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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.

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.

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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 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.


16IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2018-11-16 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
Starting Date:       ASAP
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
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

2018-11-16 Associate for Structural Analysis (Construction Support)

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/057/CIO
Department:         Central Integration Office
Division:               Analysis Section / Division
Section:                Analysis Section / Division
Starting Date:       ASAP
Duration:              Minimum one year, maximum four years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               Support the structural analysis activities of CIO/AS. This will primarily involve performing structural analyses, and reviewing structural analysis reports.

2018-11-16 Associate for Structural Analysis (Design Finalisation)

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/058/CIO
Department:         Central Integration Office
Division:               Analysis Section / Division
Section:                Analysis Section / Division
Starting Date:       ASAP
Duration:              Minimum one year, maximum four years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               Support the structural analysis activities of CIO/AS. This will primarily involve performing structural analyses, and reviewing structural analysis reports.

2018-11-16 Associate for TCWS Administration

Ref. No.               IPA/2018/059/PED
Department:        Plant Engineering Department
Division:              Tokamak Cooling Water System Division
Section:
Starting Date:       01 March 2019
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               Program Administration for equipment manufacturing

2018-11-16 Associate for TCWS Equipment Manufacturing Engineer

Ref. No.               IPA/2018/060/PED
Department:        Plant Engineering Department
Division:              Tokamak Cooling Water System Division
Section:
Starting Date:       01 March 2019
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 2
Purpose:               Oversight of equipment manufacturing

2018-11-16 Associate — HR Administrator

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/056/HRD
Department:         Human Resources Department
Division:               N/A
Section:                Remuneration, Performances & Employment Section
Starting Date:       January 2019
Duration:              Initial 1 year, extension possible up to 4 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               To provide assistance to the HR Department for the general administration and compensation & benefits aspects related to the selection and assignment of ITER Project Associates.

2018-11-09 Associate for *** Electrical engineer (ESIS)

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/052/PED
Department:         Plant Engineering Department
Division:               Field Engineering Installation Division
Section:                Electrical Systems Installation Surveillance Group
Starting Date:       ASAP
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               assure supervision rule during electrical and control systems installation in the ITER buildings, within the defined cost, scope and schedule.

2018-11-09 Associate for *** Electrical Technician (ESIS)

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/053/PED
Department:         Plant Engineering Department
Division:               Field Engineering Installation Division
Section:                Electrical Systems Installation Surveillance Group
Starting Date:       ASAP
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               assure supervision rule during electrical and control systems installation in the ITER buildings, within the defined cost, scope and schedule.

2018-11-09 Associate for *** Mechanical Engineer (MPIS Section)

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/054/PED
Department:         Plant Engineering Department
Division:               Field Engineering Installation Division
Section:                Mechanical/Piping Installation Surveillance Group
Starting Date:       ASAP
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               assure a supervision role during mechanical and piping installation in Worksites 3, 4 and 5, within the defined cost, scope and schedule.

2018-10-26 Associate for Electron Cyclotron System Installation

Ref.No.                 IPA/2018/050/TED
Department:         Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:               Heating & Current Drive Division
Section:                Electron Cyclotron Section
Starting Date:       ASAP
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               Support the development of the Engineering Work Packages associated with the TCC1 and TCC2 installation activities.

2018-10-26 Associate for CFD Analysis

Ref.No.                IPA/2018/051/CIO
Department:        Central Integration Office
Division:              Analysis Section/Division
Section:               Analysis Section/Division
Starting Date:      01/02/2019
Duration:             Minimum one year, maximum four years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:              Support the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis activities of CIO/AS.

2018-11-02 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
Starting Date:       1 Dec 2018
Duration:              3 years
Number of IPA(s): 1
Purpose:               to support the implementation of fire protection, both for safety and investment protection purposes

2018-10-26 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

2018-11-02 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

2018-10-26 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

2018-11-02 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