Careers at IFSTTARMobility of researchers Inward mobility towards IFSTTAR

Inward mobility towards IFSTTAR

Mobility is an integral part of researchers’ careers and IFSTTAR structures have developed international academic ties of several forms. The Institute’s desire for international exchanges is, moreover, mentioned in the goals contract and is now one of the priorities of IFSTTAR management.

This explains why IFSTTAR encourages foreign researchers to spend time at the Institute and its own researchers to work in IFSTTAR counterparts abroad with which it has strong collaborations. Both students and experienced researchers can take advantage of these arrangements, and the hope is to achieve genuine reciprocation between the IFSTTAR and the foreign host.

IFSTTAR is careful to clarify the terms of the partnership with the foreign institute beforehand, both as regards the practical details and the scientific substance. Particular attention is given to the output that is expected from the collaboration and the conditions of publication.

The mobility of the partner’s researchers obviously depends on the potential scientific value, in particular the agreement of the head of the department. As far as funding is concerned, IFSTTAR works with the host organization to identify the most appropriate terms and is able to draw on its own funds when necessary.

IFSTTAR funding (Scientific Directorate)

Every year, IFSTTAR may devote part of its budget to paying foreign researchers on the basis of two salary levels, Lecturer/Researcher and Senior Lecturer/Senior Researcher. In this case, the foreign researchers become members of IFSTTAR staff, with the rights and duties that pertain to them, throughout their stay (one month or longer).

N.B.: students attending foreign establishments can obtain a placement in the Institute on condition a placement agreement is drawn up which allows them to be paid an amount that is fixed by decree and on condition they can prove they will have sufficient resources for their entire placement. These students must be able to prove that they will have insurance cover in France throughout their stay.

Funding from other organizations

IFSTTAR also hosts researchers from other organizations who come with their own funding (make-up pay and other). Such visits must also be agreed by the Heads of the Laboratories and Departments, and in this case the Human Resources Department of the IFSTTAR site in question must make sure the individual will have sufficient resources and French insurance cover throughout his/her stay. In most cases the researchers will need a letter of invitation issued by IFSTTAR Directorate for European and International Affairs (DAEI).

Internal procedure

  • In principle, the visiting researchers must have at least a doctorate, or, in the case of exchange placements, be engaged in doctoral research.
  • In view of the complexity of the recruitment procedure for “foreign researchers” it is desirable for the placement of foreign researchers at IFSTTAR to last for at least one month.
  • Furthermore, and in accordance with the French employment law, it is not possible to host researchers who are over 65 years of age.
  • Any recruitment of a foreign researcher must be the subject of a temporary recruitment request that is issued by the Human Resources Department and approved by the Head of the Research Laboratory and the Head of the Department in which the researcher wishes to work, and which is sent to the Scientific Directorate (DSD, Jean Luc Clement) for approval. The Scientific Directorate checks that the recruitment in question is consistent with the budgetary decisions made in the spring in collaboration with the Directorate for European and International Affairs (DAEI), as well as IFSTTAR scientific and international policies.
  • The laboratories must take account of the time required to obtain scientific visas (the Human Resources Department of the IFSTTAR site in question will deal with the formalities with the Prefectures).

Administrative formalities