Experimental Scientist, Plasmas

Join Helion Energy in Everett, WA as an Experimental Scientist, Plasmas. Contribute to scaling up fusion generators and be part of a team working towards unlimited clean electricity.

Helion Energy
Helion Energy
Everett, United States  UTC-08:00   On-site   Full Time   51-100   USD 91k–160k   2 months ago

About Helion Energy

Company Overview

Helion Energy, Inc.

Everett, Washington, USA


Business Model

Fusion Energy

Development and demonstration of fusion energy technology

Capital raised through funding rounds, potential future electricity production. Helion Energy recently announced that Microsoft will become their first customer.

Locations & Geography

Headquartered in the United States 🇺🇸 with focus on expanding the adoption of fusion energy globally

Company Culture

Committed to providing a clean, scalable, and cost-effective energy solution through fusion technology

Innovative, team-oriented, and driven by critical engineering challenges

Emphasis on collaboration and empowerment in solving global energy challenges

Activities & Projects

Development of the Polaris prototype, aimed to be the first to demonstrate net electricity from fusion

Advancements in pulsed non-ignition fusion technology and high-temperature plasma generation

Focused on achieving zero-carbon electricity production to support global decarbonization

Contact Information

LinkedIn, Instagram

Careers at Helion Energy

We are a fusion power company based in Everett, WA, with the mission to build the world's first fusion power plant, enabling a future with unlimited clean electricity. Our vision is a world with clean, reliable, and affordable energy for everyone.

Since Helion's founding in 2013, we have raised over $600 million from investors such as Sam Altman, Mithril, and Capricorn Investment Group to propel us forward. Our last prototype, Trenta, completed 10,000 high-power pulses and reached plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius (9 keV).

Now we are working toward Polaris, which will be the first machine to demonstrate electricity from fusion, making this a great time to join Helion! Bring your skills, experiences, and determination to make a difference in the world. Together, we can make a future with unlimited clean electricity from fusion a reality.

What You Will Be Doing

We are looking for an Experimental Research Scientist or Engineer to help scale up the size of the FRC formation section of its fusion generators. You will be part of a small group of scientists, engineers, and technicians responsible for designing, building, and testing the world's largest FRC. You will report directly to our Research and Development Chief of Staff at our Everett, WA office.

You Will:

  • Provide design and test engineering support in vacuum systems, gaseous fuel systems, high-voltage power electronics, inductively coupled plasma sources, plasma diagnostics, and data acquisition systems
  • Develop and validate technical specifications to comply with project requirements
  • Prepare laboratory test plans and procedures, and present at test readiness reviews
  • Install and operate high density plasma sources (e.g. helicon, ECR, ring theta) and diagnostics
  • Maintain vacuum facilities and related support equipment such as gas fuel feed systems, high-voltage power electronics, data acquisition systems, and diagnostics
  • Analyze diagnostic test data, write reports, and present results
  • Use critical reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses with different technical solutions

Required Skills

  • B.S. or M.S in aerospace engineering, physics, or related field of study
  • 1+ years of experience with plasma physics in a hands-on laboratory environment
  • Hands-on hardware experience with vacuum systems, high pressure gas flow systems, plasma diagnostics, and data acquisition systems
  • Experience in the design, build, and test approach of seeing a project from conception to completion

The pay range for this position is $91k-160k. This pay range may be inclusive of several career levels and will be narrowed based on several factors, including the candidate's experience and qualifications.

Benefits and Compensation

Our total compensation package includes generous equity and benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans for employees and their families
  • 31 Days of PTO (21 vacation days and 10 sick days)
  • 13 Paid holidays, plus company-wide winter break
  • Up to 5% employer 401(k) match
  • Short term disability, long term disability, and life insurance
  • Paid parental leave and support (up to 16 weeks)
  • Annual wellness stipend

NOTE: Underrepresented people are less likely to apply unless they meet 100% of the job's requirements. We believe in hiring people, not checklists, and encourage you to apply even if you do not check all of the boxes. If this job isn't the one, we have many other openings that may be a fit.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. If we reach out to you to begin an interview process, we will also ask if you require any reasonable accommodation at that time.

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About the role

May 08, 2024

Full Time


Oct 18, 2024


USD 91k–160k

Helion Energy

Everett, United States

1+ years


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