SPARC Diagnostics Team Lead

Cambridge, MA /
SPARC Team – Tokamak Systems /
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 successful production of a net energy fusion plasma in SPARC will require a specialized set of tokamak diagnostics in order to control and evaluate the performance of the plasma.  The SPARC Diagnostics Team Lead will lead the team of physicists and engineers designing, building, and operating these diagnostics for the world’s first net-energy fusion plasma.  The Team Lead will manage the budget and schedule for the diagnostics team and coordinate the design of diagnostics with various other SPARC systems.

This team member will:

    • Lead the tokamak diagnostics team, delegating tasks and responsibilities to team members
    • Manage the schedule and budget for the tokamak diagnostics sub-systems
    • Write and review documentation regarding the design and operation of SPARC diagnostics
    • Manage diagnostic R&D efforts and contracts with vendors
    • Oversee the assembly, installation, and commissioning of diagnostics into the SPARC tokamak
    • Ensure that the SPARC diagnostic set meets the SPARC mission on schedule and on budget
    • Prepare for, operate, and analyze data from SPARC in order to produce and learn from the world’s first net energy fusion plasma
    • Organize efforts to develop diagnostics for ARC and later generations of fusion power plants
    • Have supervisory responsibilities as all Tokamak Diagnostic Technical Leads and dedicated diagnostic engineers will report to this position

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

    • A PhD in plasma physics or a closely related field 
    • Experience working with and/or operating magnetic confinement plasma devices (ideally tokamaks, but including other devices such as stellarators, RFPs, FRCs, spheromaks, etc.);
    • General knowledge of different diagnostic techniques used in plasma and fusion devices, including, but not limited to: magnetics, temperature sensors, interferometry, Thomson Scattering, neutron counters, bolometry, spectroscopy, and reflectometry
    • Experience with designing and building plasma diagnostic hardware
    • Demonstrated leadership ability
    • Experience managing teams of physicists and engineers (preferred)
    • Familiarity with 3D modeling tools, such as NX or AVEVA (preferred)
    • Familiarity with engineering documentation, such as PFDs, P&IDs, and mechanical drawings (preferred)

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

    • Ability to perform activities such as typing and sitting for extended periods of time
    • Willingness to occasionally travel for required nights/weekends/on-call
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.