Vacuum Systems 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.

The SPARC tokamak will have both a vacuum chamber to maintain the fusion plasma as well as a cryostat vacuum to insulate the superconducting magnets. These vacuum systems will require both a variety of vacuum pumps as well as numerous all-metal vacuum seals. The SPARC vacuum system provides an extra challenge in that it must act as the primary containment of the tritium fusion fuel.

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 (PSFC);
    • lead the of vacuum systems and components for the SPARC tokamak;
    • ensure the design is completed to industry standards;
    • work with vendors to identify components for the vacuum systems; and
    • report on and be accountable for project progress to the SPARC Head Mechanical Engineer.

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

    • designed, built, and operated large-scale vacuum systems;
    • experience with a variety of vacuum pumping, vacuum measurement, and leak detection technologies;
    • knowledge of both analytic as well as computational analysis methods for vacuum systems;
    • an exceptional safety record and attention to detail;
    • at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering or science field;
    • a minimum of 5 years of experience in vacuum systems;
    • a familiarity with tritium, or similar gasses, issues in vacuum systems is a strong plus;
    • 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.