UE illustration HRS4R

AMU is committed to its researchers - European 2020 labelling objective

The European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, also known as "HRS4R" for "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers", aims to improve the practices of European organisations and institutions working in the field of research with regard to the recruitment and framework for the practice of researchers*.
It is the subject of a "HR Excellence in Research" label awarded by the European Commission to institutions committed to the proactive approach of improving the implementation of the 40 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the "Code of Good Conduct", as well as the 23 principles of the open, transparent and merit-based recruitment policy. This label, which has been awarded to more than 400 European institutions to date, is an asset for AMU's attractiveness and for securing Horizon 2020 funding and the future Horizon Europe programme from 2021 onwards.

AMU's commitment to obtain the HRS4R label is included in the 2018 - 2022 Establishment Contract. The University officially commits itself to this approach, as of June 1, 2019, for a label in the first half of 2020.

* the term researcher is commonly used by the European Commission to refer to all scientists including doctoral students, lecturer-researchers, research contract staff....

A European Researcher's Charter and a Code of Conduct?

In order to attract the world's best researchers, encourage young people to pursue their careers in science, and make the European Research Area more attractive by improving working conditions for researchers worldwide, the European Commission published the "European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" in 2005. Aix Marseille University signed the Charter and Code in 2012
The Charter defines the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers or funders. The Code of Conduct aims to improve the recruitment of researchers, in particular by making selection procedures more equitable and transparent and proposes various methods for assessing merit.

These two texts, which are addressed to individuals and institutions, are organized around four themes:
- Ethical and professional aspects;
- Recruitment;
- Working conditions and social security;
- Training.

How to obtain the HRS4R label? Who is concerned?

Labelling is a structuring and long-term process for the establishment. It is organized in three phases:
- Phase 1: Initial (12 months) - preparation of the dossier for obtaining the label: analysis of the implementation of the 40 principles of the Charter and the Code, consultations with the scientific community and mobilization of working groups, drafting of the action plan - Objective: Labelling in 2020
- Phase 2: Implementation phase (5 years) - implementation of the HR strategy and action plan and preparation for the interim evaluation
- Phase 3: Renewal phase (6 years)

This project will broadly mobilize the entire scientific community and AMU's support departments, through consultations and working groups to develop the action plan.

The action plan will concern the entire population of "researchers" from Aix Marseille University, teacher-researchers or "Research" administrative staff, but also contractual "researchers" recruited by AMU or its subsidiary Protisvalor.
The European framework for scientific careers establishes four profiles of researchers:
- R1: First level researcher (up to doctoral level);
- R2: recognized researcher (doctor or equivalent not fully independent);
- R3: senior researcher (independent researcher - carrier, scientific coordinator of a project);
- R4: principal investigator/leader (eminent researcher in his/her field).

More information on the approach:

An AMU commitment consistent with its establishment strategy

AMU's commitment responds to important issues:

  • Fulfill one of the objectives set out in the 2018 - 2022 Establishment Contract and ensure continuity of the Master Plans already in progress
  • Enhancing AMU's international attractiveness
  • Join the already distinguished European institutions
  • Comply with the requirements of the European programmes linked to this label, strengthen our applications in European calls for proposals and prepare the transition to Horizon Europe
Logos europe et euraxess

Contact information


Human Resources Strategy for Researchers