position is a fixed-term job (up to 3 years) which allows a young doctor to carry out a research project following his thesis, to expand his publications and to diversify his CV in order to better his hiring chances by a university, an institute or a company.
Universities and research centers (public or private) offer postdoctoral jobs and publish their offers on their websites.
Consult the offers of postdocs on the European portal Euraxess jobs

Becoming an academic researcher

An academic researcher ensures the conduct of his research while maintaining a teaching activity. To be able to teach, the doctor must have the status of lecturer. Institutions of higher education recruit each year  young doctors at the level of Maitres de Conférences. 
Learn more about the teaching profession:
More information on the available positions as maitre de conférences

Becoming a researcher

In the public sector: research institutes such as CNRS, INSERM …. recruit their “researchers”, civil servants, through scientific competitions. Competitions are open each year. To apply, you must have a doctorate, a Ph.D. or an equivalent foreign qualification.

In the private sector: companies, but also foundations (eg Institut Pasteur), private healthcare institutions (eg Center Léon Bérard) and associations also hire doctors for their scientific expertise and specific skills. The private sector offers the doctor a wide range of professions that allows him to broaden his horizons. The methods of recruitment are specific to each organization which publishes its job offers most often on its website.

► More information on being a researcher