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Publication of the Doctoral Handbook, a practical guide for post-doctoral studiesorat

The National Association of Doctors (ANDès) announces the publication of the Doctoral Handbook 1, a practical guide for post-doctoral studies. This set contains 4 "Careers" sheets, 3 "Reference" sheets and 6 "Tools" sheets. It is aimed at doctoral graduates or people about to be awarded a doctorate who are wondering about their professional future. PhD members are invited to make the Doctoral Handbook widely known.

The Doctoral Handbook, by PhDs, for PhDs

ANDès, with the strength of the diverse experiences of its members, acts by means of this Doctoral Handbook for the integration of new PhD holders into the network of doctors and provides them with useful information for the pursuit of their careers. After conducting research work, the aim is to enhance the value of professional experience and the doctoral diploma, the highest internationally recognised national diploma.
Staff from research units, doctoral schools and doctoral colleges, institutions awarding the doctorate, employers of doctoral students, doctoral directors and other colleagues are invited to make the Doctoral Handbook known to recently graduated doctors, as well as to doctoral students, or even candidates for entry to the doctorate in France, who are wondering about their professional future.

A set of practical information sheets for the post-doctoral period

The Doctoral Handbook, a practical guide for post-doctoral studies, consists of two-sided cards divided into three categories : “Careers’, “References” and “Tools”.

Doctors use their skills in a wide variety of jobs in all socio-professional sectors. The 4 Career Sheets of the Doctoral Handbook present the specificities of pursuing a career: In the public sector, academic or not, or in the private sector; on research or non-research activities; in France or internationally.

All professional horizons are open to PhDs.In order to help you better define your post-doctoral professional project, the 3 Reference sheets from the Doctoral Handbook give you some figures to help you locate new graduates in the doctoral network, as well as the vocabulary specific to different sectors of activity that you need to master for an effective job search.

Looking for a job is a process that is prepared beforehand and built up as you apply. The 6 Tool Sheets of the Doctoral Handbook cover the essential tools to transform the job search into hiring.

About ANDès

ANDès is the national association of doctors. Founded in 1970 and recognized as being of public utility since 1975, it brings together doctors from all disciplines, whatever their age or professional status, whether they reside in France or abroad.

ANDès has three main missions :

- to promote the doctorate: To highlight the added value of the professional experience of the doctorate in order to reveal the skills of doctors ;

- to put the talents of doctors at the service of society: To contribute to the decompartmentalisation of professional spheres by positioning doctors as "border-crossers", to take advantage of the expertise and know-how of doctors in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow's world ;

- to create and synergise networks of doctors: to increase the collective visibility of doctors, to enable each person to develop his or her professional network, to encourage interaction between network creators.

Do a postdoc

A postdoctoral job is a fixed-term job that allows a young doctor to conduct research work different from that of his thesis, to expand his publications and to diversify his CV with a view to recruitment by a university, institute or company.

Universities and research centres (public or private) offer postdoctoral jobs and publish their offers on their websites.

A postdoctoral activity abroad is an additional asset.

► Consult the postdocs offers on the European portal Euraxess jobs

► Consult the postdocs offers on the Naturejobs portal

► All funding / all disciplines

Become a teacher/researcher

Teacher/researcher involves both conducting research and teaching at the same time. In order to be able to teach, the PhD must have the status of lecturer (or equivalent). Higher education recruits young PhDs as lecturers using a competitive examination.

► More about the teaching/research profession

► More about the lecturer competition and the recruitment of lecturers

Become a researcher

In the public sector: research institutes such as CNRS, INSERM, CEA etc. recruit research executives. Agencies (AERES, ANR) or local and regional authorities also recruit PhDs, particularly for expert missions.Competitions are open every year. To apply, you must hold a Doctorate, PhD or any other foreign equivalent title

In the private sector : Companies, but also foundations (e.g. the Pasteur Institute), private care institutions (e.g. the Léon Bérard Centre) or associations also hire doctors for their scientific expertise and skills acquired throughout their thesis. The private sector offers the PhD a wide range of jobs that allow him/her to broaden his horizons. Recruitment procedures are specific to each organization, which usually publishes its job offers on its website.

► More information on the research professions