Computational Scientist

Number of employees

100

Everett, WA, United States

Posted on: 2024-04-16

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Helion is a fusion power company based in Everett, WA, with the mission to enable a future with unlimited clean energy. Our vision is a world with clean, reliable, and affordable electricity for everyone. Currently, we are scaling up our latest plasma accelerator prototype to make our vision a reality.

We’re hiring brilliant scientists, engineers, and builders passionate about developing world-changing technologies. If that sounds like you, check out our open positions. 

About Helion

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:

Helion is hiring a Computational Plasma Scientist. You will communicate with engineers and scientists on wide range of topics including plasma physics; magnetic field diffusion and eddy currents; circuit response and coupling; and structural mechanics. You will report to our Director of Research at our Everett, WA office.

You Will:

  • Modify and run our Particle-in-Cell codes to simulate FRC dynamics for wide range of simulation conditions, from the initial simulation setup to the postprocessing of the results
  • Calculate FRC dynamics and stability in the kinetic regime
  • Perform analysis related to interpreting experimental measurements by reproducing the experimental conditions with PIC codes
  • Learn from the experts to expand your technical skillset and domain knowledge
  • Communicate simulation results and findings with accuracy and rigor to both scientists and engineers by preparing reports, presentations, and graphics

Required Skills:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Plasma Physics, engineering, or related field of study with an emphasis in PIC simulation of plasma conditions
  • Ability to gain expertise in FRC physics
  • Write scripts to analyze output, parse files, and create plots in a common coding language (e.g. MATLAB, Fortran, C, Python, etc.)
  • Experience using or writing computer simulation tools for hybrid PIC models

Per Washington Equal Pay and Opportunity Act the range for this position is $125k-$165k. Actual salary is based on education, experience, and other qualifying skill sets.

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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