Recruitment of permanent researchers at CNRS, Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry (Strasbourg, France)

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is among the world's leading research institutions. CNRS recruits permanent researchers through yearly competitive examinations. Open in December to all fields of science, the competitive examinations are divided into sections of the National Committee for Scientific Research (CoNRS). The deadline for applications is early January. The competition is open to all nationalities. Holders of a doctorate, PhD or other foreign degrees, titles or equivalent research may apply to several types of positions (researcher, research director), depending on their experience. The recruitment entails two phases: the candidate (i) submits an application stating past research activities and a detailed research project, and (ii) is evaluate by a national jury, and invited (or not) for an oral presentation (10 to 15 minutes) to expose her/his current and future research.

Prior to this process, the candidate is strongly encouraged to contact as soon as possible the French research laboratory they plan to join in order to prepare her/his application.

Our laboratory (LHYGES, UMR7517, CNRS/University of Strasbourg, France, focuses on two scientific themes defined by the Section 30 'Continental Surface and Interfaces' of the CoNRS, namely : - Processes of the critical zone and subsurface at any time scale ; transfers and flows of matter and energy, hydrology, weathering and erosion and - Biogeochemistry and physical-chemistry of interfaces, cycles of elements. LHYGES is a leading competence center for characterization and modelling of matter flows and (reactive) transport in hydrosystems. We are seeking to help creative and motivated candidates to apply to the CNRS competition and join us as a researcher in all scientific fields of LHYGES, and in particular in environmental biogeochemistry, stable isotopes, (micro)pollutant transport and transformation, catchment hydrology in agricultural contexts and/or geomicrobiology. Interdisciplinary candidatures (Section 52 CoNRS) clearly combining human and biogeophysical sciences to resolve social issues related to the water cycle and/or agricultural pollution are also welcome. If you wish to apply and join us, please contact us and send a pre-selection file ( including:

  • A curriculum vitae detailing your past research experiences, diplomas and an exhaustive list of your scientific production (publications, seminars, oral contributions to national/international conferences, awards).
  • A one to two pages description of the research project you would like to develop in our lab if you are recruited. The project must be in line with one or more of the themes of Section 30 listed above and should be relevant and complementary to research activities at LHYGES (do not hesitate to contact us in that respect).

Following the examination of your file, we will contact you as soon as possible in order to prepare with you, if the quality of your records allows it, the CNRS competition.

The dates/deadlines to keep in mind to prepare - with the help of LHYGES members - your CNRS application 2021 are as follows:

  • Sending in October 2020/early November (but not later) your pre-selection file to the laboratory by e-mail (;
  • After a positive evaluation of your application, you will have to elaborate a complete research project with the help of the laboratory members and submit it (together with a ca. 10 pages summary of your past research experience and scientific results) beginning of January 2021;
  • If you are deemed eligible by Section 30 of the CoNRS, and invited for an oral presentation (decision communicated in February, orals take place in March, in Paris), we will help you to prepare the oral competition.

The laboratory recruits ca. one junior researchers every 3 years through the CNRS competition process. For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at (

posted: 02 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.