Mechanical Engineer

Job Number: 16152

Payroll Category: SRS Research

Hours: Full Time

Date: June 21, 2018

The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) is an internationally recognized facility at the forefront of plasma physics and fusion energy research. It is located on the main MIT campus in Cambridge MA and comprises a team of almost 200 top-tier students, scientists, and engineers jointly pursuing fusion research at national laboratory-like scale. The PSFC recently announced a new, accelerated pathway to fusion energy that is based on the development and demonstration of the world’s highest performing superconducting fusion magnets, and the design of the first net-energy fusion device: the SPARC tokamak. The PSFC is undertaking searches for exceptional individuals who want to work in the fast-paced, team-oriented environment of the SPARC project to achieve net fusion energy on an aggressive timescale to help combat global climate change. One Mechanical Engineer position is open for immediate consideration on the SPARC project team. Learn more about SPARC.

The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to participate in the design, fabrication, and testing of cryogenic superconducting magnet systems and – as the project evolves – the other major subsystems required in a high-field superconducting tokamak. The complex mechanical systems required will present demanding challenges for an experienced engineer and require innovative and robust mechanical solutions. The ability to design the tooling, components, support structures, and measurement equipment needed in the fabrication of magnets and other components is required, and hands-on experience with fabrication, assembly, and testing of complex mechanical systems is strongly recommended. The ability to write clear procedures, document test results, and present findings for critical review in team meetings is expected. Experience in the management of a technical team is highly desirable. Demonstrated ability to master and quickly contribute to complex engineering projects while maintaining aggressive schedules is required. Experience with modern, commercial 3D modeling tools and FEA electromechanical simulation tools is expected.

Requirements: A BS degree or above in mechanical engineering or a closely related field is required. Minimum of five years of relevant experience working with tokamaks, magnets, or other similar complex mechanical systems is required. Must display excellent communication skills, and the willingness to work collaboratively and fluidly in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

Salary Range: $80,000 – $94,000


Resumes should be submitted with a cover letter specifically addressing why the applicant feels qualified for this position. Resumes without an acceptable cover letter will not be considered. Please apply for this position on the Careers across MIT website.