Research directors are recruited through concours (open competitions) on the basis of titles and works opened in each
public higher education scientific and technological institution.
Are eligible to compete for access to the grade of "directeur de recherche de deuxième classe":
- Candidates belonging to one of the corps of "chargé de recherche" and who have a minimum of three years of service as a first-class "chargé de recherche";
- On an exceptional basis and after authorization from the scientific council of the institution, any "chargé de recherche" who has made a known contribution to the research;
- Candidates who meet the diploma requirements for access to the grade of second-class "chargé de recherche" and who have eight years of experience in the research professions;
- Applicants for scientific work deemed equivalent to the requirements of candidates belonging to one of the corps of chargés de recherche.
The competition includes a review of the scientific merit of candidates consisting of the study of an activity report and a report on the work that the applicant proposes to undertake. The review may also include interviews with the candidates.