I've a few questions about permanent positions in the universities in France. P.S. if you think question # 3 deserves to be asked as a separate question, please let me know, and I'll do so. As far as I'm aware, there're three main types of permanent positions there: (are there more? If yes, please let me know then!)
- Maître des conférences: (word-to-word English translation: master of conferences, MCF for short) which is a teacher-researcher position.
- Chargé de recherche: (word-to-word English translation: charge of research, CR for short) which is a researcher's position, very coveted, with teaching being optional. Offred 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 MCF's are also not easy to get by any means, and I myself have neither, but I'm only asking. My respect to anyone in their MCF positions, and this is not an attempt to belittle anyone by any means!
- If you get an MCF position, is it possible to "switch/transfer" to a CR one after a year or two? I wrote the two words in quote, because I don't even know if that's a meaningful or possible transition.
- (I can ask this as a separate question if you like, just let me know!) Is it possible that as an MCF, you can do the teaching in the math(s) department and research in the computer science department? This question is very specific to my case, as I've an unusual CV, where I did my PhD and taught for and was a teaching assistant during 5 years for several courses in pure mathematics in the US (not in France), but I transitioned to statistical machine learning using heavy pure math machinery like differential geometry and functional analysis. Now this makes me naturally eligible to do research in the Computer Science (CS for short) department, but after having a few initial interviews, I'm getting a feeling that I'll need to teach CS courses like data base etc., which I've no idea about. On the other hand, I'm not a pure mathematician any more (although much of my applied research use heavy pure math), so I don't know even if they'll consider my CV? This is why I ask this question. If the answer is a resounding no, then I'd appreciate it if you could please be so kind to let me know how I can apply for an MCF position given my trajectory, where I can teach pure math(s) (and selected stats, e.g. probability theory, statistical machine learning, statistical inference etc.)
I greatly appreciate any help and your answer! Thanks a ton in advance!!