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Magnet Applications Engineer

Brief: Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), an MIT spinout pursuing the fastest, surest way to clean, limitless fusion energy, is looking for an exceptional Applications Engineer to direct the engineering execution of superconducting magnet products and their delivery to customers.

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:

Magnet Applications Engineer

High temperature superconductors not only form the basis of our high-field path to fusion energy, they are also useful in a wide variety of other magnet applications. As part of our magnet R&D, CFS is actively pursuing opportunities outside the fusion field. The Magnet Applications Engineer will:

  • serve as the technical customer interface in use of high-field superconducting magnets, translating their needs into specifications that our team can build;
  • create project plans, complete with timelines and milestones for delivery, and communicate those milestones both internally and externally, with a focus on driving delivery;
  • 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;
  • lead teams through magnet system development and production projects;
  • support customers in their use of magnets;
  • work with CFS business development to identify magnet applications and potential customers; and
  • identify sources of non-dilutive funding for magnet projects and lead the application process for grants.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • strong mechanical engineering aptitude and the ability to quickly learn various aspects of superconducting magnet technologies;
  • the ability to organize a complex technical project and drive a multi-functional team to deliver on schedule;
  • skill in building and maintaining customer relationships; proficiency in translating ambiguous customer needs into well-defined system requirements;
  • the skill to clearly express and critique ideas;
  • a drive towards commercially-viable solutions;
  • a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related area, 3-10 years of relevant work experience; 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 send a cover letter and resume to