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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 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:

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.

17IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2020-12-16 Associate for mechanical engineering of Dust Monitor Endoscope

Ref No.                    IPA/2020/065/EDD
Department:           IO/DG/ENGN/EDD
Division:                  PPD
Section:                    IVS
Starting Date:         01 March 2021
Duration:                 4 years
Number of IPA(s):  1
Purpose:                   Mechanical Engineering

2020-12-16 Associate for building maintenance data management

Ref No.:                       IPA/2020/070/CMO
Domain:                      CNST - Construction
Department:               Construction Management Office
Division:                      N/A
Section:                        Site Management Section
Starting Date:             March 2021
Duration:                    4 years
Number of IPA(s):     1
Purpose:                      Provide support to the Site Management Section in the development of a maintenance database for buildings and building services

2020-12-16 Associate for material delivery, expediting and dispatching

Ref No.:                   IPA-2020-073-CMO
Domain:                  CNST
Department:           Construction Management Office
Division:                  N/A
Section:                   Site Planning & Coordination Section
Starting Date:          March 2021
Duration:                 4 years
Number of IPA(s):  2
Purpose:                   Provide support to the Site planning and Coordination Section for the material management during the construction phase. Support all stakeholders in order to ensure an efficient data collection and registering in the dedicated tool for the incoming material, and a timely and in quality delivery to the using contractors.

2020-12-16 Associate for Control System Integration — Central I&C Software (EPICS, etc.)

Ref.No.                     IPA/2020/081/SCOD
Domain:                   SCOP — Science & Operation
Department:            SCOD — Science, Controls & Operation
Division:                  CD — Controls Division
Section:                    CCI — Central Control Integration Section
Starting Date:          June 2021
Initial duration:       1 year
Number of IPA(s):   1
Purpose:                   To provide support with the software implementation, maintenance and integration tasks performed by the CCI Section during construction and operation phases

2020-12-16 Associate for Control Systems Integration — PLC and field HMI

Ref.No.                   IPA/2020/082/SCOD
Domain:                 SCOP — Science & Operation
Department:          SCOD — Science, Controls & Operation
Division:                 CD — Controls Division
Section:                   CCI — Central Control Integration Section
Starting Date:         June 2021
Initial duration:      1 year
Number of IPA(s):  1
Purpose:                   To provide support with the ongoing industrial automation control systems integration and maintenance tasks performed by the CCI Section during construction and operation phases

2020-12-16 Associate for Associate for Plasma Boundary Diagnostic Engineering

Ref.No.:                        IPA/2020/078/EDD
Department:                Engineering Design Department
Division:                       Port Plug and Diagnostic Division
Section:                         In-Vessel Section
Starting Date:              01/02/2021
Duration:                      4 years
Number of IPA(s):       2
Purpose:                        To progress the engineering design of plasma boundary diagnostics

2020-12-16 Associate for IT Application and Development Section

Ref. No.                     IPA/2020/077/IT
Domain:                    CORP
Department:             NA
Division:                    IT
Section:                     ITAD
Starting Date:          April 2021
Duration:                  3 Years
Number of IPA(s):   1
Purpose:                   The IPA will provide business analysis and HR technical support to the Business Applications team.

2020-12-09 Associate for Collective Thomson Scattering Diagnostic Engineering

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

2020-12-09 Associate for Port-Based Diagnostic Engineering

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/062/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plug and diagnostics Integration Division
Section:        Common Port Plug Engineering Section
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       Support structural and thermal assessment of the integrated lower, upper and equatorial IO ports

2020-12-09 Associate for Thomson Scattering

Ref.No.:         IPA/2019/072/TED
Department: Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:       Port Plugs & Diagnostics Integration Division
Section:        In-Vessel Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       Assistance with ITER Thomson Scattering design and construction                

2020-11-25 Associate for Mechanical Engineer Tasks in Tokamak Complex Division

Ref.No.          IPA/2020/045/MCD
Domain:        Construction Domain
Department: Machine Construction Department
Division:       Tokamak Complex Division
Section:        Supply & Service Installation Section
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To undertake the PBS 62/65  tasks in the "Tokamak Complex Supply & Service Installation" Section

2020-11-25 Associate for the Disruption Mitigation System to support the DMS project cryogenic design

Ref.No.          IPA/2020/059/EDD
Domain:        Engineering Domain
Department: Engineering Design Department
Division:       Fuel Cycle Division
Section:        Fuelling & Wall Conditioning Section
Duration:      3 years
Purpose:       The support of DMS project cryogenic design

2020-12-16 Associate for support of EPNS activities in the framework of safety and accident analysis assessment

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/080/SQD
Department: Safety and Quality Department
Division:        Environmental Protection & Nuclear Safety Division
Group:          Environment Protection & Nuclear Safety Division
Duration:      2 Years
Purpose:       Performance of sensitivity safety analyses

2020-12-02 Associate for supporting ITER Tokomak Cooling Water System (TCWS) on mechanical engineering and construction activities

Ref.No.                     IPA/2020/044/MCD
Domain:                   Construction Domain
Department:            Machine Construction Department
Division:                  Tokamak Complex Division
Section:                   Tokamak Cooling Water System Section
Duration:                 2 years
Number of IPA(s):   2
Purpose:                  To perform mechanical calculations and analysis of the TCWS piping and supports in close collaboration with integration and CAD designer, and to contribute\lead to the construction package (EWP —Engineering Work Package) to be delivered for pre-fabrication and installation.

2020-12-02 Associate for engineering support for TF coil preparation and Sector Assembly

Ref.No.:          IPA/2020/066/MCD

Domain:         Construction Domain

Department: Machine Construction Department

Division:         Sector Modules Delivery & Assembly Division

Section:          TF Coil Section

Duration:        1 year

Purpose:         To provide engineering support and on-site contractor supervision in the areas of TF coil preparation for upending, and assembly/lifting of sector modules

2020-12-02 Associate for assisting in the management of general services and building modification works

Ref No.:          IPA/2020/071/CMO

Domain:         Construction Domain

Department: Construction Management Office

Section:          Site Management Section

Duration:       4 years

Purpose:        Provide support to the Site Management Section in the management of general services and miscellaneous minor building works and repairs

2020-11-25 Associate for safety aspects of the Test Blanket Modules Program

Ref.No.                     IPA-2020-072-EDD

Domain:                   ENGN

Department:           Engineering Design Department

Division:                   Internal Components Division

Section:                    Tritium Breeding Blanket Systems Section

Starting Date:          ASAP

Initial duration:       1 year

Number of IPA(s):   1

Purpose:                       The scope o f this IPA is to support the activities related to the safety aspects of the Test Blanket Modules Program