The 2021 Call for IFRIS Postdoctoral Project is open ! – Deadline – March 5th, 2021

Four (4) post-doctoral positions are available at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Society. IFRIS welcomes science, technology and society scholars in all social science disciplines: history, sociology, political sciences, anthropology, economics, management sciences or law.


The 2021 Call for IFRIS Postdoctoral Projects is open

Useful dates

Online declaration of interest opened:    January 20th

Deadline for the reception of proposals: March 5th, 2021

End of pre-selection phase:                      March 30th, 2021

Selection phase: international reviewing process during May and June and decision by the IFRIS Executive Committee in early July 2021.

Decision transmission to candidate for a feedback: End of July 2021



Four (4) post-doctoral positions are available at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Society ( )

IFRIS welcomes science, technology and society scholars in all social science disciplines: history, sociology, political sciences, anthropology, economics, management sciences or law.

STS is understood in a broad sense related to the production and use of science and technologies in societies. The post-doc candidates should submit original research projects on specific issues that relate to public health, biomedicine, agricultural sciences, food security, climate change, biodiversity, environmental questions, ICT, “big data” and internet, historical and social construction of technologies, risk and regulation, development and research policies, global distribution of knowledge, intellectual and property rights and global commons, circulation of knowledge, construction of public research policies, multilevel governance of science and technology, knowledge and local development, regimes of regulations and production of sciences and innovation in society.

See the list of projects funded by IFRIS to date for your information.

Selected candidates will be attached to one of the following IFRIS research units (name and acronym are followed by the scientific organisation to which the unit is attached). See the website links for more details on these units and, please, consult the postdoctoral fellowship vademecum.


List of IFRIS Research Units

Centre Alexandre Koyré (CAK), CNRS, EHESS, Muséum

Centre Population et développement (CEPED), IRD, Université Paris Descartes

Centre d’Economie de Paris Nord (CEPN), Université Paris 13, CNRS

Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société (CERMES3), CNRS, INSERM, EHESS, Université Paris Descartes

Centre de recherche Connaissance Organisation et Systèmes Techniques (COSTECH), Université Technologique de Compiègne

Histoire des Technosciences en Société (HT2S), CNAM

Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales (IRISSO), CNRS, INRA, Université Paris Dauphine

Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires, Sociétés (LATTS), UPEM, Ecole des Ponts, CNRS

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire pour la Sociologie Economique (LISE), CNAM

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS), CNRS, ESIEE, INRA, UPEM

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Science de l’Action (LIRSA), CNAM

Patrimoines locaux et gouvernance (PALOC), IRD, MNHN

Centre d’Etude des Mouvement Sociaux (CEMS), EHESS, CNRS, INSERM


Candidates do not need to have previous knowledge of these research groups. Nonetheless, it is advised that candidates consult their websites, of make direct contact with the unit, so that they can best design and tailor their research project.

Contacts can also be made through the IFRIS Direction ( for further information about this call.



Selected candidates are eligible for a 24-month contract, under the French standard in relation to salary and work status.

Contracts will start as soon as possible after selection, according to candidates’ previous obligations and engagements. Selected candidates will have to start before January 31st, 2022 at the latest and might start from November 2021.

To be eligible, post-doc candidates should hold a Ph.D. or doctoral degree or should have already fulfilled all the obligations for obtaining their Ph.D. or doctoral degree before the end of 2021. For the French candidates, their Phd defence report is also required (“rapport de soutenance”) if available.

In case the candidate does not have their degree by the date of this submission, he/she should submit a reference letter from their doctoral supervisor certifying that he/she will hold his/her Ph.D. or doctoral degree before the end of 2021. This letter is to be provided by July 5th, 2021.

If an applicant is selected but does not meet the December 31st, 2021 deadline to obtain his/her PhD, he/she will lose the benefit of his/her selection.



Candidates have to fill out an online form on the IFRIS Website and upload their proposal, consisting of:

– A cover letter written by the candidate to indicate the way she/he believes her/ his project contributes to IFRIS research agenda. The candidate should indicate her/his former relations to IFRIS research units, if any. Candidates are not requested to indicate in which IFRIS research unit they would like to be hosted, but nevertheless are free to do so.

– A two pages Curriculum Vitae. The CV should indicate diplomas, trajectory, places and institutions where the candidate has worked and studied. Previous post-doc propositions should be indicated, if any.

–  A research project (no more than 10 pages). The project should be written in English, including a plan of activities for the whole 24-month period and a tentative budget. The project should clearly state its objective, methodology, theoretical position, type and mode of collection of empirical material, research strategy and expected outcomes. It should also indicate the type of expected production out of this period of time (workshops, book, articles, or any other envisioned material). Original projects and theoretical breakthrough are particularly welcome.

– A complete list of publications.


Evaluation of the research project

Quality of the candidate’s academic and research trajectory.

Quality of the track record for experienced candidates. Young PhD researchers are welcome.

Scientific originality and methodological robustness and feasibility of the work plan.

Relevance in relation to IFRIS agenda and Strategic Research Orientations.


About salary

The IFRIS Postdoc’s net salary is indexed on French wages rate of Public Research Organization.

On average, the net salary is around 2 000 euros per month (2465.68 €/month before social contribution) according to a range of 1800 to 2100 €/month.

The postdoc position allows rights to the French social security public service. Access to social security coccurs on the first day of the post-doctoral contract,  with a rapid subscription. A complementary health insurance might also be contracted.

For visa issues, post-docs will receive a specific hosting agreement (“convention d’accueil”) from a university service called ACCESS PARIS and will be assisted by the IFRIS administrative staff for that purpose.


Previous Call

Results of previous funding