Brief: Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), an MIT spinout pursuing the fastest, surest way to clean, limitless fusion energy, is looking for a rising leader from the fusion plasma physics community to guide its plasma physics strategy to fusion energy.
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 the following role:
Head of Tokamak Physics CFS’ path to fusion energy is built on the high-field tokamak because of its proven performance, strong physics basis, and large community with deep expertise. The SPARC tokamak pre-conceptual design has been based on relatively conservative plasma physics, placing most of the project risk in new superconducting magnet technology. Nonetheless, there remains much to do in building up the physics basis to ensure a successful design, construction, and operation of the SPARC tokamak as well as setting the stage for ARC, a proposed net-electricity tokamak. The Head of Tokamak Physics 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;
help manage a team of international collaborators;
guide the direction of the physics basis to ensure SPARC is able to meet its Q>2 mission as quickly and safely as possible; and
ensure that SPARC can be utilized to retire key risks for ARC.
The ideal candidate will have:
a broad knowledge and deep experience of tokamak plasma physics, from the core, through the pedestal and to the divertor;
an understanding of the interdependencies between plasma physics and engineering system requirements;
organized a wide-ranging variety of collaborations on tokamaks around the world;
the ability to navigate teams towards consensus on complex issues under tight deadlines;
a familiarity with the benefits and limitations of codes used to simulate tokamak plasma physics;
a PhD in fusion energy or fusion physics related research;
the skill to clearly express and critique ideas;
a value for elegance and simplicity over complexity;
a drive towards commercially-viable solutions; and
the desire to work in a fast-paced, startup R&D environment.
If you share our mission and believe you are a good fit for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
AT COMMONWEALTH FUSION SYSTEMS, WE VALUE DIVERSITY AND ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER BY CHOICE.
About Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Commonwealth Fusion Systems was founded in 2017, combining the lean, fast mentality of a startup, with the deep talent pool of academia and the world’s leading investors in science and energy, to develop the fastest path to commercial fusion energy. CFS is collaborating with researchers at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center to design and build a new class of superconducting magnets that will drastically reduce the size and cost of fusion power plants. We bring together decades of cutting-edge fusion science with a recently developed materials science breakthrough in superconductors.