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F4E Traineeship Call: Join Us in Safeguarding the Future of Fusion Research

Fusion for Energy (F4E) is excited to announce the opening of applications for our Traineeship Scheme, a vital component in ensuring the continued success and sustainability of fusion research. With offices in Barcelona (Spain), Cadarache (France), and Garching (Germany), F4E is seeking passionate individuals to contribute to our mission while preserving the inter-generational dimension of our work.

Why F4E?

Are you eager to embark on a journey in a stimulating, multicultural environment? Do you envision yourself playing a crucial role in shaping the future of sustainable energy? Join us at F4E and be part of a global effort to unlock the potential of fusion as a clean energy source.

The Significance of Trainees

Trainees play a pivotal role in safeguarding the inter-generational dimension of our work in fusion research. By bridging the gap between experienced professionals and the next generation of innovators, trainees ensure the transfer of knowledge, expertise, and passion for fusion energy across time and generations.

About the Traineeship Scheme

F4E’s Traineeship Scheme offers recent graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in technical and support areas while contributing to our groundbreaking projects. As a trainee, you will be immersed in a dynamic work environment, collaborating with experts, and acquiring skills essential for your professional growth.

Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

F4E is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. We encourage applications from individuals of all genders, nationalities, and abilities.


Your Impact

As a trainee at F4E, you will have the chance to make a meaningful impact on our projects and initiatives. Under the guidance of experienced mentors, you will contribute to the advancement of fusion research while developing your skills and expertise in your chosen field.

What We Offer

Joining F4E means becoming part of a vibrant community dedicated to excellence in fusion research. Whether you’re stationed in Barcelona, Cadarache, or Garching, you’ll enjoy a supportive work environment, competitive benefits, and opportunities for professional development.

Minimum 6 to maximum 12 months, with the possibility of renewal. 

The selected trainees receive a monthly grant according to the cost-of-living of each location as follows:

  • € 1 206.36 Euros if assigned to Barcelona,
  • € 1 501.96 Euros if assigned to Cadarache, and
  • € 1 420.53 Euros if assigned to Garching.

A fixed amount for travel expenses is paid at the beginning and at the end of the traineeship. In addition, you will enjoy two days of annual leave/month of traineeship contract as well as +/- 18 statutory public holidays per annum. You will also have the possibility to telework from the place you are assigned to.  For more information on benefits and working conditions, please consult the Decision of the Director of ‘Fusion for Energy¨ on rules governing the traineeship scheme.

Additional advantages – Flexible work and possibility to travel
As an F4E trainee, you have the option to telework from your designated working location, although we do value some in-office time – a minimum of two days per week is mandatory.

In addition, together with other colleagues, you may be requested to travel for work to meet with our stakeholders.

Selection Process

Candidates will undergo a rigorous selection process based on eligibility criteria and competencies. We are committed to ensuring a fair and transparent selection process, with a focus on identifying candidates who demonstrate the potential to excel in their roles and contribute to our mission.

The traineeship is open to EU candidates and candidates with Ukrainian nationality.

A trainee position is offered based on F4E’s business needs and budget availability.


Steps of the selection procedure

  • Candidates must create a new user account to apply, as accounts created for previous traineeship calls are no longer valid.
  • Candidates apply electronically via the link provided below to our online recruitment tool and select a maximum of two profiles in order of preference. Once submitted, candidates can not update their applications. However, they can withdraw them at any time until the closure of the Call.
  • When applying, upload your CV and motivation letter with the following wording: SURNAME_Name_CV, SURNAME_Name_ML
  • Applications are screened against the eligibility criteria defined in the Traineeship Call.
  • Eligible candidates will be screened based on the candidates’ indicated preferences and competencies. F4E may also use online tools to assess specific skills of the eligible candidates with the aim to create a shortlist of candidates.
  • Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo a further assessment (e.g. telephone/online interview, recorded video interview, online test) to evaluate their suitability for the role and discuss mutual expectations or will be directly contacted for an interview.
  • During the interview, candidates will receive the information on the tasks and the place of traineeship Barcelona (ES), Cadarache (FR) or Garching (DE). Most positions will be assigned to Barcelona.
  • After the interview, candidates will be notified if they are selected, rejected, or placed on a reserve list for future positions.
  • Successful candidates will receive a traineeship offer, stating the starting date, the team in which they will be placed, the duration of the traineeship and the list of documents to be submitted before the start date.

F4E plans to welcome trainees in October 2024 according to availability and business needs.

Please note that F4E teams may contact trainees placed in a reserve list at any time during the traineeship period, either due to last minute withdrawal of the candidate or early termination of a traineeship.

For more information on the conditions of the traineeship scheme, you can consult the ‘Decision of the Director of ´Fusion for Energy´ on rules governing the traineeship scheme.

If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact us at

Please note that Annex I to this call of expressions of interest represents an integral part of this call and should be consulted before completing the on-line application form.

What are the selection requirements?

You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:

I.Eligibility criteria

  • To be national of a Member State of the European Union. This call is also open to candidates from Ukraine.
  • Have obtained a university degree (attested by a diploma) of at least three years by the closing date of applications (See Annex I for the minimum national qualifications).
  • Have a good knowledge of English, minimum level B2 according to Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).
  • Have never been a trainee (paid or unpaid) and/or have never had any other kind of employment in any European Institution before.


II.Selection criteria

1.Experience and knowledge

  • Knowledge in an area relating to the activities of F4E.


  • Working with others: ability to establish and maintain good relationships with team members, to demonstrate willingness to learn about and from others and to continually demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
  • Planning work for results: ability to deliver work on time, to deliver added value to the service and to identify and organise resources needed to efficiently accomplish own work.
  • Manage projects: ability to manage time, resources, and information in an effective manner for the achievement of the expected project results.
  • Ability to think outside the box, adopt the changes needed to produce workable solutions and to seek and suggest effective initiatives for change.

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Join Us in Shaping the Future of Fusion Research!

At F4E, we believe that fusion energy holds the key to a sustainable future for our planet. By joining our Traineeship Scheme, you’ll be part of a global effort to unlock the potential of fusion as a clean, abundant, and reliable source of energy. Apply now and be part of our mission to safeguard the future of fusion research.

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As a Trainee at Fusion for Energy, you get to contribute to an incredible European Project and learn from highly experienced (and very friendly) European Public Officers. You get given considerable responsibility over your own projects and quickly develop insight into what it is like to work for the European Union.

Maria , Commercial Department

I was proud to be involved in such a unique project aimed at creating a better future for our planet. I experienced the international environment of the ITER worksite and saw the progress up close. I learned a lot about construction law and contracts, and as a bonus I have been introduced into the world of engineering as well.

Anni, Administration

F4E Traineeships are a unique opportunity to get involved in the most advanced energetic project ever. Definitely, a five-star learning experience for any recent engineering graduate.

David, Antennas & Plasma Engineering Unit

This traineeship was a great opportunity for me to get involved in a multifaceted HR role in a multinational EU agency. I acquired knowledge on HR tasks and processes according to the EU regulations applied to an EU setting. This experience gave me the chance to work in a friendly working environment and develop myself personally and professionally

Marianthi , Administration

This traineeship represented a good balance between learning and working: I got the chance to learn so much in my field of interest, while also being given responsibilities and tasks to actively contribute to my team accomplishments!

Stefania, Office of Director

I think that the traineeship is a good experience to grow up and to know the research world. It’s an opportunity to relate with other countries. The colleagues are friendly, helpful and patient to teach different skills and they considered me an equal member of the group from the first day.

Valeria , Test Blanket Module team

Joining the F4E team has been an incredible experience from start to finish. I arrived here with an image in mind of how an European agency looks like in terms of professional experience and networking, but looking back, nothing matches my initial expectations, and that is the best thing about it.

Doris, Commercial Department