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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:

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.

Controls/Software Engineer

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Controls/Software Engineer who will be responsible for providing controls and data acquisition solutions and support for the hardware and software used on General Fusion’s plasma injector test beds.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Providing support for the control and data acquisition systems for General Fusion’s plasma injector test beds including system maintenance, implementing operator requests and codebase preservation
  • Driving continuous improvement in General Fusion’s control and data acquisition systems including developing new system features, standards and best practices across all test beds
  • Supporting the analysis tools and pipelines used to acquire and process raw data, including integrating the controls systems and data acquisition system with these pipelines , and developing new features as required

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Experience with control systems and automation using high speed digital electronics
  • Experience with customizing and automating data analysis tools

Preferred:

  • Experience with LabVIEW
  • Experience with standard data analysis and scientific programming software tools

Education:

  • Bachelor’s or Technologist degree in electrical engineering, software engineering, computer science, or engineering physics.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-02” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Senior Mechanical Engineer who will be responsible for providing designing and developing complex mechanical systems both directly for and in support of General Fusion’s Fusion Demonstration Plant. This work will focus on mechanical design of large structural and dynamic components including analysis, component design and designing for manufacturing.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Interfacing with internal stakeholders to help develop system requirements
  • Identifying areas of design risk and recommend mitigation strategies
  • Working with other system owners to make trade-offs that are best for the program
  • Identifying external resources for design support and developing design specifications for them to work with.
  • Mechanical design
  • Reviewing the design work from internal and external sources
  • Advising and mentoring junior design staff
  • Identifying aspects of the design that can be accomplished with conventional designs and off-the-shelf components
  • Interfacing with suppliers and partners to identify suitable parts & fabrication processes
  • Creating tests to verify that designed elements satisfy their requirements; ensure the elements include features necessary to conduct these tests

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 15+ years’ experience in mechanical design.
  • Extensive experience in the designing, building and commissioning of custom mechanical systems
  • Mechanical aptitude and a willingness to work hands-on with the components of the design
  • Flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment
  • Experience with integrated multidisciplined designs
  • Experience delivering designs that are proven to meet a formal set of requirements

Preferred:

  • Experience in complex static and dynamic (impulse) stress analysis, using both analytical and finite element methods
  • Experience with the design of high pressure gas systems
  • Experience with the certification of high pressure gas components
  • Experience with the design of large rotating equipment
    • Experience with large bearings
    • Experience with dynamic seals
  • Experience with the design of high vacuum components
  • Experience in the design and development of large scale one of a kind prototypes
  • Experience designing systems to manage impulse loads
  • Experience designing for large thermal gradients
  • Experience with liquid metals

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Physics (with mechanical specialization) is a minimum requirement.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-03” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Mechanical Engineer

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Mechanical Engineer who will work as part of the team in the development of General Fusion’s Fusion Demonstration Plant. The work will focus on mechanical design of components both directly for and in support of the Fusion Demonstration Plant.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Performing in depth analysis of mechanical systems and components to validate the design
  • Mechanical design
  • Working with partners and suppliers in the design of key systems and components
  • Using finite element simulations for design and risk mitigation
  • Work as part of a larger design team to develop the design for the pre-commercial fusion power prototype

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 5+ years’ experience in mechanical design
  • Strong knowledge of engineering statics and dynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  • Extensive experience with CFD and FEA analysis
  • Mechanical aptitude and a willingness to work hands-on with the components of the design
  • Flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing work environment

Preferred:

  • Experience with Ansys Mechanical and Ansys Fluent
  • Experience in the analysis of fluid/structural interactions
  • Experience with modeling transient responses in complex mechanical systems and structures
  • Experience in designing prototypes in a research and development setting
  • Experience with the design of high-pressure gas systems
  • Good knowledge of Solidworks

Education:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Physics (with mechanical specialization).

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-04” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 

Computational Fluid Dynamics Researcher

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Computational Fluid Dynamics Researcher who will develop relevant and accurate CFD models to assist with design and construction of a variety of components related to liquid metal plasma compression systems. The successful candidate will work closely with the engineering and science teams to determine component interactions, governing physics, and desired results. This will involve taking ownership of the modeling results, ensuring that they meet the needs, in both fidelity and confidence, of the engineering team. It is also expected that the candidate will actively reconcile modeling with experiential results and test cases.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing CFD models of General Fusion’s compression system in a timely manner
  • Expanding models to include magnetohydrodynamic effects on conductive liquids, with free surfaces, due to un-steady magnetic fields
  • Post processing modeling results and communicating them to the team in a clear and concise manner
  • Soliciting and following up on technical feedback
  • Reconciling model outputs with physical results from relevant experimental test beds and using them to improve the fidelity of the models
  • Depending on the expertise of the candidate, the opportunity to participate in R&D work such as code development, fundamental research, massively parallel simulations, and advanced post processing

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 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
  • Ability to be an independent CFD resource on a multi-disciplinary team
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Preferred:

  • Experience with scalable cloud computing resources, such as AWS or Azure for HPC applications
  • Experience with optimization techniques

Education:

  • Ph.D. or Masters’ degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics, Fluid mechanics, or computational sciences is preferred.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-05” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 

Computational Plasma Physicist

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Computational Plasma Physicist who will help develop relevant and accurate computational models of the plasma dynamics in General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) compression architecture. The work will involve incorporating new physical effects into existing code or developing and testing new code. The successful candidate should also be familiar with computational and numerical methods in areas outside of plasma physics, including computational fluid dynamics.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the engineering and science teams to develop models that are supported by the governing physics
  • Modeling component interactions and accurately predicting physical results
  • Taking ownership of the modeling results, ensuring that they meet the needs, in both fidelity and confidence, of the engineering team
  • Actively reconciling model results with experimental physical results and using them to improve the fidelity of the models
  • Evaluating new techniques, software, and computer resources

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Computational research experience in plasma physics or magnetohydrodynamics in a Linux/Unix environment
  • Strong programming skills and a willingness to learn new methods
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Preferred:

  • Experience running code on parallel machines
  • Familiarity with MHD codes such as VAC or NIMROD
  • Familiarity with MATLAB or Python
  • Familiarity with experimental methods and electromagnetic theory

Education:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in plasma physics, fluid mechanics, or a closely related field.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-06” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 

Compression Systems Test Engineer

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Compression Systems Test Engineer who will support the development, design, integration, commissioning and operation of key test beds within the Compression Systems team. The successful candidate will have a strong multi-disciplinary skill set, centered around the design and integration of mechanical systems.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Testing prototype piston and fluidic systems
  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
  • Communicating experimental results
  • Designing of experiments
  • Working with design engineers on the specifications and design of test prototypes

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 2 to 5 years’ experience in mechanical design
  • Good CAD/CAM (SolidWorks) knowledge
  • Rooted understanding of the experimental method
  • Firm grasp of engineering and physics fundamentals
  • Strong mechanical aptitude

Preferred:

  • Experience in a research and development environment
  • Experience with pressurized liquid or gas systems
  • General laboratory safety training
  • Experience working with LabVIEW software
  • Experience with diagnostic measurement techniques such as:
    • high frame rate video
    • pressure sensing
    • position and velocity sensing

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, engineering physics or equivalent is preferred.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-07” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

 

Experimental Plasma Physicist, Radiation Diagnostics

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Experimental Plasma Physicist, Radiation Diagnostics who will be responsible for developing diagnostics for magnetically confined high-temperature plasmas, with a focus on diagnostics that measure x-ray, VUV and visible light. The ideal candidate will be capable of designing, developing and implementing these diagnostics, as well as analyzing & interpreting their results.

The qualified candidate is results focused and has a strong background in experimental plasma physics and fusion research. He/she will work under the Director of Diagnostics and Control Systems, and with the rest of the engineering and physics staff, to further the development of plasma targets for General Fusion’s power plant design.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assessing and recommending the basis of diagnostic systems that can measure radiative losses from General Fusion’s Compact Toroid (CT) plasmas within the requirements set by Applied Physics team
  • Developing new diagnostic systems for plasma experiments including hardware design, and assembly, installation and integration of the system with General Fusion’s plasma test beds
  • Processing of the data from the diagnostic systems and interpreting and reporting the results
  • Relating the analysis to known plasma physics theory and simulation
  • Using experimental results to inform further diagnostic system development

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Strong background in diagnostics for magnetically confined high-temperature plasmas
  • Strong grasp of plasma theory and ability to apply relevant theory to develop models of the experimental system as well as to contribute to technological innovations
  • A proven ability to provide full turn key diagnostic systems –design of new systems, integration of the systems with existing plasma test beds and interpretation of their results.
  • Proven ability to work well within a team setting

Preferred:

  • Experience with a wide array of high-temperature plasma radiation diagnostics (spectrometry, X-ray emission, optical design)
  • Experience with statistical data analysis tools and standard data science techniques
  • Experience specifically with radiation collection arrays and tomography/emission profile reconstruction

Education:

  • Masters or Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in plasma physics or a closely related field.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-08” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

Plasma Diagnostics Support Engineer/Technician

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Plasma Diagnostics Support Engineer/Technician who will provide hands-on support of diagnostic equipment currently in use or under development for General Fusion’s plasma injector experiments. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that all plasma injector diagnostics are functional and that their calibration is accurate, up to date and recorded.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assembling, installing, and troubleshooting diagnostic test equipment
  • Repairing and maintaining diagnostic equipment
  • Maintaining records on equipment configuration and settings
  • Documenting diagnostic equipment setup, maintenance, and calibration procedures
  • Driving continuous improvement in General Fusion’s plasma diagnostics including the diagnostic hardware, data stream, calibration procedures, and recordkeeping

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Hands on experience working with a wide variety of mechanical and electrical equipment in a research or product development lab environment
  • Good organization skills and attention to detail

Preferred:

  • Basic machine shop skills
  • Basic 3D CAD/CAM design skills (SolidWorks)
  • Experience developing signal processing circuitry and board level firmware
  • Understanding of DAQ equipment & control systems
  • Basic computer programming skills
  • Experience with scientific data analysis

Education:

  • Bachelor’s or Technologist degree in engineering or relevant discipline.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-09” in
the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview
will be contacted.

 

 

Lithium Systems Engineer

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Lithium Systems Engineer who will be responsible for leading the design, development and specification of the liquid lithium systems used across General Fusion’s development program. This includes developing and specifying materials requirements for interaction with liquid lithium, the development of liquid lithium handling systems including pumping, storage and safety systems, integrating these systems with existing and new laboratory test beds, and designing the liquid lithium systems for General Fusion’s Fusion Demonstration Plant.

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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate and recommend liquid lithium compatible materials in a commercial environment
  • Develop requirements for liquid lithium purity
  • Develop and maintain relationships with labs for materials development and corrosion testing.
  • Design and execute experiments related to lithium corrosion, handling and processing.
  • Maintain a liquid lithium testing lab
  • Advise design engineers on designing for liquid lithium compatibility, the design of liquid lithium handling systems, and the design of liquid lithium safety systems.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 10+ years’ experience in chemical or materials engineering
  • Experience with liquid alkali metals
  • Experience with corrosion testing and analysis
  • Experience in the safe handling of hazardous materials
  • Experience in lab operation
  • Experience in design of experiments
  • Experience collaborating with university and industrial labs
  • Experience in chemical process design

Preferred:

  • Experience with liquid lithium
  • Experience with liquid metal corrosion
  • Experience with liquid metal processing

Education:

  • PhD degree in Materials Engineering or Chemical Engineering is preferred. Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering or Chemical Engineering accepted with relevant industrial experience.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-10” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

Senior Plasma Physicist

Opportunity

General Fusion is hiring a Senior Plasma Physicist who will contribute to the development of our magnetized target fusion (MTF) power plant. The Senior Plasma Physicist will aid in the analysis of our experimental campaigns, and then use that information to develop models that reconcile 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.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing and integrating diagnostic data from General Fusion plasma experiments to develop comprehensive hypotheses for evolution of plasma characteristics, and reconcile them with simulation results and reconstructions
  • Proposing new experimental campaigns and corresponding simulations to answer key questions regarding plasma parameter evolution, and optimization of MTF targets
  • Working with the simulation, reconstruction, and diagnostic teams in the development of dynamic models of compact toroid (CT) plasmas under compression.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Strong background in research in fusion science and magnetized plasma
  • Strong grasp of plasma theory and be able to apply relevant theory to develop models of the experimental system as well as to contribute to technological innovations
  • Proven ability to work well within a team setting

Preferred:

  • Experience in Magnetized Target Fusion

Education:

  • Ph. D. or equivalent degree in plasma physics, fusion science or closely related field.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-11” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.