Experiment and Test Engineer

Join a fusion power company in Everett, WA as an Experiment and Test Engineer. Contribute to building the world's first fusion power plant for clean, reliable, and affordable energy.

Helion Energy
Helion Energy
Everett, United States  UTC-08:00   On-site   Full Time   51-100   USD 115k–175k   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 a Experiment and Test Engineer to help bring the most powerful, controlled pulsed-fusion device ever constructed online with the goal of generating electrical power. We know this hasn't been done before, so we are looking for individuals who have translatable experience that can help us accomplish our goals. As an engineer on the Test Ops team, you will report to our Fusion Test Lead at our Everett, WA office.

You Will

  • Contribute to the development of technology and knowledge of how to optimally design, build, and measure FRC fusion devices
  • Control pulsed power, high-energy systems, including mega-joule capacitor systems
  • Design and build or support design and build of plasma and high-energy experiments and tests
  • Work with large scale vacuum systems, including vacuum cycling quartz vacuum chambers that are 1+ meters in diameter, and handle modifications
  • Understand plasma physics, including how to create FRC's and how to design, build, and interpret magnetic, fusion product, and plasma diagnostics
  • Control Fusion generators using LabView-based control systems and PXIe-NI chassis-based systems, and solve data collection problems in a fast-pulse EMI environment
  • Use critical reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of different technical solutions
  • Work collaboratively with members of other teams to develop technical solutions

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • B.S. or M.S in aerospace or mechanical engineering, physics, or related field of study and 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience building, fixing, and modifying high vacuum chamber systems or high-voltage capacitor/power supply experience
  • Experience designing, building, and operating complex experiments
  • Experience working with and around plasmas (includes high temperature plasmas or electric propulsion) desired but not required
  • Large-scale experiment or testing experience on pinch devices, accelerators, stellarators, tokomaks, power plant operations, or rocket launches
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to rapidly learn new systems
  • Demonstrated track record of tackling complex problems, defining and accomplishing challenging objectives with minimal guidance
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively as a member of a team

The pay range for this position is $115k-175k. 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 10, 2024

Full Time


Oct 18, 2024


USD 115k–175k

Helion Energy

Everett, United States

3+ years


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