Magnet Systems Engineer

Cambridge, MA /
R&D 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.

The SPARC tokamak will require engineering complex integrated systems at the limits of materials performance and capabilities. Modern materials, manufacturing, and design tools open a new engineering space that was previously inaccessible. 

This team member will:

    • work within a multi-disciplinary team of physicists and engineers as part of collaborative sponsored research projects at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center;
    • design superconducting magnet systems at the limits of engineering;
    • explore use of innovative materials and magnet geometry to maximize performance;
    • identify, plan, and execute enabling R&D, working with experimentalists to validate simulations;
    • develop novel solutions to complex, integrated problems;
    • attend and participate in meetings where design progress is discussed, iterated, and updated; and
    • be responsible for supporting both the tokamak R&D with MIT as well as development of spin-out technologies at CFS

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

    • at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering field (e.g., mechanical);
    • skill in designing superconducting magnet systems;
    • detailed knowledge of material parameters at cryogenic temperatures and in high magnetic fields;
    • designed and contributed to the successful construction and operation of high-field magnet systems;
    • experience with modern simulation and design tools;
    • an ability to clearly express and critique ideas;
    • an emphasis on elegance and simplicity over complexity;
    • a drive towards commercially viable solutions;
    • a history of thriving in fast-paced, dynamic environments; and
    • values that align with our company’s values of integrity, execution, impact, and self-critique.
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.