With over 32,000 researchers, engineers and technicians, CNRS is the largest European research organization. Its dynamic and ambitious international policy helps to strengthen its worldwide influence. CNRS supports highly-structuring projects — in particular through European and International Associated Laboratories, International Joint Units, European Research Networks and International Programs for Scientific Cooperation, which significantly contribute to its attractiveness.

As part of its constant search for scientific excellence, the organization implements a bold strategy in hosting high-caliber foreign researchers, postdoctoral fellows and Ph.D. students, so as to strengthen international collaboration and promote scientific exchanges.

In this respect, the proportion of foreign researchers within the institution keeps increasing, making up around one third of annual recruitments, mostly senior scientists of international repute.Geared towards the creativity of its teams and laboratories, CNRS’s human resources policy aims to support scientific excellence by facilitating the career development of its personnel. The policy’s priorities are to ensure good working conditions, promote job and geographical mobility, provide specific training tailored for scientific challenges and offer personalized HR monitoring at the regional level. As a socially-aware organization, CNRS proactively promotes equal opportunities in the workplace and the prevention of psychosocial risks.

In the global context of increased scientific and technological competition, the particular attention CNRS pays to its people, who contribute to its attractiveness, remains one of the main features of its internationally-oriented researcher recruitment and hosting policy.

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