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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.

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 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.

Click here to download the IO template

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.


26IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2017-06-19 Associate for support and supervision of Design Office Division CAD Collaboration Activities

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/077/CIO
Department:   Central Integration Office
Division:         Design Office Division
Section:          CAD Infrastructure Section
Starting Date: August 2017
Duration:        3 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To support and supervision of Design Office Division CAD Collaboration Activities

2017-06-12 Associate for mirror cleaning R&D

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/003/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Port Plugs & Diag Integration Division
Starting Date: September 2017
Duration:        1 year
Purpose:         To advance the mirror cleaning R&D which is needed to provide engineering guidelines to the DAs on how to implement mirror cleaning in diagnostics that need this kind of on-board maintenance

2017-06-12 Associate for temporary visible and infrared system for the first plasma

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/006/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Port Plugs & Diag Integration Division
Section:          Ex-Vessel Diagnostics Section
Starting Date: September 2017
Duration:        2 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To support the design development and construction of ITER visible and infrared systems. To lead the development of the temporary visible and infrared system for the first plasma.

2017-06-12 Associate for Beryllium activities

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/023/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Internal Components Division
Section:          Blanket Section
Starting Date: July 2017
Duration:        1 year, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions
Purpose:         To support the IO for ongoing Beryllium activities offsite and in readiness for delivery of beryllium components to site

2017-06-19 Associate for Production of Magnet Supports (gravity supports) engineering data (Various profiles)

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/079/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Magnet Division
Section:          TF Coil Section
Starting Date: ASAP
Duration:        12 months
Purpose:         Production of Magnet Supports (gravity supports) engineering data

2017-06-12 Associate for the ITER Cryo distribution system (warm line and cryogenic valve boxes)

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/078/PED
Department:   Plant Engineering Department
Division:         Cooling Systems Engineering Division
Section:          Cryogenic System Section
Starting Date: July 2017
Duration:        2 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To support the Technical Responsible Officers  (TRO) of the ITER Cryo distribution system with respect to warm line and cryogenic valve boxes equipment design, qualification, testing and operation preparation

2017-05-26 Associate for dimensional control of the components and assemblies of the Tokamak Machine

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/034/CST
Department:   Construction Department
Division:         Tokamak Assembly Section/Division
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration:        2 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To provide metrology expertise for dimensional control of the components and assemblies of the Tokamak Machine

2017-05-26 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: September 2017
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

2017-06-12 Associate for diagnostic projects to measure halo currents, including divertor and blanket Rogowskis

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/043/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Port Plugs & Diag Integration Division
Section:          In-Vessel Diagnostics Section
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration:        3 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To run diagnostic projects to measure halo currents, including divertor and blanket Rogowskis.

2017-06-12 Associate for divertor erosion measurement project

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/044/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Port Plugs & Diag Integration Division
Section:          In-Vessel Diagnostics Section
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration:        3 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To run the divertor erosion measurement project

2017-06-12 Associate for In Vessel Viewing System (PBS 57) procurement arrangement

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/055/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Port Plugs & Diag Integration Division
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration:        4 years
Purpose:        To support the IO-CT supervision of the Procurement Arrangement for the In Vessel Viewing System (PBS 57).

2017-06-12 Associate for Bolometer System (PBS 55.D1).procurement arrangement

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/056/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Port Plugs & Diag Integration Division
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration:        4 years
Purpose:        To support the IO-CT supervision of the Procurement Arrangement for the Bolometer System (PBS 55.D1).

2017-05-26 Associate for development of 55.G9 Dust Monitor #1

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/059/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Port Plugs & Diag Integration Division
Section:          In-Vessel Diagnostics Section
Starting Date: June 2017
Duration:        2-3 years
Purpose:         To Support in development of 55.G9 Dust Monitor

2017-05-26 Associate for implementation of an integrated ERP/HRIS

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/063/HRD
Department:   Human Resources Department
Starting Date: August 2017
Duration:        2 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To Support the implementation of an integrated ERP/HRIS

2017-05-26 Associate for IPA administrative management

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/064/HRD
Department:   Human Resources Department
Starting Date: August 2017
Duration:        2 years, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions.
Purpose:         To support the administrative management of ITER Project Associates.

2017-06-12 Associate for hydraulic, thermal and mechanical analysis and design optimization of Blanket shield blocks

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/027/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Internal Components Division
Section:          Blanket Section
Starting Date: July 2017
Duration:        1 year, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions
Purpose:         Associate is required in hydraulic, thermal and mechanical analysis and design optimization of Blanket shield blocks to finalize the production of CAD models to be provided to procuring DAs for series production.

2017-06-12 Associate for the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/028/CIO
Department:   Central Integration Office
Division:         Analysis Section/Division
Starting Date: September 2017
Duration:        1 year, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions
Purpose:         Associate is required in preparation of the "Electronics, Electrical and Electromechanical (EEE) items Electromagnetic Compatibility Handbook" and will interact on behalf and under the supervision of AS with ITER PBSs and System Engineering Section to help defining EMC plans for the ITER System, Subsystem and Components (SSC).

2017-06-12 Associate for electro-magnetic and power supply systems integrated modelling

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/029/CIO
Department:   Central Integration Office
Division:         Analysis Section/Division
Starting Date: September 2017
Duration:        1 year, may be extended in line with IPA scheme provisions
Purpose:         To support electro-magnetic and power supply systems integrated modelling

2017-05-26 Associate for Integrated Cryogenic Modelling

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/030/CIO
Department:   Central Integration Office
Division:         Design & Construction Integration Division
Section:          System Integration Section
Starting Date: July 2017
Duration:        1 year
Purpose:         To support electro-magnetic and power supply systems integrated modelling

2017-06-12 Associate for Magnet Pre-Compression Ring Engineering Work Packages (Various profiles)

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/002/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Magnet Division
Section:          CS & Correction Coil Section
Starting Date: July 2017
Duration:        12 months
Purpose:         Engineering Support on Magnet System activities, in particular on Magnet Pre-Compression Ring engineering work packages

2017-06-12 Associate for ITER Magnet Instrumentation (Various profiles)

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/040/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Magnet Division
Section:          Superconductor Systems & Auxiliaries Section
Starting Date: September 2017
Duration:        2 years
Purpose:         Development and qualification of ITER Magnet Instrumentation engineering procedures.

2017-05-26 Associate for Neutral Beam SF6 system procurement

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/019/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 ITER SF6 system with finalization of the detailed design and to lead the procurement of an industrial SF6 system

2017-06-12 Associate for Rectangular bellows design and Manufacturing Support

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/021/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Vessel Section/Division
Starting Date: June 2017
Duration:        3 years
Purpose:         To support Rectangular bellows design and Manufacturing

2017-06-12 Associate for Cryostat design and Manufacturing Support

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/022/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Vessel Section/Division
Starting Date: ASAP
Duration:        3 years
Purpose:         To support Cryostat design and Manufacturing

2017-06-19 Associate for Feeders Assembly (Various profiles)

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/048/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Magnet Division
Section:          Superconductor Systems & Auxiliaries Section
Starting Date: September 2017
Duration:        18 Months
Purpose:         ITER feeder assembly process qualification.

2017-06-12 Associate for Magnet Feeders Engineering Work Packages (Various profiles)

Ref.No.           IPA/2017/001/TED
Department:   Tokamak Engineering Department
Division:         Magnet Division
Section:          Superconductor Systems & Auxiliaries Section
Starting Date: asap
Duration:        18 months
Purpose:         Production of Magnet Feeders engineering data (BoM, Tagged drawings etc.)