Head of Magnet, Vacuum and Cryogenics

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Mar 2024

30 Nov 2023
Job Information

Renaissance Fusion
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

1 Mar 2024 - 23:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

Hours Per Week

To be defined
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Renaissance Fusion is the first Magnetic Confinement Fusion company in the EU. We are building the first net-energy producing stellarator by combining proprietary innovations in modular design, the manufacturing of next-generation High-Temperature Superconducting (HTS) magnets, and liquid-metal (LM) walls. We are forming a team of the brightest, most driven scientists and engineers to realize and commercialize our non-fusion products within 2 years and integrated fusion solutions within 10 years.

Our team is young, agile, international, and based in the exciting city of Grenoble, by the French Alps.  

Five technical leaders will be at the forefront of this exhilarating development and prototyping. With the present announcement we look for an experienced, world-class engineer and manager to form, inspire and lead the department of Magnet, Vacuum and Cryogenics (MVC) Engineering. The successful candidate will report directly to the CTO and work closely with the Heads of HTS film deposition, liquid metal R&D, fusion science and “Heat, Diagnostics and Balance-of-Plant”. He/she will deliver integrated systems consisting of vacuum vessels, HTS magnets and the associated cryogenic cooling. The systems, initially cylindrical, will be made compatible with LM operations at high temperature. We will then progress to toroidal geometry and fusion plasma operation. The Head of MVC will play a major role in first plasmas and seamless operation of a net-heat stellarator experiments and finally a net-electricity power-plant. He/she will also play a major role in non-fusion spin-offs deploying comparably strong, large and accurate magnets, vessels and cryostats - for medical imaging, energy storage and other fields.  

Your main responsibilities will be:

*Scientific leadership and activities

  • Oversee and integrate all MVC activities, ensure the proper coordination of the teams
  • Monitor, coordinate and enable the on-time, on-budget, on-specs accomplishment of technical milestones, including the first integrated HTS-LM demonstrator, non-fusion and fusion magnets, experimental and commercial stellarators
  • Conduct conceptual and detailed design reviews of integrated systems consisting of vacuum vessels, HTS magnets and the associated cryogenic cooling
  • Design and lead experiments to de-risk MVC systems and test them to their limits. 
  • Occasionally contribute -in person- to tough design and modelling to lead by example and not lose contact with the lab

*Team management

  • Form and lead the MVC department (group leaders, engineers and technicians).  
  • Be the ambassador of Renaissance Fusion's vision within your team, and promote its culture, values (speed, simplicity, fantastic realism, constructive interference and unified force) and policies
  • Encourage collaboration at all levels of the organization
  • Ensure that your team is motivated to achieve its objectives: set targets and follow them up with encouragement, support, feedback and responsibility
  • Ensure that employees are in the best position to achieve their objectives: listen to them, look after their well-being, make sure they have the appropriate tools and skills; fill the gap if necessary (recruitment, training, reorganization…)
  • Take an active role in talent development: identify potential, determine areas and opportunities for development, encourage reflection on professional projects, propose training courses
  • Appoint, empower, inspire and coordinate the group-leaders. Train the group-leaders of tomorrow
  • Comply with and enforce the highest Health, Environment and Safety standards within her/his team. Ensure that the laboratory is a safe, clean, well-organized, pleasant workplace by controlling many hazards (magnetic fields, high electric currents, very high and low temperatures, gases and high-pressure liquids, etc.)

*Scientific input to company strategy

In your field of expertise

  • Identify scientific needs, directions, priorities and goals in the short, medium and long term, to realize the company’s mission and vision of building and commercializing a stellarator power-plant and non-fusion spin-offs
  • Identify scientific risks and opportunities and spearheads the team efforts to address them

*Scientific outcome

  • Organize the department’s attendance of scientific conferences and workshops, supervise scientific reports (presentations, posters, etc.) and represent RF to scientific conferences and workshops
  • Coordinate the writing, review and approval of patents and scientific papers
  • Supervise your team to stay at the state of the art for any scientific advances in your scope of expertise
  • Initiate and develop collaborations and partnerships with labs and partners such as super-computing facilities, external services etc. Maximize co-creation of value


You are the ideal profile if:

*Education and professional experience

  • PhD or Master’s degree + equivalent experience in electrical, industrial, mechanical or nuclear engineering, or closely related field.
  • Management certification or equivalent experience of Team Management
  • 15+ years of in international labs or in the industry- in design, modeling, manufacturing, and testing in at least 3 of the following areas: Magnet technology ; Vacuum technology ; Structural engineering ; Cryogenics ; Heat transfer
  • Experience in designing, purchasing, testing or using of one or more of these activities is a plus: ; HTS and/or Low Temperature Superconductivity (LTS) ; Permanent magnets ; Copper coils ; Vacuum pumps and other vacuum equipment ; Working fluids for heat extraction (water, supercritical CO2, liquid metals, etc.) and refrigeration (liquid N2, He gas, liquid He, etc.)
  • Experience or familiarity with one or more of the following industries is a plus : energy, electricity, big science, particle accelerators, medical, metallurgy, innovative materials
  • 10+ publications in first-tier journals and 3+ invited or plenary talks at international conferences
  • 5+ patent families, as co-inventor. Leadership of your teams to exceptional patents

*Language requirements

  • Fluent in English (C2)
  • Knowledge (B2 or higher) of French is a plus

*Technical competencies

  • Safety standards
  • Risks management in complex projects
  • Contract management
  • Modern CAD and simulation tools (multi-physics FEA, Monte Carlo, topology optimization etc.)
  • Designing and contributing to the successful construction and operation of high-field magnets, vessels, cryostats and related systems
  • Detailed knowledge of material parameters at cryogenic temperatures and in high magnetic fields is a plus
  • Detailed knowledge of nuclear civil engineering, remote handling and waste management is a plus

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