Upper Launcher Engineer IO0380

Upper Launcher Engineer IO0380

ITER - International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France


In this role as Technical Responsible Officer (TRO) for the Electron Cyclotron (EC) Upper Launcher (UL) and Ex-Vessel Waveguides (EW) Procurement Arrangement (PA) with the European Domestic Agency (EUDA), you will be responsible for PA oversight, providing the technical and managerial inputs which focus on the design finalization and manufacturing, and lead to the successful delivery, installation, and operation of the UL and EW.

As TRO, you will also be responsible for Quality Assurance (QA) support, definition of design & safety requirements, manufacturing follow-up including development of installation, operation and maintenance plans, and resource management. A key element of this position is to manage the integration and interfaces of this scope into the overall ECRH system and the ITER machine. Additionally, you will provide mechanical engineering support to the overall Electron Cyclotron (EC) system and the Equatorial Launcher (EL) developments when required.


The EC team are a section within the Heating and Current Drive (HCD) Division, in the Engineering Design Department. This team are responsible, with the responsible Domestic Agencies, for the development of the EC system for ITER. The EC system will be used in ITER for Heating and Current Drive (H&CD) in a number of plasma operating scenarios. The EC system aims at delivering up to 20MW for plasma heating and current drive (H&CD) applications, with a potential upgrade for an additional 20MW (40MW in total) of delivered power as a future up grade. In order to achieve 20MW of delivered power, the EC system has an installed power of 24MW (sources located outside of the ITER tokamak building). Transmission lines and EW are integrated in the tokamak building guiding the power to the four upper launchers (UL) and Equatorial Launcher (EL), mounted in the vacuum vessel.

The ECH system is also a First Plasma (FP) system, where approx. 8MW of power needs to be installed to accommodate plasma breakdown. In preparation for FP operation, the First of four EUDA Upper launchers will be operational, with the remaining systems operational for the Pre-Fusion-Plasma Operation phase (PFPO-1).

Major Duties/Roles & Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinates the development of the final design of the EC UL and EW in collaboration with other EC section members, IO-CT (ITER Central Team) and IO-F4E (European Domestic Agency);
  • Documents the design requirements, load specification, safety functions, requirements propagation and verification, and quality plans of the PA (in collaboration with the EU-DA);
  • Ensures design compliance with ITER project requirements and other ITER systems interfacing with the UL and EW;
  • Monitors the final design development and prototype tests of the UL and EW;
  • Co-ordinates the development of the qualification and test programs of the UL/EW in parallel with the prototype tests, leading to a final qualification program associated with the manufacturing, assembly, installation and commissioning of the systems;
  • Provides the technical and project management support to the procuring DA, to ensure the scope delivery though design finalization, manufacture and testing of the UL and EW up to delivery;
  • Provides the technical inputs required for the installation and commissioning documentation preparation of the UL and EW;
  • Assists in the monitoring of Quality Programs associated with the sub-system procurements;
  • Provides assistance in the above activities for the Equatorial Launcher (EL) development and overall EC system development;
  • Ensures tasks schedule compliance with EC design and procurement milestones;
  • Implements the technical control of the Protection Important Activities, as well as their propagation to the entire supply chain;
  • May be requested to be part of any of the project/construction teams and to perform other duties in support of the project;
  • May be required to work outside ITER Organization reference working hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays.

Measures of Effectiveness

  • Achieves the development of the UL and EW final design and manufacturing as measured by the Annual Work Plan (AWP) and Strategic Management Plan (SMP) milestones;
  • Improves and updates documentation management, quality compliance, system integration associated with the UL and EW;
  • Manages the resources associated to the work scope and coordinates the activities ensuring that the interfaces and the integration of the PA scope is ensured;
  • Manages the procurement arrangement within the defined schedule and associated technical specifications and procedures, ensuring the UL and EW systems are compliant with ITER Organization (IO) requirements and Safety regulations;
  • Manages the inputs required for the installation and commissioning documentation of the UL and EW according to the project requirements, including schedule;
  • Ensure that the technical inputs are provided as required to the design and manufacturing supply team;
  • Maintains effective communication with the interfacing teams within ITER, Domestic agencies and with external contractors.

Experience & Profile

Professional Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience working as design engineer in the field of heating current drive systems or technical integration of complex mechanical systems.


  • Master degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering field or other relevant discipline;
  • The required education degree may be substituted by extensive professional experience involving similar work responsibilities and/or additional training certificates in relevant domains.

Language requirements:

  • Fluent in English (written and spoken);

Technical Competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • Mechanical engineering in areas such as remote handling, Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) environments, nuclear environments, or high heat flux components;
  • Thermal-mechanical applications including high thermal heat loads and optimized cooling configuration, engineering standards (for example: RCC-MR, SDC-IC, ASME, EN, ASTM), regulation compliances (such as European Directives) and quality management (for example: ISO 9000s, IAEA GS-R-3, ASME NQA-1);
  • Project management, including procurement and contracts: defining requirements, planning, measuring progress, managing risks, costs, and issues within the constraints of identified resources (human, financial) and schedule, prepares & executes contracts including sourcing activities and managing external partners;
  • Reporting on the project performance, status, issues and actions to the IO management;.
  • Quality management: knowledge of requirements for international quality standards (both management and product), methods and practices;
  • Interface management: Identify, resolve, and maintain technical and functional interfaces via collaboration with internal and/or external partners and stakeholders;
  • Technical writing and presentation: write and review technical documents, translate and share content and data with clarity and precision to stakeholders;
  • Analytical programming, CATIA, &ANSYS knowledge, and Microsoft applications;
  • Design and development of high power heating system(s) on an existing fusion device (Stellarator or Tokamak), with experience developing complex components in compliance with nuclear and safety requirements is highly beneficial;
  • Mechanical and spectral analysis is an advantage.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Collaborate: Ability to facilitate dialogue with a wide variety of contributors and stakeholders;
  • Communicate Effectively: Ability to adjust communication content and style to deliver messages to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Drive results: Ability to persist in the face of challenges to meet deadlines with high standards;
  • Manage Complexity: Ability to analyze multiple and diverse sources of information to define problems accurately before moving to proposals;
  • Instill trust: Ability to apply high standards of team mindset, trust, excellence, loyalty and integrity.

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