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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) 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.

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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 Implementing Agreement (IA) 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.

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Only Proposals from Home Institutes which have signed a MoA or MoU 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 ITER Organization Legal Affairs. In case there is no MoA or MoU, then it shall be mentioned in the Proposal and the ITER Organization may decide to sign a MoA or MoU 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 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 scope of activity, timeframe, nominated IPA(s), financial conditions, other implementation aspects, etc.
Indicative overall average Time Frame: 6-7 months

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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 may include other financial provisions.


14IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2018-08-10 Associate for Neutron and gamma diagnostics development

Ref. No.               IPA/2018/031/TED
Department:        Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:              Port Plugs & Diagnostics Integration Division
Section:               Ex-Vessel Section
Starting Date:       1st November 2018
Duration:              4 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               To support the development  of various neutron diagnostics for the measurement of the total neutron emission

2018-08-10 Associate for VV In Wall Shielding procurement support in the follow-up of component fabrication, assembly, installation, and testing oversight

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/032/TED
Department:         Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:               Vessel Division
Section:                Vacuum  Vessel Procurement
Starting Date:       September 1, 2018
Duration:              2 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               To contribute the In Wall Shielding (IWS) procurement by assisting any related activities in the follow-up of component fabrication, assembly, installation, and testing oversight.

2018-08-10 Associate for VV In Wall Shielding procurement support in the follow-up of design, analysis, manufacturing, assembly & factory/site acceptance tests

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/033/TED
Department:         Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:               Vessel Division
Section:                Vacuum Vessel Procurement
Starting Date:       September 1, 2018
Duration:              2 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               To contribute the In Wall Shielding (IWS) procurement management and associated manufacturing and installation coordination activities by supporting any related activities such as design, analysis, manufacturing, assembly & factory/site acceptance tests.

2018-08-03 Associate for Development of a novel field mapping measurement method and magnetic sensor calibration

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/030/TED
Department:         Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:               Port Plugs & Diagnostic Integration   Division
Section:                In-Vessel Diagnostics Section
Starting Date:       October 1, 2018
Duration:              4 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               To support the development of a novel field mapping measurement method for ITER first wall alignment based on an in-situ vacuum compatible high precision magnetic field sensor network. To support the calibration of the ITER magnetic sensors and the calibration metrology data transfer. 

2018-07-20 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
Starting Date: As soon as possible
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

2018-07-20 Associate for Quality Control of Magnet Feeder Procurement Agreement Documents

Ref.No.                    IPA/2018/025/CST
Department:           Construction Department
Division:                 Tokamak Assembly Division
Section:                  In-cryostat Assembly Section
Starting Date:         ASAP
Duration:                2 years
Number of IPA(s):  1
Purpose:                 Support Construction Team for Tokamak Assembly (CTTA) in quality control of QA documents required in Feeder Procurement Arrangement (PA)

2018-07-20 Associate for Magnet Feeder Procurement and Assembly

Ref.No.                   IPA/2018/026/CST
Department:          Construction Department
Division:                Tokamak Assembly Division
Section:                 In-cryostat Assembly Section
Starting Date:        ASAP
Duration:               2 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:                To support Construction Team for Tokamak Assembly (CTTA) in procurement of Feeder components and preparation of Engineering Work Packages (EWPs)

2018-07-27 Associate for ITER MQP procedures in relation to Material Management for Expediting in conjunction with P6 schedules for deliveries and Construction Activities

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/091/CST
Department:   Construction Department
Division:         Construction Management Division
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration:        3 years
Purpose:         To support the application of ITER MQP procedures in relation to Material Management for Expediting in conjunction with P6 schedules for deliveries and Construction Activities

2018-07-27 Associate for the Nuclear Maintenance Management

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/087/SCOD
Department:   Science and Operations Department
Division:         Operation Management Section
Starting Date: ASAP
Duration:        1 year, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To Support for the Nuclear Maintenance Management

2018-07-20 Associate for design and development of Remote Handling equipment and tooling

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/061/PED
Department:   Plant Engineering Department
Division:         Remote Handling & Radioactive Materials Division
Section:          Remote Handling Section
Starting Date: ASAP
Duration:        2 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To support the design and development of Remote Handling equipment and tooling required for inspection and maintenance of ITER systems, structures and components (SCCs)

2018-07-20 Associate for Design, Manufacturing, Test and Operation of Tokamak Assembly Tools

Ref.No.            IPA/2017/035/CST
Department:   Construction Department
Division:         Tokamak Assembly Section/Division
Starting Date: ASAP
Duration:        2 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To technically contribute on assembly tool design and manufacturing based on the tool design experiences

2018-07-27 Associate for documentation required for Engineering Work Packages (EWPs) for the Cooling Water Systems

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/036/CST
Department:   Construction Department
Division:         Tokamak Complex Section/Division
Starting Date: ASAP
Duration:        4 years
Purpose:         To support Construction Team for Tokamak Complex (CTTC) Team in defining documents required in the Engineering Work Packages (EWPs) for the Cooling Water Systems

2018-07-27 Associate for documentation required for Engineering Work Packages (EWPs) for the Vacuum Systems

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/037/CST
Department:   Construction Department
Division:         Tokamak Complex Section/Division
Starting Date: ASAP
Duration:        4 years
Purpose:         To support Construction Team for Tokamak Complex (CTTC) Team in defining documents required in the Engineering Work Packages (EWPs) for the Vacuum Systems

2018-08-03 Associate for Neutral Beam mechanical design and manufacture follow-up

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/018/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Heating & Current Drive Division
Section:          Neutral Beam Section
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration:        4 years
Purpose:         To support the Technical Responsible Officer (TRO) of the Diagnostic Neutral Beam (DNB) Beam line component and bushing procurements