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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 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.

 

 

 

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 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
  • Experience with liquid alkali metals

 

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.