Head of Tokamak Interfacing Systems

Cambridge, MA /
SPARC – Tokamak /
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.

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. Lead the Tokamak Interfacing Systems, which includes Diagnostics, Feedthrough, Vacuum, Fuelling, Vessel Heating and Cooling, Cryo Plant and Distribution, for the SPARC tokamak.

This team member will:

    • Coordinate the integration of the Tokamak Interfacing Systems with the rest of SPARC.
    • Delegate work to responsible systems engineers, technical leads, deputies, and team members to design, conduct analysis, procure, plan installation and commissioning of the Tokamak Interfacing Systems.
    • Maintains interfaces within the systems in scope and with other SPARC systems.
    • Resolve resource priorities within Tokamak Interfacing Systems in consultation with stakeholders
    • Work with the SPARC management team to identify and tackle common management issues
    • Ensure the quality, consistency, accuracy, technical adequacy, completeness, and overall acceptability of all of the Technical Baseline documents and data sets related to Tokamak Interfacing Systems
    • Develop and manage a schedule to ensure the identified work activities are completed on time and on budget.
    • Provide support for Construction, startup, and eventual operation of the tokamak interfacing systems.
    • Contribute to the Research and Development program associated with the design work
    • Ensure key decisions are identified, managed, and closed out expeditiously.
    • Identify and manage risks as part of the overall risk management program.
    • This position will require extended periods of time spent sitting and typing. It will also have regular exposure to cold, noise, electricity, chemicals and strong magnets. Occasional travel may be required. Conditions may change as the position evolves.

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

    • Bachelor's Degree in a relevant engineering field (e.g., mechanical, physics, materials)
    • A Masters or PhD degree is preferred.
    • Familiar with 3D modeling, experience with NX, AVEVA is preferred.
    • Professional Engineering License is preferred.
    • Led a small team of skilled, engineers through at least one design, build, and commissioning cycle of a multidisciplinary mechanical system with multiple, tightly-integrated subsystems (e.g., like those in aerospace/rockets, formula 1 and other high-performance racing, complex industrial plants, etc.)
    • Experience with design codes (e.g.: ASME, AISC, ACI)
    • Familiar with working within a formal Quality Management program.
    • Strong leadership abilities, experience building teams, and a talent for inspiring collaboration and execution.
    • An exceptional safety record and attention to detail.
    • Familiarity with at least some of the following technical areas: cryogenics, high vacuum, gas processing, instrumentation in harsh environments 
    • 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 while delivering projects on time and within budget.
    • 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.