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  • If you are looking for an enriching and life-changing postdoctoral experience, the Monaco/ITER fellowship program is the right choice. It is a unique opportunity to take part in the largest fusion project in the world, working with the greatest scientists, researchers and engineers.

    Valentina Nikolaeva
  • The Monaco-ITER Fellowship program has been the most fascinating experience of my scientific life. It allowed me to explore fusion research in its real complexity, to contribute to the ambitious ITER project and to enjoy working in this unique and inspiring international environment.

    Anna Medvedeva
  • ITER provides an amazing environment for young fusion researchers and it is an honour to be granted a Monaco-ITER fellowship. This opportunity allowed me to learn a lot from outstanding physicists and diagnosticians.

    Damien Colette
  • Working at ITER is a wonderful opportunity both professionally and personally, especially because of the great people. Moreover, it is a good place to learn and get recognized in the field of fusion plasma physics.

    William Gracias
  • Working with brilliant fusion scientists, who come from all over the world to join ITER, is a beautiful experience. Please, join us if you are eager to be actively involved in the world’s largest fusion project.

    Lei Chen
David Campbell, Director of the ITER Science and Operations Department, amid the current Monaco Postdocs: Stephanie Panayotis from France, Wouter Dekeyser from Belgium, Christian Vorpahl from Germany, Chao Zhou from China and Doohyun Kim from Korea. (Click to view larger version...)
David Campbell, Director of the ITER Science and Operations Department, amid the current Monaco Postdocs: Stephanie Panayotis from France, Wouter Dekeyser from Belgium, Christian Vorpahl from Germany, Chao Zhou from China and Doohyun Kim from Korea.
Principality of Monaco/ITER postdoctoral fellowships 2016 are now open for applications:

In January 2008, a Partnership Agreement was signed between the ITER Organization and the Principality of Monaco to set up a Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Since then, five young scientists from the seven ITER Member countries or from the Principality of Monaco have been appointed every two years, and - over a period of two years — are trained in research areas related to the ITER project. The principal motivation of the Research Fellowships is the development of excellence in research in fusion science and technology within the ITER framework. Brilliance and creativity, together with understanding of the relevance of the individual research interests to the ITER project are a key requirement.

The Monaco/ITER Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme allows young researchers to participate in one of the great scientific and technical challenges of the 21st century and to work closely with leading experts in fusion science and technology within a unique international framework. If you are interested in contributing to the development of fusion energy and would like to experience the ITER project 'up close', the Monaco/ITER Fellowships are a great opportunity.

Your PhD was awarded after 1 January 2013 or you are about to obtain one.

You would like to carry out a research project and to participate in publications of high-quality journal articles in fusion science and technology.

Within the ITER project research possibilities exist in many areas of fusion science and technology, including:

  • Control Technology
  • Plasma facing materials and components
  • Burning plasma physics (confinement, stability, plasma-wall interactions, control, energetic particle physics)
  • Heating and current drive physics and technology
  • Fusion plasma diagnostics
  • Superconducting magnet technology
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering/ structural analysis
  • Remote handling technology
  • Vacuum technology and plasma fuelling technology
  • Cryogenics
  • Tokamak Operations
  • Tritium Breeding and tritium handling technology
  • Thermohydraulics

  • You are a national of one of ITER Members or of the Principality of Monaco
  • Your PhD was awarded after the 1 January 2013 or you will have received your PhD by the deadline for taking up an award.
Applicants are requested to apply through the ITER job site:

The e-Recruitment system will require you to:

  • Fill-in an online application file
  • Upload your Curriculum Vitae (including a selection of your most important publications and photocopies of your highest academic qualification)
  • Upload a letter of motivation -- limited to 2 pages
Important: Three letters of recommendation are also required. Please send those letters together with additional copies of your CV and motivation letter in one PDF file to with a subject line: 2016 Monaco Fellowship application.

Time schedule for the 2016 postdoctoral fellowship programme:

  • 16 January 2018 : External launch of competition
  • 1 March 2018 : Deadline for application
  • 3 and 4 April 2018 : Candidate interviews
  • 1 September 2018 : Fellows normally on site
  • 31 December 2018 : Latest date for Fellows to take up award on site