I'm looking at a few CNRS postdoc positions in France, and quite strangely I don't ever see any mention of application procedure. There's an 'apply' button where one can upload the CV and cover letter, but no place to ever upload recommendations. You can check this yourself by going to


and do a quick search. But I'm picking some samples for you to see:

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Here's another:

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The only exception where they're asking for references is here (thankful to the person who pointed it out on this site:) enter image description here

And after I click on 'apply', I go here: see here they're only requesting CV, cover letter and the project, that's all - no references!

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Does this mean that the recommendations/referenced aren't necessary for the CNRS postdoc positions at all? It'd be really good to know!

What if one wants to supply some other documents to her/his candidature? How can (s)he upload them? Or is it just not possible?

  • I don't know about CNRS specifically, but recommendation letters are not a universal thing (luckily). Feb 3, 2022 at 5:20
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    But under "Additional Information," they tell you where to send rec letters? Feb 3, 2022 at 7:06
  • @gnometorule perhaps that should be an answer. Feb 3, 2022 at 8:24
  • @gnometorule Yes they do and I was too late to notice that. But I assure you that it was not the case generally. Just go to emploi.cnrs.fr/RechercheAvancee.aspx and do a search and see for yourself that they're not asking for recommendations (which isn't a bad thing anyway), so I'm checking here. Modifying the question to avoid negative points now. Feb 3, 2022 at 10:08
  • @Massimo Would you hire a postdoc without any recommendation letter (or other form of endorsement)?
    – user151413
    Feb 3, 2022 at 20:18

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If you really want to, add the reference names and contacts at the end of your CV, and state in the cover letter that reference letter can be provided or requested at the given referees.

I am not sure how is the "standard French CV", it may expected to have a reference section at the end, however you are applying in English so it is likely you have a lot of freedom in the formatting of your CV.

Final reccomnedation: contact the department secretary, human resources or even the responsible research person for further informations on choices that may affect your chances of getting a working position, not random stranger on the internet. Whatever information we provide you here, it is likely to be outdated as soon as CNRS changes its system.

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