What kind of researcher are You?

We told our training course is made for young researchers, but what do we actually mean for young researcher?

Researchers have been defined by the European Charter for Researchers as “Professionals engaged in the conception or creation of new knowledge, products, processes, methods and systems, and in the management of the projects concerned”, in fact everyone engaged in R&D at any career stage.

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Euraxess recently defined a classification of four broad profiles that describe the different characteristics researchers may possess and that apply to all researchers in all sectors. The four profiles are:

  • R1 – First Stage Researcher (Up to the point of PhD)
    This profile includesindividuals doing research under supervision in industry, research institutes or universities. It includes doctoral candidates.
  • R2 – Recognised Researcher (PhD holders or equivalent, not yet fully independent)
    This profile includes PhD holders who have not yet established a significant level of independence and researchers with an equivalent level of experience and competence.
  • R3 – Established Researcher (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    This profile describes researchers who have developed a level of independence, but do not have a leading role in their research area or group.
  • R4 – Leading Researcher (Researchers leading their research area or field
    This is a researcher leading his/her research area or field. It would include the team leader of a research group or head of an industry R&D laboratory. In particular disciplines as an exception, leading researchers may include individuals who operate as lone researchers.

Despite all the applications, for our training course we consider as “young researchers” the ones fitting the profiles R1 and R2, who probably have never published a paper nor have choosen a scientific journal on their own.

Here you can find a more detailed description of each profile, including necessary or desirable competences.