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Senior R&D Engineer


Posted on 6/18/2024

Helion Energy

Helion Energy

201-500 employees

Develops fusion power plants for energy


Compensation Overview

$115k - $175kAnnually

+ Equity

Senior, Expert

Everett, WA, USA

Control Systems Engineering
Electronics Design Engineering
Instrumentation and Measurement Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Required Skills
  • Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics or related field of study; or M.S in Aerospace engineering, physics, or related field of study and 4+ years of experience with experimental plasma physics in hands-on environment
  • Experience working with magnetized vacuum plasmas, e.g. thrusters, helicon sources, nuclear fusion experimental plasmas
  • Hands-on hardware experience with vacuum systems, high pressure gas flow systems, plasma diagnostics, HV pulsed power systems, and data acquisition systems
  • Experience in the design, build, and test approach of seeing a technical project through 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 minimal guidance
  • Experience scripting data analysis routines in a common language (e.g. Matlab, Python, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively as a member of a team
  • 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

Helion is pioneering the development of the world's first fusion power plant, utilizing deuterium from water and helium-3 to produce clean, reliable, and abundant energy. The company has achieved significant milestones in plasma temperatures, magnetic energy recovery, compression fields, and sustained plasmas, positioning itself as a leader in the pursuit of fusion energy.

Company Stage

Series E

Total Funding



Everett, Washington



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



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