Research Engineer

  • Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS)
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Jan 09, 2021

Job Description

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) is the surest path to limitless, clean fusion energy. Our mission is to enable world-wide clean energy for everyone, creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations. We have created a credible path to an operating fusion power plant in 15 years which leverages our novel collaboration with MIT and funding from strategic and financial investors who share our vision. This begins by developing a new class of high-field superconducting magnets that will enable the SPARC tokamak to demonstrate net energy from fusion for the first time. To execute this plan, we are now looking to add talented people to the team who are mission-driven and treat people well, improve our team by adding diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits, and have skillsets and experience that relate to this role.
The SPARC tokamak will be a cutting-edge engineering system, pushing the forefront of superconducting magnet technology. There are a number of diverse subsystems, spanning many domains of physics and engineering, that require proof-of-concept demonstrations during the design and initial construction phase. The small fast-paced R&D team’s mission at CFS is to vet potential technical solutions quickly in order to guide the overall SPARC subsystem design. CFS is looking for a Research Engineer to join the R&D team to assist in developing these demos, as well as customer-facing products. All of these systems will demand high fidelity, robust and reliable data and control systems.

This team member will:

  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and physicists as part of collaborative sponsored research projects at CFS and the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
  • Work with small engineering teams through the design, procurement, fabrication, commissioning, and demonstration of prototype engineering subsystems and customer-facing magnet products
  • Report on progress to the R&D Project Managers
  • Work with the rest of the project management team on maintaining standard project documentation and controls
  • Emphasizes elegance and simplicity over complexity

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • At least a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, physics or another related engineering field with significant hands-on laboratory experience
  • Demonstrated track record of successful project deployment with impeccable attention to detail and documentation
  • Skilled programming in a scripting language for data analysis, preparing figures for reports, and interfacing hardware & equipment (e.g. Python, LabVIEW)
  • Circuit design and fabrication, instrumentation selection and implementation, harness design and documentation, complex systems integration and documentation, PCB layout
  • An ability to clearly express, present, and critique ideas
CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.
At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.

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