ORGANISATION NAMECNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales
RESEARCH FIELDFormal sciencesNatural sciencesProfessions and applied sciences
CAREER STAGERecognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
CNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiale (the French Space Agency) funds every year about 30 postdoctoral positions in French laboratories in space sciences, Earth sciences and technological areas of interest for space. In order to know more precisely which fields of research are eligible candidates should connect to the CNES web site at the following address after 15 January 2021
https://recrutement.cnes.fr/en/annonces (in English)
https://recrutement.cnes.fr/fr/annonces (in French)
and select “postdoctoral” in the “Type of contract” field (or “Postdoctorat” in the “Type de contrat” menu on the French site). If no match is found, the project is probably not eligible for funding. In case of doubt candidates are invited to inquire at
Before applying for funding candidates must consolidate their research project with the laboratory where they intend to conduct their work. Once the project is ready and agreed to by the laboratory director, candidates must submit their application on the web site listed above before 2 April 2021.
The selection process will take place in May and early June 2021, in two rounds. Candidate who make it to the second round will be interviewed in early June. Final selection will take place around mid-June.
Successful candidates will be employed by CNES with a work contract starting usually around October 1st. CNES is an equal opportunity employer, candidates of all nationalities can apply as long as they hold a Ph.D. Knowledge of the French language is not required but encouraged. The selection process is based on excellence of the research project and of the candidate.
The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.