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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 plus Switzerland, 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.


12IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2020-04-15 Associate for support of Blanket Fabrication Documents and for Interface Design and Analysis

Ref.No.:        IPA/2018/048/TED
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:       Internal Components Division
Section:        Blanket Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Provide support to the organization and monitoring of Blanket Fabrication Documents and to Design and Analysis of interfaces.

2020-04-15 Associate for Radwaste Engineering

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/072/PED
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:       Remote Handling & Rad-waste Management
Section:        Hot Cell & Rad-waste Section
Duration:      1 year
Purpose:       To contribute to the design, integration, safety, assembly, installation, commissioning and operation of the ITER Radwaste Systems

2020-04-15 Associate for the design and procurement of Disruption Mitigation System (DMS)

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/037/PED
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:       Fuel Cycle Division
Section:        Fuelling & Wall Conditioning Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Manage

2020-04-15 Associate for Coil Power Supply System (In-Field Commissioning Execution)

Ref. No.:        IPA/2020/014/PLD
Domain:        Construction Domain
Department: Plant Construction Department
Division:       Electrical Implementation Division
Section:        Coil Power Supply Section
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       Support in-field commissioning execution of Coil Power Supply System

2020-04-15 Associate for Remote Handling Engineering

Ref.No.          IPA/2020/018/EDD
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:       Remote Handling & Rad-waste Management Division
Section:        Remote Handling Section
Duration:      1 year
Purpose:       Design and development of RH equipment, tooling and processes.

2020-04-29 Associate to support Market intelligence and Industry Liaison

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/026/FPD
Domain:        Corporate Domain
Department: Finance & Procurement Department
Division:       Procurement & Contract Division
Section:        Engineering, Science, Operation & Corporate
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Defines and implements a Market Intelligence process in PCD and supports procurement officers to define strategies and sourcing tactics.

2020-04-22 Associate for electromagnetic (EM) and EM compatibility (EMC) analysis

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/027/CIO
Department: Central Integration Office
Section:        Integration Engineering Analysis Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Support the EM and EMC activities of CIO/IEA.

2020-04-22 Associate for E, I&C Engineer to support engineering activities for PBS32 and PBS64

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/028/EDD
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:       Fuel Cycle Division
Section:        Tritium Plant Section
Duration:      1 year
Purpose:       Provide support to I&C engineering activities for PBS32/64 systems. Provide support for preparation of Technical Specifications for Final Design and Fabrication contracts for Detritiation System (DS).

2020-04-22 Associate for Structural Engineer for stress calculations with GT STRUDL, ANSYSANSYS

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/029/EDD
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:       Fuel Cycle Division
Section:        Tritium Plant Section
Duration:      1 year
Purpose:       Provide support mainly for the DS systems design for structural design employing GT STRUDL and ANSYSANSYS type software for stress analysis.

2020-04-15 Associate for engineering support for tool engineering and commissioning in the frame of the TAC-2 Contract

Ref. No.:            IPA/2020/025/MCD
Domain:            Construction Domain
Department:     Machine Construction Department
Division:           Sector Modules Delivery & Assembly Division
Section/Group: In Vessel Assembly Group
Duration:           2 years
Purpose:           To provide engineering support in the development and qualification of preparatory activities needed to be performed the test commissioning of tools in the frame of the TAC-2 Contract

2020-04-08 Associate for As-Built Data Management Working Group (ADM-WG)

Ref.No.:          IPA/2020/023/CIO
Domain:         Engineering Domain
Department:  Central Integration Office
Division:        Physical & Functional Integration Division
Section:         Design Integration Section
Duration:       3 years
Purpose:       To provide technical support on the activities performed by the ADM-WG for the implementation of nuclear buildings as-built models

2020-04-08 Associate to support the development of HMI for operation

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/024/SCOD
Domain:        Science and Operation Domain
Department: Science, Controls and Operations
Division:       Controls Division
Section:        Data, connectivity and Software Section
Duration:      2 years
Purpose:       To support CODAC in developing operator interface that will be used for operation in the main control room using CODAC Core System editing and reporting tools.