External competitive examinations

You’re not yet a civil servant but you would like to join our teams?
Irstea is recruiting researchers, engineers, and technical and administrative staff. Several recruitment campaigns via competitive examinations are organised every year.


You can now view vacancies in the 2019 campaign and download an application form

In the "Follow-up all external competitives examinations" section, you will find all information (job profile, guide, decree, jury and applicant list, result).



The 2019 Campaign is open:

Recruitment body

Required level of study/degree

Number of positions

Research director

doctorate + 8 years of research 3

Research associate

doctorate 10

Research engineer

doctorate, teaching certification, engineering degree -


licence (obtained after 3 years, rough equivalent of a bachelor’s degree), maîtrise (obtained after 4 years), DESS or DEA (obtained after 5 years, rough equivalent of a master’s degree), IEP (political science degree obtained after 5 years) -

Assistant engineer

BTS or DUT (technical post-graduate degree obtained after 2 years) -

Research technician

Bac (equivalent of A-levels), DEUG (general post-graduate degree obtained after 2 years), brevet supérieur (technical post-graduate degree obtained after 2 years) -

Assistant research technician

BEP (technical secondary school degree) -

NOTE: In certain cases and under certain conditions, candidates can request the attribution of equivalency:

  • for degrees which do not appear in the list of degrees required by the competitive examination;
  • for degrees delivered or recognised by one of the Member States of the European Union or by one of the signatory States of the European Economic Area agreement;
  • for acquired professional qualifications.

For more information, please contact :

Edith Hanser
Competitive Recruitment Officer
+33 (0)1 40 96 60 37