I've a few questions about permanent positions in the universities in France. As far as I'm aware, there are three main types of permanent positions in France:
- Maître des conférences: ("master of conferences", or MCF), which is a teacher-researcher position.
- Chargé de recherche: ("chargé of research", or CR), which is a researcher's position, very coveted, with teaching being optional. Offered by CNRS.
- INRIA permanent researcher's position: very coveted, offered by INRIA. Research-only like the one at CNRS.
My questions are:
- Are CR and INRIA permanent positions necessarily more competitive than the MCF ones? I do know that MCFs are also not easy to get by any means (and I myself have neither).
- If you get an MCF position, is it possible to switch or transfer to a CR one after a year or two?
- Can MCFs do teaching and research in different departments? Such as teach math and research computer science?