VP Fusion Island Engineering

Kearny Point, NJ
Technology – Leadership Team /
Full-time /
Thea Energy is seeking an experienced, organized, and motivated VP Fusion Island Engineering to lead technical engineering and operations. This position will lead an interdisciplinary team to integrate numerous first-of-a-kind technologies while developing scalable processes and procedures. The VP Fusion Island Engineering will be responsible for managing requirements, integration, and interfaces for one of the most consequential and cutting-edge technologies of our generation - fusion energy. 
The Thea Energy team is comprised of self-motivated, innovative, and collaborative individuals with an excitement for solving complex problems. This is a challenging position that requires a high degree of autonomy, and the ideal candidate must be able to move quickly. A proven track record of leading systems engineering, excellent communication skills, and a passion for new technologies and innovation is required. 

Key Responsibility Areas:

    • Build and lead a team of engineers and scientists to deliver first of a kind fusion technology project 
    • Work with Thea Energy leadership to ensure that the Company’s integrated stellarator prototype fulfills its mission and aligns withstakeholder requirements 
    • Drive strategic initiatives and tactical actions that deliver results to improve program cost and schedule performance. Ensure program milestones and performance goals are achieved 
    • Interface the system design with other areas of the Company, including R&D, project management, procurement, finance & operations, etc. 
    • Plan and execute a design that proceeds at risk with incomplete information 
    • Collaborate with R&D teams to transfer know-how and tools developed 

Ideal Experience & Skillsets:

    • Bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering field or higher 
    • 10+ years of relevant experience 
    • Proven experience integrating large industrial and /or first-of-a-kind R&D projects (e.g. power plants, manufacturing facilities, particle accelerators, etc.) 
    • Built and led teamsof engineers in complex, interdisciplinary projects 
    • Experience across mechanical, electrical, and fluid systems 
    • Experience with cryogenic, heating, fluid, vacuum, power electronics, and control systems  
    • Ability to build, test, troubleshoot, and scale complex mechanical and electrical systems 
    • Leadership of engineering, technical, and scientific teams 
    • Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills 
    • Ability to innovate, execute, and flourish in a fast-paced environment 
    • Exceptional work ethic 
    • Prioritization of safety above all else 
    • Ability to wear many different hats 
    • Team player who is excited to help others 

Company Benefits:

    • Competitive salary 
    • Comprehensive health benefits (e.g. medical/dental/vision) 
    • Employee equity stock options 
    • Open vacation policies 
    • Work-life balance 
It’s not necessary to meet all of the skillsets outlined above. Please feel free to send us a note and tell us why you would still be a great fit for this role or Thea Energy. 
Diversity and Inclusion: 
Thea Energy is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a company of diverse backgrounds. By creating a diverse environment, we will bring new ideas and approaches to solving some of the world’s hardest (and most important) problems. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, family or marital status, age, disability, veteran’s status, or other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.