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Plasma Physicist

Company: Avalanche Energy
Location: Seattle
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Avalanche is a VC-backed, fusion energy start-up based in Seattle, WA. We are designing, testing and building fusion batteries that you can hold in your hand. Our modular reactor design can be stacked for a wide variety of power applications to provide clean energy and decarbonize the planet. Our unique approach enables rapid iterations of build, test, fix design cycles.The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, organized and is energized by inventive problem solving.--The nature of the job will require frequent collaboration with a small team on wide variety of topics, and the ability to pivot between priorities to support rapid design iterations.We know we have an incredibly ambitious mission, and we know that it will require the right team to make it happen. We currently have a full-time position open at our Seattle, WA facility for a Plasma Physicist. Take the leap with us and help push humanity forward!
This job might be for you if:You enjoy solving problems. You love taking on difficult challenges with a small team of passionate people. You are scrappy, you are a builder, and you are motivated by progress. You are an ardent learner who's always looking for ways to grow and improve. You want to be part of a mission that matters.
Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Lead plasma experiment development
  • Lead, plan and perform hand calculations, perform analysis on reactor configurations including fusion power, bremsstrahlung and various loss mechanisms
  • Plan, design and specify experiment instrumentation and metrology tools and processes
  • Lead avalanche's scientific studies including publishing papers and supporting regulatory, government outreach and proposal activities
    Qualifications and Skills: Desired Skills and Experience:
    • PhD in physics or engineering or closely related field or relevant experience
    • Experience in design, procurement, specification, assembly, safety, operations, and analysis of plasma experiments
    • Significant knowledge of plasma instrumentation and diagnostic tools and instrumentation
    • Experimental data analysis and diagnosis
    • Experience and knowledge of positive ion source technologies, tools and methods
      Bonus Skills and Experience:
      • Experience with high energy plasma
      • Experience with plasma simulation codes including Particle-in-Cell (PIC) modelling
      • Experience in fusion industry
      • Experience with COMSOL/FEM analysis
      • 5+ years post-PhD experience--Perks:
        • Workplace schedule flexibility
        • Great medical, dental and vision benefits
        • Small, tight-knit team with low barriers to action
        • Exposure to a wide variety of problems for unparalleled, hands-on professional growth
        • Weekly, employer provided team meals and a well-stocked kitchen
        • Stock options in a potentially transformative company with unicorn potential --Avalanche embraces the differences between people of varied races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, and sexual orientations. We also acknowledge the value that different life experiences bring to our organization. Avalanche is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage all applicants who share these values to apply.--

Keywords: Avalanche Energy, Seattle , Plasma Physicist, Other , Seattle, Washington

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