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Fuelling our cutting edge technology and energetic work environment is the fact that everyone at General Fusion wants to make a difference to the world. We’re focused on creating a practical approach to fusion power, and our workplace reflects that.

The pace is fast, teams are small and agile, and the work is stimulating. Though we’ve grown to become a cutting edge research facility, pragmatism is still at the core of what we do. Physicists, engineers, machinists and computer scientists work side by side to iterate designs, creatively overcome problems, and rapidly develop our technology.

What it’s Like to Work at General Fusion


If you can find a space in our bike room, you’ll discover an active and outgoing team of some of the brightest minds around. Morning coffee rides are as much part of the culture as the lunchtime conversations that inevitably require a whiteboard. We don’t have a foosball table, but strike a balance of lifestyle and benefits that make this a great place to work.

Current Job Postings

We are now accepting applications for the following positions:

DIRECTOR, PLASMA SIMULATION

Position Opportunity

General Fusion is actively developing full scale subsystems of its reactor to demonstrate that they can meet their performance targets. This includes full scale plasma injectors. Every step is matched with simulation to guide ongoing development work.

General Fusion invites applications for the position of Plasma Simulation Director. The candidate with relevant expertise will lead the development of simulations of the plasma physics relevant to tokamak plasmas, plasma compression techniques, plasma instabilities among others.

The Plasma Simulation Director will work closely with the technical leadership of General Fusion to specify plasma simulation tasks and to ensure those tasks are aligned with the rest of the development program. They will lead a variety of simulation projects related to the process of creating compact toroid (CT) plasmas, merging them to create spheromak or FRC targets, and compressing them to optimize fusion yield.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to and prioritizing and coordinating the work activities of General Fusion’s computational plasma scientists
  • Managing the plasma simulation team’s tasks, goals, milestones and deadlines
  • Further building the simulation team
  • Coordinating and integrating the efforts of external plasma simulation consultants, and joint research with Universities and National Labs.
  • Maintaining, and upgrading where necessary, General Fusion’s simulation software and computing resources
  • Ensuring best practices are continuously implemented

Qualifications

Candidates for this position must have:

  • Education: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in plasma physics, fluid mechanics, applied computer science or a closely related field.
  • Proven experience in leading a computational research team in plasma physics or hydrodynamics
  • Strong programming skills and a willingness to learn new methods
  • Experience in running code on parallel machines is essential
  • Familiarity with VAC, NIMROD and other fusion-related simulation codes is desired
  • Familiarity with experimental methods and electromagnetic theory

The work involved in this project combines a wide range of skill sets, and the Plasma Simulation Director will need to become familiar with the full scope of plasma development at General Fusion and understand how simulation relates to the broader experimental process. General Fusion seeks individuals who are self-motivated, have good communication skills and are comfortable with creative problem solving independently and within a group.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com. To apply you MUST be a citizen of the United States, or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, others need not apply. Please reference DIRSIM in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

PLASMA PHYSICIST

Opportunity

General Fusion is seeking experienced plasma physicists to contribute to the development of our magnetized target fusion (MTF) power plant. We are looking for individuals to aid in the analysis of our experimental campaigns, who can then use that information to develop models that compare experimental results with simulation and help inform the direction of future development.

General Fusion seeks individuals who are self-motivated, have good communication skills and can stay focused on goals while operating in a fast paced development environment. We welcome individuals who possess the drive required to work on difficult problems, are excited by alternative and innovative solutions and are comfortable with working both independently and within a group.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work under the Director of Plasma Development and, with the rest of the engineering and physics staff, to further the development of plasma targets for General Fusion’s power plant design.

The work involved in this project combines a wide range of skill sets, and each team member will need to become familiar with the full scope of the plasma development and understand how their work relates to that of the whole.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Analysis of data produced by experimental campaigns and reporting of results.
  • Relating the analysis to known plasma physics theory and simulation.
  • Using experimental results to inform further plasma technology development.
  • Diagnostic development

Qualifications

Qualified candidates possess a balance of strong plasma theory background and practical experimentation skills. Candidates for this position must have:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in plasma physics or a closely related field.
  • Strong background in research related to magnetic confinement of plasmas.
  • Strong grasp of plasma theory and ability to apply relevant theory to develop models ofthe experimental system as well as to contribute to technological innovations.
  • Practical experimentation skills.
  • Experience doing quantitative analysis in Igor, Matlab or similar programming environment.
  • Proven ability to work well within a team setting.

Additional consideration will be given to candidates who have experience in:

  • Magnetized Target Fusion.
  • Use of visible, VUV, or soft X-ray spectroscopy to analyze high temperature plasmas.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

Position Opportunity

General Fusion invites applications for the position of Research Technician.

General Fusion Inc. is pursuing a faster and more practical path to commercial fusion energy.  Fusion is a clean, safe, abundant and on-demand form of energy that, when harnessed, could provide a nearly unlimited source of power with zero CO2 emissions.  Backed by over $100 million in funding from a world class investor syndicate, the company’s goal is to transform the world’s energy supply and enable clean energy, everywhere, forever.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this position will have a positive attitude and a diverse, well-rounded set of skills that will allow them to:

  • Proactively contribute to a great work environment while championing safe work practices
  • Design and construct static mechanical jigs, fixtures, stands, brackets and holders using varied materials including: lumber, steel, plastic, aluminum, and extrusions
  • Specify and order parts and materials for shop projects
  • Assemble and troubleshoot mechanical, electro-mechanical, and pneumatic systems
  • Work with engineers to design, build, and execute small scale experiments, often involving the behavior of high pressure fluids
  • Operate, maintain, and continuously improve existing experimental apparatuses
  • Collect data, apply critical observation skills to results, take active role in interpreting results, and provide feedback for experiment plans
  • Work independently, while taking the initiative to gather information from engineering staff

Qualifications

  • An analytical thinker
  • Passion for:  science, learning, working with talented people, and a drive to get results
  • Strong multi-disciplinary technical skills – with demonstrated experience in diagnosing, repairing and solving system/equipment challenges
  • Well-developed, and demonstrated, shop skills using tools such as drills, angle grinders, skill saws, soldering irons, etc.
  • Experience and comfort working in a fast paced research and development environment
  • Hands-on interest in technology and electro-mechanical systems
  • Experience with electrical equipment, such as oscilloscopes, and computer applications such as MS Excel
  • It would be desirable to be fluent in SolidWorks

This role requires self-directed work that often is driven by employee initiative. The successful candidate will have the expertise to focus their attention on tasks that add value to the project at hand.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Technician” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Download a PDF version of this position description here

SENIOR SPECIALIST IN COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS

Opportunity

General Fusion is seeking a senior specialist in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to contribute to the development of our magnetized target fusion (MTF) power plant. The company is currently in the pre-conceptual engineering design phase. General Fusion’s technology is based on the compression of magnetized plasma targets using liquid metal liners. We are seeking a qualified candidate to assist in the modeling of the liquid metal compression system.

This job involves cutting edge science, and many aspects of this work are not well understood or studied. There is significant opportunity for discovery.

This position is located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Responsibilities

The primary role will be to develop relevant and accurate CFD models to assist with design and construction for a variety of components related to liquid metal plasma compression systems.

This role also will involve post processing modeling results and communicating them to the team in a clear and concise manner. This also requires soliciting and following up on technical feedback.

You will work closely with the engineering and science teams to determine component interactions, governing physics, and desired results. This involves taking ownership of the modeling results, ensuring that they meet the needs, in both fidelity, and confidence of the engineering team. Owning the results also means actively perusing experimental physical results, reconciling them with model outputs, and using them to better the fidelity of the models.

General Fusion is continuously expanding its simulation capabilities. A part of this role will be the evaluation of new techniques, software, and computer resources.

This is a technical position that includes both: performing engineering CFD simulations in a timely manner; and depending on the expertize of the candidate,  the opportunity to participate in R&D work such as code development, fundamental research, massively parallel simulations, and advanced post processing.

Work Experience & Educational Requirements

Candidates for this position must have:

  • A positive attitude and the ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Degree(s) in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics, Fluid mechanics, or computational sciences.
  • Strong experience with one or more of the following commercial codes: Fluent, CFX, OpenFOAM.
  • Strong understanding of CFD principles and the ability to apply them to practical problems.
  • Strong background in fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
  • Demonstrated experience doing CFD calculations, preferably in industry.
  • Experience with Linux/Unix.
  • Experience running and post processing simulations on medium and large parallel computers would be an asset.
  • Working with scalable cloud computing resources, such as AWS or Azure for HPC applications would also be a significant asset.
  • Experience with optimization techniques would also be an asset.
  • The ability to be an independent CFD resource on a multi-disciplinary team.

The work involved in this project combines a wide range of skill sets, and each team member will need to become familiar with the full scope of the plasma development and understand how their work relates to the whole. General Fusion seeks individuals who are self-motivated, have good communication skills and are comfortable with creative problem solving independently and within a group.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Computational Fluid Dynamics” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Download a PDF version of this position description here

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