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The ITER Project Associate (IPA) Scheme allows Home Institutes from the ITER Members to assign employees on technical as well as support activities to the ITER Organization. Through this scheme, Home Institute employees can contribute with their expertise to strengthen international cooperation and integration between the ITER Organization Central Team and the Domestic Agencies/ITER Members.

The IPA scheme is open to any Home Institute who has signed a Memorandum of Understanding or Agreement (MoU/MoA) or Cooperation Agreement (CA) with the ITER Organization, defining areas of common interest. The IPA(s) will perform activities for the ITER Organization for a period of time defined by an Implementing Agreement signed between the Home Institute and the ITER Organization.

The proposed IPA(s) must be employed of the Home Institute (HI) at the time of submission of the proposal

Click for more detailed information on ITER Project Associate Scheme (PN7SU5)

IPA opportunities are limited to nationals from countries participating in the ITER Project (China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States).

About IPA
An IPA can work on all types of non-core and non-managerial activities in the ITER Project. IPAs can be given some technical responsibility under the supervision of an ITER Organization Responsible Officer.

The IPA will perform activities for the ITER Organization for a period of time defined in an individual Nomination Form (NF)signed between the Home Institute and the ITER Organization. These activities will be performed for the ITER Organization, on or off the ITER site. IPAs are assigned by the Home Institute to the ITER Organization to carry out these activities on a full time or part-time basis.
Any organization (Domestic Agency, institutions, universities, industrial enterprises) in one of the ITER Members. The Home Institute remains the main employer of the IPA during the IPA assignment, and continues paying the IPA salary.
IPA Profiles are advertised by the ITER Organization under a call for Expressions of Interest on this website, and Home Institutes submit Proposals in reply, using the ITER Organization template.

Click here to download the IO template

In principle, only Proposals from Home Institutes which have signed a MoA / MoU / CA with the ITER Organization can be considered for selection. To know if such MoA or MoU already exists, please contact the Home Institute's internal services or ipa-application@iter.org. In case there is no MoA / MoU / CA, then it shall be mentioned in the Proposal and the ITER Organization may decide to sign a MoA / MoU / CA with the Home Institute in the frame of the selection process before its conclusion.

The Home Institute Proposal shall include, with justification:

(i) Details of existing resources to be nominated as IPA with proposed skill sets in answer to the Expression of Interest;

(ii) Any administrative costs requested from the ITER Organization by the Home Institute to cover the execution of the Implementing Agreement;

(iii) Any other relevant information required for the implementation of the Implementing Agreement.

The Home Institute Proposal should be sent by email from a Home Institute authorized representative to the following address: IPA-application@iter.org.

Upon selection by the ITER Organization, the selected Home Institute and the ITER Organization sign an Implementing Agreement that covers the general conditions of assignment of all the Home Institute's IPA(s). Then, for each IPA under the Implementing Agreement, and individual Nomination Form will be signed by the Home Institute and the ITER Organization describing scope of activity, timeframe, financial conditions, other implementation aspects, etc.
In accordance with the IPA process time frame (see question above), the ITER Organization will duly contact the Home Institute at each step in the selection process.
IPA assignments shall, in principle, not exceed 4 years in total. Part-time IPA assignments can be arranged.
IPAs are not ITER Organization staff members and they are not subject to Privileges and Immunities. However, they benefit from certain facilities and arrangements. The ITER Organization provides support for administrative formalities to stay and work in France.
The Director-General may decide to grant the IPA a monthly Living Adjustment Allowance in addition to the salary paid by the Home Institute, to grant an Installation Allowance to be paid upon arrival, and to reimburse IPA's travel costs upon arrival to and departure from the ITER Organization. The granting and determination of such payments is at the discretion of the ITER Organization. In particular, no allowances shall be paid to IPA with no or limited relocation costs (e.g. if they live locally or are the spouse/partner of a person living locally, such as an IO staff member). In addition, Implementing Agreements and/or Nomination Forms may include other financial provisions.


9IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2021-10-06 Associate for TCWS Plant Control System Engineering

Ref. No.:                   IPA/2021/034/MCD
Department:            Machine Construction Department
Division:                  Tokamak Complex Division
Section:                    Tokamak Cooling Water System Section
Duration:                 2 years
Number of IPA(s):  2
Purpose:                   Perform Plant Control System design activities for TCWS

2021-10-06 Associate for TBS Connection Pipes System Captive Equipment Procurement and Installation Preparation

Ref.No.:                     IPA/2021/037/EDD
Domain:                    Engineering
Department:             Engineering Design Department
Division:                    Internal Components Division
Section:                     Tritium Breeding Blanket Systems
Duration:                  4 Years 
Purpose:                   The scope of this IPA is to provide engineering support on TBS Connection Pipes (CPs) System activities for preparation for procurement and installation before first plasma of captive equipment

2021-10-06 Associate for Quality Assurance and Quality Control activities within QMD

Ref.No.                     IPA/2021/038/QMD
Department:            Safety & Quality Department
Division:                  Quality Management Division
Group:                     Quality Planning and Control Group
Initial duration:      1 YEAR
Number of IPA(s):  1
Purpose:                 To support Quality monitoring on processes and items

2021-10-06 Associate for Design Engineering support to Design Office

Ref.No.:                   IPA/2021/036/DO
Domain:                  Engineering Domain
Division:                  Design Office Division
Section:                   CAD Activities Section
Duration:                4 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:                  Support the Design Office CAA Section in the implementation of Design engineering related tasks for HCD

2021-10-06 Associate for Schematics Tools support to Design Office

Ref.No.:                    IPA/2021/035/DO
Domain:                   Engineering Domain
Division:                   Design Office Division
Section:                    CAD Infrastructure Section
Initial duration:      3 years
Number of IPA(s):  1
Purpose:                   Support the Design Office CIS Section in the implementation of Design engineering tasks related to the administration of CAD Schematics Tools.

2021-09-29 Associate for Mechanical Engineering and Port structures development

Ref.No.:         IPA/2021/033/EDD
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:        Port Plugs & Diagnostics Division
Section:         Diagnostics Engineering Section
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To support the integration of tenant systems in the generic (modular) port infrastructure

2021-09-22 Associate for PFPO-1 Plasma Control System Design support

Ref.No.                        IPA/2021/032/SCOD
Domain:                      Science & Operation - SCOP
Department:                Science, Controls & Operation - SCOD
Division:                      Science - SCD
Section:                       Experiment & Plasma Operation - EPO
Number of IPA(s):       1
Purpose:                      Support to design of Plasma Control System for PFPO-1

2021-09-29 Associate for technical support in the production and follow-up of the Engineering Work Packages (EWP) and Construction Work Packages (CWP) materials in scope of the Instrumentation Group of the EVDA/ICCA Section, supporting procurement of instrumentation

Ref.No.:         IPA/2021/026/MCD
Department: Machine Construction Department
Division:        Ex-Vessel Delivery & Assembly
Section:         In-Cryostat, CTS & Auxiliaries
Duration:      4 Years
Purpose:       To support EWP and CWP production for the packages in scope of the Instrumentation group of the EVDA/ICCA Section

2021-09-29 Associate for ITER Vacuum Systems Manufacture, Installation & Commissioning

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/008/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Fuel Cycle Engineering Division
Section:        Vacuum Section
Duration:      2 years
Purpose:       To follow completion of IO vacuum systems design & manufacture and prepare for subsequent installation of IO vacuum systems