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Senior R&D Engineer, Plasmas

Design and operate experimental facilities focused on developing plasma technologies for FRC fusion.
Everett, Washington, United States
$115k-$175k USD per year
3 months ago
Helion Energy

Helion Energy

Building the world's first fusion power plant

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✨ About The Role

We are building something never done before.

Helion is 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.

We are a team of engineers, scientists, and makers that believe fusion energy can solve climate change on a global scale and ensure energy independence while making electricity more affordable than ever before.

Now is 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 engineer with experience working with plasmas to join the Test Operations team. As an experiment and test engineer, you will help design and operate experimental facilities focused on the development of plasma technologies to improve our FRC fusion performance. You will work in our FRC pre-ionization development area. You will report to our Fusion Test Lead at our Everett, WA office.

You Will:

  • Install and operate high density plasma generation systems (e.g. helicon, ECR, ringing theta)
  • Design, install, and operate experimental diagnostics, including plasma diagnostics
  • Provide design and test engineering support of vacuum systems, gaseous fuel systems, high-voltage power electronics, and data acquisition systems
  • Prepare experimental test plans and procedures, and present at test readiness reviews
  • Maintain experimental facilities and related support equipment such as vacuum systems, gas fueling systems, high-voltage power electronics, data acquisition systems, and diagnostics
  • Develop and validate technical specifications to comply with project requirements
  • Analyze diagnostic test data, write reports, and present results
  • Use critical reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of different technical solutions
  • Work with members of other teams to develop technical solutions

Required Skills:

  • B.S. or M.S in aerospace engineering, physics, or related field of study and 3+ 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
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to rapidly learn new systems
  • Demonstrated experience taking on complex problems, defining and accomplishing challenging objectives with minimum guidance
  • Experience scripting data analysis routines in a common language (e.g. Matlab, Python, etc.)
  • 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.



  • 13 company-wide holidays

  • 31 days of PTO (10 sick and 21 vacation days)

  • Up to 5% employer 401K contribution matching

  • Equity plan offered to all employees

  • Parental Leave

  • Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Short- and long-term Disability

  • Monthly sponsored events and subsidized snack program

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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Senior R&D Engineer, Plasmas
Everett, Washington, United States
$115k-$175k USD per year
About Helion Energy
Building the world's first fusion power plant