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I am trying to translate from English to French different researcher positions:

  • Research scientist = Chercheur.
  • Senior research scientist = Chercheur senior.
  • Principal scientist = Chercheur principal.
  • Staff research scientist = ?

What's the translation of “staff research scientist" in French?

See Usage of staff as a seniority level (“staff engineer”) and meaning of “staff” in the title “senior staff software engineer” for the use of staff in English.


My research:

  1. Google Translate and Linguee did not help.
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    Déjà que le terme n'est pas très standardisé en anglais, je doute qu'il y ait une traduction non ambigüe. Je n'ai jamais vu « principal » utilisé dans ce sens en français non plus, alors que principal en anglais est un peu plus courant. Le GDT a une fiche qui propose « principal » comme traduction de « senior »… – Gilles 'SO nous est hostile' Mar 23 at 19:14
  • @Gilles'SOnousesthostile' thanks, in some places they have principal, senior and staff scientists, so I was interested in having some French terms that could distinguish these two positions. Senior, principal and staff are very common in the Bay Area, California at least. – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 23 at 20:25
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    I've asked about the English usage on English Usage. – Gilles 'SO nous est hostile' Mar 23 at 22:33
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    @Gilles'SOnousesthostile' Thanks very much, great question! – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 23 at 22:35
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I would translate it as

membre de la recherche scientifique

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