New! Research profiles descriptors

This new draft classification aims to communicate the various characteristics that researchers may have throughout their career. It describes four broad profiles that apply to all researchers, independent of where they work in the private or public sector: in companies, NGOs, research institutes, research universities or universities of applied sciences. Regardless of any particular profession one can outline broad profiles that describe the different characteristics researchers may possess.

First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

This profile includes individuals doing research under supervision in industry, research institutes or universities. It includes doctoral candidates.
Researchers with this profile will: Desirable competences

Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)

Here we are including: Necessary competences:
All competences of 'First Stage Researcher' plus: Desirable competences

R3 - Established Researcher (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)

This describes researchers who have developed a level of independence.
Necessary competences
All necessary and most desirable competences of 'Recognised Researcher' plus:
  • Has an established reputation based on research excellence in their field;
  • Makes a positive contribution to the development of knowledge, research and development through co-operations and collaborations;
  • Identifies research problems and opportunities within their area of expertise;
  • Identifies appropriate research methodologies and approaches;
  • Conducts research independently which advances a research agenda;
  • Can take the lead in executing collaborative research projects in cooperation with colleagues and project partners;
  • Publishes papers as lead author, organises workshop or conference sessions
Desirable competences

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.
Necessary competences
All necessary and most desirable competences of 'Established Researcher' plus:
  • Has an international reputation based on research excellence in their field;
  • Demonstrates critical judgment in the identification and execution of research activities;
  • Makes a substantial contribution (breakthroughs) to their research field or spanning multiple areas;
  • Develops a strategic vision on the future of the research field
  • Recognises the broader implications and applications of their research;
  • Publishes and presents influential papers and books, serves on workshop and conference organising committees and delivers invited talks
Desirable competences