Materials Qualification Engineer

Cambridge, MA
Tokamak Team
CFS’ mission is to enable world-wide clean energy for everyone, creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations. We’ve 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 & 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.

Cryogenic and elevated temperatures, high-magnetic fields, high-voltage, vacuum, and other operating conditions impose unique requirements on nearly every component in SPARC. Measurement and documentation that all fabricated and purchased components and subsystems meet necessary requirements will be an integral part of SPARC manufacturing and assembly.

This team member will be responsible for:

    • work within a multi-disciplinary and proven team of top MIT physicists and engineers as part of sponsored research projects in collaboration with the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC);
    • lead QA/QC inspection, measurement, and documentation on multiple projects and closely work with design and manufacturing teams on each project;
    • lead mechanical, thermal, and electrical testing and qualification of raw material through utilization of in-house and outside testing resources; and
    • document all qualification data and make it accessible to design and engineering teams.

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

    • experience performing mechanical, thermal, and electrical testing at cryogenic, ambient, and elevated temperatures and knowledge of governing testing standards;
    • an understanding of materials science and the processing-structure-property-performance relationships for engineering materials used in high-temperature superconducting magnets;
    • prior experience using, preferably managing, materials information technology platforms to store data, distribute data, and link materials qualification data to fabricated components;
    • a process-driven approach;
    • an ability to clearly express and critique ideas;
    • an emphasis on elegance and simplicity over complexity; and
    • a drive towards commercially viable solutions.
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.