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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.

6IPA assignment(s) available
Application Deadline Title
2020-10-14 Associate for the Disruption Mitigation System to support DMS project documentation and contract monitoring

Ref.No.                  :     IPA/2020/054/EDD
Domain                 :     ENGN
Department           :     EDD
Division                 :     FCD
Section                 :     FWC/DMS
Starting Date         :     January 2021 
Duration                :    4 years
Number of IPA(s)   :     1
Purpose                 :    The support of DMS project documentation and contract monitoring activities

2020-10-14 Associate for EC Mechanical Designer for Installation

Ref. No.                      IPA/2020/041/EDD
Department:               Engineering Design Department
Division:                     Heating & Current Drive Division
Section:                      Electron Cyclotron Section
Starting Date:             ASAP
Duration:                    4 years
Number of IPA(s):       1
Purpose:                    Provide mechanical design and engineering support for EC system

2020-10-14 Associate for Integration of Microwave Diagnostics

Ref No.                 IPA/2020/055/EDD
Department:          Engineering Design Department
Division:               Port Plug and Diagnostic Division
Section:                In-Vessel Section
Starting Date:        01/01/2021
Duration:               4 years
Number of IPA(s):  1
Purpose:                Support the microwave diagnostic development and integration: Low-Field-Side and High-Field-Side Reflectometry and microwave stray radiation sensing.

2020-10-07 Associate for Dimensional Metrology

Ref.No.                  IPA/2020/052/MCD
Domain:                CNST
Department:          MCD
Division:                N/A
Section:                 MAI
Starting Date:        01/11/2020
Duration:               3 Years
Number of IPA(s):  1
Purpose:                Support Metrology related Construction Tasks

2020-09-30 Associate for assisting in the Management of Engineering and Construction Processes for the ITER Site and Buildings

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/049/CMO
Domain:        Construction Domain
Department: Construction Management Office
Division:       Building & Civil Works Section             
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To play a key supporting role in a mission of the Building and Civil Works Section, which is to ensure the proper definition and implementation of effective and compliant processes and procedures to enable completion of the Site and Buildings scope of works.

2020-09-30 Associate for assisting in the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Commissioning of the Mechanical Equipment and Systems for the ITER Nuclear Buildings (including HCC Buildings and Tokamak Complex)

Ref.No.:         IPA/2020/050/CMO
Domain:        Construction Domain
Department: Construction Management Office
Division:       Building & Civil Works Section            
Duration:      4 years
Purpose:       To play a key supporting role in a mission of the Building and Civil Works Section, which is to ensure the oversight of the design, manufacture, qualification, installation and commissioning of the Hot Cell Facility Buildings, as well as in the supervision of construction and commissioning activities of mechanical equipment in the Tokamak Complex.