Brief: Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), an MIT spinout pursuing the fastest, surest way to clean, limitless fusion energy, is looking for an early-career structural engineer to contribute to the design of magnet structural systems.
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 the following role:
A new class of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) allows for building superconducting magnets at unprecedented magnetic fields and is the enabling technology for CFS to build smaller, economic fusion energy systems. However, creating high magnetic fields in a compact system requires designing and building structures at the limits of engineering. The Structural Engineer 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 and analyze novel solutions to complex structural problems;
interface with vendors and partners to ensure manufacturing feasibility of designs;
identify and help execute enabling R&D; and
contribute to both tokamak R&D as well as spin-out technologies.
The ideal candidate will have:
solid knowledge of the fundamentals of computational structural mechanics;
a high proficiency for modern CAD and FEA tools (preferably Solid Edge and COMSOL);
experience with systems at the limits of engineering (e.g., plastic analysis, indeterminate structures, advanced materials, etc.);
eagerness to learn magnet structural engineering from leaders in the field;
a bachelor’s degree in a related engineering field (e.g., mechanical or civil engineering);
the skill to clearly express and critique ideas;
a value for elegance and simplicity over complexity;
a drive towards commercially-viable solutions; and
the desire to work in a fast-paced, startup R&D environment.
If you share our mission and believe you are a good fit for this position, please do apply.
About Commonwealth Fusion Systens
Commonwealth Fusion Systems is pursuing the fastest, surest path to clean, limitless fusion energy; CFS is a recent spin-out of MIT and is well-funded by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, The Engine, Eni, and others.