CNRS National Center for Scientific Research
CNRS National Center for Scientific Research
Paris , France

CNRS National Center for Scientific Research

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research.

Institutional film

Discover CNRS through its institutional film, Pushing back the frontiers of science.

Missions

Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, CNRS has the following missions:

  • To evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society.
  • To contribute to the application and promotion of research results.
  • To develop scientific information.
  • To support research training.
  • To participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy.

CNRS research fields

As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, through its ten institutes:

  • Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB)
  • Institute of Chemistry (INC)
  • Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE)
  • Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS)
  • Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I)
  • Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS)
  • Institute of Physics (INP)
  • National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI)
  • National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3)
  • National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU)

Interdisciplinary research

CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the university thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs which bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry. Interdisciplinary research is undertaken in the following domains:

  • Life and its social implications
  • Information, communication and knowledge
  • Environment, energy and sustainable development
  • Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials
  • Astroparticles: from particles to the Universe

Laboratories

CNRS laboratories (or research units) are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff. Laboratories are all on renewable four-year contracts, with bi-annual evaluation by the National Center for Scientific Research. There are two types of labs:

  • CNRS intramural labs: fully funded and managed by CNRS (called UPR, or unités propres de recherche, in French)
  • Joint labs: partnered with universities, other research organizations, or industry (called UMR, or unités mixtes de recherche, in French)

Annual budget

CNRS's annual budget represents a quarter of French public spending on civilian research. This funding comes from various sources:

  • Government and public funding;
  • CNRS funds, primarily from industrial and EU research contracts and royalties on patents, licenses, and services provided.

JOBS FROM THIS EMPLOYER (6)

Post-doctoral position - Could an altered biomechanical landscape be a common underling process in dementia and neurodegeneration?
This Post-doc position is part of the interdisciplinary project FluidBrain about the role of biomechanics in the context of brain aging, neurodegenerative diseases and dependence. This project involves the Toulouse Neuroimaging Center (http://tonic.inserm.fr) and the Porous...
Two Postdoctoral Positions (ERC-Project TAMING: Taming Non Convexity)
In many important areas and applications of science one has to solve non convex optimization problems and ideally and ultimately one would like to find the global minimum. However in most cases, one is faced with NP-hard problems and therefore in practice one has been often...
PhD or Post-doctoral joint-position - Lagrangian analysis and stochastic modeling of flow and transport properties of brain microvascular networks.
PhD or Post-doctoral joint-position at the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse and the Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Rennes.  Lagrangian analysis and stochastic modeling of flow and transport properties of brain microvascular networks. ...
Postdoctoral fellow - Brain Plasticity Unit
Context : ESPCI Paris is a major institution of higher education (a French "Grande École d’ingénieurs"), an internationally renowned research center, and a fertile ground of innovation for industry. Founded by the City of Paris in 1882, for over a century the School has...
PhD / Postdoctoral Position in Quantitative Biology & Biophysics
Cells are complex, autonomous genetic machines with rich information processing capabilities. Synthetic Biology builds on these properties to design novel, synthetic genetic programs in cells to carry out useful functions. Yet, safety and efficiency issues require creation of...