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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. In addition, Implementing Agreements and/or Nomination Forms  may include other financial provisions.


38IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2019-02-01 Associate for Remote Handling Engineering

Ref.No.:          IPA/2018/073/PED
Department:  Plant Engineering Department
Division:        Remote Handling & Radioactive Materials
Section:         Remote Handling Section
Duration:       1 year
Purpose:        To carry out the design and development of Remote Handling equipment and tooling required for inspection and maintenance of ITER systems

2019-02-15 Associate for IT Support for Systems and Operations

Ref.No.:          IPA/2019/003/CIO
Department:  Central Integration Office
Division:         Information Technology Division
Section:          IT System and Operation Section
Duration:        4 years
Purpose:         To provide ITER IT support in the infrastructure, security and operations domains

2019-02-15 Associate for Electron Cyclotron Emission Diagnostic Engineering

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/004/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plug and Diagnostics Integration
Section:        Common Port Plug Engineering
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To support in system level design for Electron Cyclotron Emission diagnostic and its mechanical and mm-wave performance

2019-02-15 Associate for Collective Thomson Scattering Diagnostic Engineering

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/005/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plug and Diagnostics Integration
Section:        Common Port Plug Engineering
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:      To support in system level design for Collective Thomson Scattering diagnostic

2019-02-15 Associate for Mechanical Engineering for HIT

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/006/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Duration:      2 years
Purpose:       To perform thermo-mechanical analyses of piping systems, supports structures and penetrations exposed to fire

2019-02-15 Associate for ITER Vacuum Systems, Manufacturing and Installation Design support

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/007/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Fuel Cycle Engineering Division
Section:        Vacuum Section
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To support the IO vacuum systems design and data production resulting from manufacturing, integration issues and need to prepare for installation

2019-02-15 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:      4 years
Purpose:       To follow completion of IO vacuum systems design & manufacture and prepare for subsequent installation of IO vacuum systems

2019-02-15 Associate for the support of Auxiliary Building Services Installation

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/009/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Fuel Cycle Engineering Division
Section:        Vacuum Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       To support the integration of installation tasks and perform monitoring of IO construction activities.     

2019-02-15 Associate for Mechanical Engineer

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/010/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Electrical Engineering Division 
Section:        Cable Management Section
Duration:      18 months
Purpose:       Mechanical Engineer

2019-02-15 Associate for Electrical Cable Engineer

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/011/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Electrical Engineering Division
Section:        Cable Management Section
Duration:      18 months
Purpose:       Cable Engineer

2019-02-15 Associate for Electrical Cable Engineer

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/012/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Electrical Engineering Division
Section:        Cable Management Section
Duration:      18 months
Purpose:       Cable Engineer

2019-02-15 Associate for Electrical Distribution design in Tokamak Complex

Ref.No.:                IPA/2019/013/PED
Department:        Plant Engineering Department
Division:              Electrical Engineering Division
Section:               Electrical Power Distribution Section
Duration:             2 years
Number of IPAs:  2
Purpose:              To complete and update when necessary the LV electrical design in Tokamak Complex

2019-02-08 Associate for support of ITER bolometer systems

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/001/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plug and Diagnostics Integration
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To support of ITER bolometer systems

2019-02-08 Associate to support the development of ITER Tokamak Systems Monitoring (TSM) system

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/002/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plug and Diagnostics Integration Division
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To support the development of ITER Tokamak Systems Monitoring (TSM) system

2019-01-25 Associate for Knowledge Management project

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/082/CIO
Department: Central Integration Office
Division:       Configuration Management Division
Section:        Design and Configuration Control Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:      Help establishing a Knowledge Management process in ITER

2019-01-25 Applied Mathematician Associate for Integrated Modelling

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/084/CIO
Department: Central Integration Office
Division:       Design and Construction Integration Division
Section:        System Integration Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Developing models for various systems and participation in the development and improvement of simulation software

2019-02-01 Associate for ITER Vacuum Systems Integration

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/080/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department (PED)
Division:       Fuel Cycle Engineering Division (FCED)
Section:        Vacuum Section (VS)
Duration:      2 years
Purpose:       To rework and integrate the CAD layout of the ITER Vacuum system to ensure full integration with other co-habited system throughout the Tokamak complex.   

2019-02-01 Associate for Synthetic and Spectroscopy Diagnostic Support

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/081/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plug & Diagnostics Integration
Section:        Ex-Vessel Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Supporting the use of synthetic diagnostic modules in support of spectroscopic diagnostic development

2019-02-01 Associate for In-vessel Coil (IVC) busbar

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/083/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department (PED)
Division:       Electrical Engineering Division (EED)
Section:        Coil Power Supply Section (CPS)
Duration:      2 years
Purpose:       Engineering and design support during design and manufacture phases of IVC busbar.

2019-01-25 Associate for Construction Document Controller

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/071/CST
Department: Construction Department
Division:       Construction Management Division - CMG
Section:        Integration Management Group- IMG
Duration:      2 years
Purpose:       To support the handover from SmartPlant to PLM of the construction related documents.

2019-01-25 Associate for Vacuum Vessel Sectors, Equatorial Ports, Lower Ports & Gravity Supports Procurements manufacturing follow-up

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/077/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Vacuum Vessel
Section:        Vacuum Vessel Procurement
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       To contribute to the manufacturing follow-up of the Vacuum Vessel sectors, equatorial ports, lower ports & gravity supports procurements by supporting related activities in close collaboration to IO Vacuum Vessel Procurement section staff.

2019-02-01 Associate for Radwaste Engineering

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

2019-02-01 Associate for Nuclear Structural Engineering

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/074/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Remote Handling & Radioactive Materials
Section:        Hot cell and Radwaste Materials
Duration:      1 year
Purpose:       Design and construction of the Tokamak Assembly Preparation building (TAPB) and Hot Cell Complex (HCC) buildings

2019-02-01 Associate for Hot Cell Design Engineering

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/075/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Remote Handling & Radioactive Materials
Section:        Hot Cell and Radwaste Section
Duration:      1 year
Purpose:       To contribute to the design, integration, safety, assembly, installation, commissioning and operation of the ITER Hot Cell Complex

2019-02-01 Associate for supporting ITER Tokomak Cooling Water System (TCWS) Electrical and I&C integration activities

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/076/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Tokamak Cooling Water System Division
Section:        Tokamak Cooling Water System Design
Duration:       2 years
Purpose:       To support the Electrical and I&C integration for TCWS: inserting instruments in the 3D models, generating diagrams, etc.

2019-02-01 Associate for technical support for the thermal shield procurement and assembly

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/062/CST
Department: Construction Department
Division:        Tokamak Assembly Division
Section:         Sector Module Assembly
Duration:       2 years
Purpose:        To contribute to thermal shield documentation required for the Engineering Work Package of thermal shield assembly, and other work in support of the thermal shield procurement/delivery

2019-01-25 Associate for Confinement Integration

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/061/CIO
Department: Central Integration Office
Division:       Design & Construction Integration Division
Section:        System Integration Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       To support the implementation of Confinement Transverse Function TF-34, both for safety and investment protection purposes.

2019-02-01 Associate for As-Built Data Management Working Group (ADM-WG)

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/055/CIO
Department: Central Integration Office
Division:        Design and Construction Integration Division
Section:         Design Integration Section
Duration:       3 years
Purpose:       To provide technical support on the activities performed by the ADM-WG, focused on the implementation of as-built studies and the assessment of tolerance non-conformities for the Tokamak machine

2019-01-25 Associate for TCWS Administration

Ref. No.:        IPA/2018/059/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Tokamak Cooling Water System Division
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Program Administration for equipment manufacturing

2019-01-25 Associate for Electrical Engineer (ESIS)

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/052/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Field Engineering Installation Division
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Assure supervision rule during electrical and control systems installation in the ITER buildings, within the defined cost, scope and schedule.

2019-01-25 Associate for Electrical Technician (ESIS)

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/053/PED
Department: Plant Engineering Department
Division:       Field Engineering Installation Division
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Assure supervision rule during electrical and control systems installation in the ITER buildings, within the defined cost, scope and schedule.

2019-01-25 Associate for Investment Protection Function definition support

Ref.No.:           IPA/2018/046/SCOD
Department:   Science and Operations Department
Division:         Control System Division
Section:          Plant Control & Instrumentation Section
Duration:        3 years
Purpose:         Support for Formalization of Interlock Functions Specification

2019-01-25 Associate for Fire Protection Integration

Ref.No.:            IPA/2018/045/CIO
Department:    Central Integration Office
Division:          Design and Construction Integration Division
Section:           System Integration System
Duration:         3 years
Purpose:         To support the implementation of fire protection, both for safety and investment protection purposes

2019-02-01 Associate for Cable Engineering

Ref.No.:                IPA/2018/035/PED
Department:        Plant Engineering Department
Division:              Electrical Engineering Division
Section:               Cable Management Sub-Section
Duration:             2 years
Number of IPAs: 2
Purpose:             Cabling engineering in TKC & auxiliary buildings

2019-01-25 Associate for Neutral Beam Control System

Ref.No.:         IPA/2017/017/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Heating & Current Drive Division
Section:        Neutral Beam Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       To ensure that the development of the control system foreseen for the NBTF at Padua is transferable to the NB systems at IO

2019-02-01 Associate for Nuclear System Design and Manufacturing Engineer

Ref.No.:         IPA/2018/023/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Internal Compensation Division
Section:        Tritium Breeding Blanket System Section
Duration:      2 years - 4 years
Purpose:       Finalization of the design and manufacturing follow up of the Test Blanket System Connection Pipes.

2019-01-25 Associate for ITER MQP procedures in relation to Material Management for Bill of Materials, requisitions and Purchase Orders

Ref.No.:           IPA/2017/090/CST
Department:   Construction Department
Division:         Construction Management Division
Duration:        3 years
Purpose:         To support the application of ITER MQP procedures in relation to Material Management for Bill of Materials, requisitions and Purchase Orders.

2019-02-01 Associate for development of 55.G9 Dust Monitor #2

Ref.No.:         IPA/2017/060/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plugs & Diagnostics Integration Division
Section:        In-Vessel Diagnostics Section
Duration:      2 years
Purpose:       To Support in development of 55.G9 Dust Monitor