Power, Instrumentation, and Control Engineer

  • Commonwealth Fusion Systems
  • Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Jan 05, 2019

Job Description

Brief: Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), an MIT spinout pursuing the fastest, surest way to clean, limitless fusion energy, is looking for an engineer broadly skilled in designing, building, and operating power, instrumentation, and control systems for superconducting magnets.

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:

Power, Instrumentation, and Control Engineer

Power, instrumentation, and control systems are crucial systems for safe, reliable operation of superconducting magnets. The Power, Instrumentation, and Control 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 (PSFC);
  • contribute to power, instrumentation, and control engineering work on research magnets at the PSFC;
  • lead power, instrumentation, and control engineering, design, and operation of production magnets at CFS; and
  • produce world-class superconducting magnet systems.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • designed, built, and operated a variety of power supply, instrumentation, and control systems for pulsed and DC magnets, preferably in cryogenic environments with superconducting magnets;
  • implemented quench detection and protection systems;
  • at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering field;
  • skill in modern computational design and engineering tools;
  • taken projects from conceptual design to completion;
  • a commitment to safety and quality;
  • 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.

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