MasterClass : Becoming a PI

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This session is organised by the ICM’s Scientific and Medical Affairs Department. It is aimed at all young researchers at the ICM, Postdocs and Students, who wish to apply for the Chargé de Recherche Classe Normale (CRCN) competition, in the short or long term. Participants will have a clear overview of the recruitment process, and a unique opportunity to discuss with jury members and former candidates.


Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of how jury members evaluate applications
  • Knowledge of the Competition experience as a candidate
  • Knowledge of best practice in applying
  • Knowledge of the PI career in France


Public & pré-requis :

  • September course: post-docs of an ICM team or aiming to join an ICM team, also open to ICM PhD students. No pre-requisite required.
  • Oral coaching program: for candidates preselected for CNRS, INSERM or INRIA orals.


Content of the training

Part 1: Presentation of the selection process to become a CRCN
  • Open to all
  • Date: end of SEPTEMBER

3h30 lecture on the selection process to become a CRCN: general presentation of job openings and INSERM/CNRS/INRIA competition process, presentation of selection criteria by 3 members of INSERM/CNRS/INRIA juries, and feedback from a former selected candidate.


Details of the programme :
  • 9h00   Geraldine Gouzer – DAMS

Introduction about the session and training tools

  • 9h30    Marie-Claude Potier – Jury member CNRS Section 25

Evaluation process and criteria, expectations and tips from the jury

  • 10h      Ninon Burgos – Jury member INRIA

Evaluation process and criteria, expectations and tips from the jury

  • 10h30 Coffee Break
  • 10h40  Sara Baldassari – Young CRCN INSERM CSS2 in 2021

Career path, experience and tips from a young PI on the Concours

  • 11h10  Jaime de Juan Sanz – Young Team leader, CRCN CNRS in 2020

Early career path, career perspectives, everyday life of a PI

  • 11h40  General Q & A with Ninon Burgos, N George (CNRS Section 26), E Huillard          (CNRS Section 24), and Stéphane Hunot (INSERM CSS4)

Questions to the PIs, about their individual PI experience and the concours.

  • 12h30  End



Part 2: Interview coaching and Training programme by Paris Brain Institute PIs
  • Open ONLY to shortlisted candidates
  • Date: MARCH – APRIL

For shortlisted candidates, a coaching programme to be defined with the Scientific and Medical Affairs team of the Paris Brain Institute.


Organised by Géraldine GOUZER – ICM- Medical and Scientific Affairs Department.



  • September course: immediate self-evaluation questionnaire.



After confirmation of your registration, the DIGIFORMA e-learning platform will be made available.

Video resources available:

  • Introduction CRCN competition – Géraldine GOUZER
  • Presentation CNRC section 24 – Emmanuelle HUILLARD
  • Presentation CSS4 INSERM – Stéphane HUNOT
  • Presentation CNRC section 26 – Nathalie GEORGE
  • Presentation young CNRC – Yasmine CANTAUT BELARIF