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Power Supply Engineer

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 this role.

Brief:

The SPARC tokamak will have a large pulsed power system to operate the superconducting magnets, requiring ~300 megawatts of power at a few kilovolts and tens of kiloamps for up to 30 seconds. We're looking for an early-/mid-career engineer with experience in large-scale power supplies to help with the design, procurement, commissioning, and operation of our magnet power supplies.

This team member 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;    
  • report to the SPARC Head of Electrical Engineering;
  • lead the design of the SPARC magnet power supplies;
  • work with magnet engineerings and plasma physicists on setting the power supply specifications;
  • interface with vendors to ensure that they can deliver power supplies that meet SPARC requirements; and
  • attend and participate in meetings where design progress is discussed, iterated, and updated.

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

  • at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering field (e.g., electrical);
  • experience with power systems of at least the class: ~1 kV, ~10 kA, ~10 s (e.g., thyristor rectifiers used as power supplies for smelters, electromagnets, electrochemical processing, traction, etc.);
  • familiarity in applying IEEE standards to design solutions;
  • exceptional attention to detail;
  • experience with industry standard electrical design tools;
  • familiarity with computer-based analysis of electrical systems;
  • a professional engineer license is preferred, but not required;
  • an ability to clearly express and critique ideas;
  • an emphasis on elegance and simplicity over complexity; and
  • a drive towards commercially viable solutions.

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.

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