Tokamak Vessel Conditioning Systems Lead

Cambridge, MA /
SPARC Team – Tokamak Interfacing 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.

SPARC’s Tokamak Interfacing Systems group seeks a Lead Engineer to design and manage the Tokamak Vessel Conditioning Systems. These systems condition the SPARC tokamak for plasma operations and include the systems required to heat and cool the device, as well as condition the vessel walls for plasma operations. The Tokamak Vessel Conditioning (TVC) Systems Lead will conduct and manage the design of these system, including the coordination of designs, and preparation of specifications, calculations, procedures, and the documentation necessary to construct, manufacture, install, commission, start-up and operate the Tokamak Vessel Conditioning Systems.

This team member will:

    • Coordinate the integration of the Tokamak Vessel Conditioning Systems within SPARC device and facility
    • Lead the design of the vessel heating and cooling system, a gas-based process
    • Conduct process simulations, calculations, and analysis of the vessel heating and cooling system(s)
    • Size and select industrial process equipment including rotating machinery, heat exchangers, & pumps
    • Facilitate the design of other tokamak conditioning systems: diborane based boronization system, and DC glow discharge conditioning 
    • Contribute to the research, development, and design of the Tokamak Vessel Conditioning Systems
    • Delegate work to a team to design, analyze, draw, document, procure, install, commission, and start-up the Tokamak Vessel Conditioning System
    • Develop complex workflows for the design and analysis of unconventional systems
    • Determine the work activities and milestones necessary to meet the objectives of the SPARC project
    • Develop and manage a budget and schedule to ensure the identified work activities are completed on time and on budget
    • This role will be responsible for managing the TVC team

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

    • Bachelor's Degree in a relevant engineering field (e.g., process, chemical, mechanical, etc.) or equivalent
    • Experience with the design, development, construction, and operation of complex industrial system
    • Experience with process simulation software such as AVEVA, HYSYS, AspenTech, etc.
    • Professional Engineering License (is preferred)
    • Experience with large rotating equipment (is preferred)
    • Experience with other industrial equipment (is preferred)
    • Experience with complex, large, piping systems (is preferred)
    • Experience working with hazardous (toxic and pyrophoric) gases (is preferred)
    • Experience working with DC power electronics is considered a strong asset (is preferred)

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

    • ASME BPV Code
    • ASME B31 Series
    • API Standard 619 
    • TEMA Heat Exchangers
    • API 521, Overpressure protection
    • HAZOP, Safety / Risk Analysis
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs occasionally
    • Perform activities such as typing and sitting for extended periods of team
    • Withstand exposure to heat, noise, and strong magnets
    • Willing to occasionally travel or work 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.