This is a cautionary tale, with the hope that this post could help future applicants for permanent academic positions in France.
This past month, I’ve had the pleasure of applying for maître de conférences jobs – roughly equivalent to associate professor. It turned out to be a singularly more complicated process than I expected. The actual scientific part of the application was rather easy, as I already had to do it when I applied for a chargé de recherche (“junior scientist”) job at CNRS in December, and my research statements, CV… didn’t change much since then. The administrative part was the kafkaesque part.