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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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advise design engineers on designing for liquid lithium compatibility, the design of liquid lithium handling systems, and the design of liquid lithium safety systems.
  • 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.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • 10+ years’ experience in process, chemical or materials engineering
  • Experience in chemical process design
  • Experience with corrosion testing and analysis
  • Experience in the safe handling of hazardous materials
  • Experience in lab operation

 

Preferred:

  • Experience with reactive liquid metal handling
  • Experience with liquid lithium
  • Experience with liquid metal corrosion
  • Experience with liquid metal processing
  • Experience in design of experiments
  • Experience collaborating with university and industrial labs

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.

 

 

Data Scientist

Opportunity

We are looking for a Data Scientist who will support the analysis of large, irregular data sets generated from General Fusion’s plasma injector and compression experiments. The ideal candidate will have the ability to use a wide variety of data mining/data analysis methods to build and implement models, algorithms, and data visualizations. They should also have a working knowledge of DAQ hardware and digital signal processing techniques to improve quality of input digital data.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with General Fusion physicists and engineers, develop the algorithms and code used to analyze data and interpret results from fusion experiments.
  • Implement and apply Digital Signal Processing tools to improve the quality of digital data from Data Acquisition hardware.
  • Manage data storage and processing pipelines.

Relevant Skills and Experience:

Required:

  • Minimum 5 years of programming experience using standard programming languages (Python preferred, C, C++, Fortran also considered).
  • Experience using statistical computer languages (R, Python, etc.) and databases to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques (regression, properties of distributions, statistical testing, Bayesian analysis methods, etc.) and experience with applications.
  • Experience with good software development practices: testing, issue tracking, version control, peer reviews.
  • Proven experience in analyzing time data from physical systems.
  • Able to work collaboratively with diverse teams.

Preferred:

  • Experience using MATLAB and Igor Pro for data analysis.
  • Background in physics, with an emphasis on plasma physics.
  • Background in electrical engineering or engineering physics.
  • Experience working with DAQ hardware.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-13” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diagnostics and Control Systems Technician

Opportunity

We are looking for a Diagnostics and Controls Systems Technician who will provide hands-on support of diagnostic and control systems equipment currently in use or under development on General Fusion’s plasma injector experiments. The work involved in this project combines a wide range of skill sets, this role also requires individuals who are self-motivated, have good communication skills, and are comfortable with creative problem solving independently and within a group.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and construct mechanical jigs, fixtures, stands, brackets and holders using varied materials including: lumber, steel, plastic, aluminum, and extrusions.
  • Install, maintain, and troubleshoot electrical and optical equipment used for plasma diagnostics, data acquisition, and control systems.
  • Specify and order parts and materials for projects.
  • Manage inventory and storage of common lab parts and shop tools.
  • Recordkeeping – keep track of machine settings, fiber & cable routing, and equipment inventory.
  • Collect data, apply critical observation skills to results, take active role in interpreting results, and provide feedback for improvement of lab equipment.
  • Work independently, while taking the initiative to gather information from engineering staff.
  • Proactively contribute to a great work environment while championing safe work practices.

Relevant Skills and Experience:

Required:

  • Basic machine shop skills.
  • Hands-on experience with installing and troubleshooting of electrical systems.
  • Good organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong multi-disciplinary technical skills – with demonstrated experience in diagnosing, repairing and solving system/equipment challenges.
  • Experience with basic computer programs (excel, etc).

Preferred:

  • Hands on experience working with a wide variety of mechanical and electrical equipment in a research or product development lab environment.
  • Familiarity with 3D cad design software (SolidWorks).
  • Familiarity with DAQ & control systems equipment.
  • Basic computer programming and scientific data analysis skills.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field.

Applications

Please send your resume to opportunities@generalfusion.com noting “Job Ref# RR-2020-14” in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.