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 a Director of Materials to lead the integrated effort to develop and qualify materials for Helion's fusion generators. The scope of your work will involve definition and coordination of materials selection, materials testing, irradiation studies, development of material property correlations and models, working with supply chain development, and coordinating with licensing teams. You will report to the leader of the Radiation Safety and Nuclear Science (RaSNS) team at our Everett, WA office.
- Create a world-class materials team with regard to technical thoughtfulness and speed of execution in thrust areas to include material R&D and radiation effects
- Lead the development and deployment of important materials for a commercial fusion system
- Work with Helion's leadership to establish goals and balance risks for the Materials team that align with our strategy and take full ownership of accomplishing these goals
- Establish partnerships and processes with the Engineering team and other RaSNS teams to improve the Materials team's success (bill of material tracking, material testing, material design and R&D) and identify directions with the highest return on investment
- Manage managers on the Materials team on milestones planning, resource planning, and performance management.
- Advise the management of strategic material testing capabilities to promote rapid testing/design iterations, balance in-house and external capabilities, near-term milestone execution, and long-term capability expansion
- Improve Helion's plan for generator mass-production, including incorporating changes based on new generator data, refining factory models, and communicating updates to the leadership team
- Build materials programs designed to develop an understanding of complex mechanical properties and materials degradation phenomena (e.g., creep, fatigue, stress, corrosion, erosion, neutron irradiation effects, hydrogen embrittlement); take into consideration cost estimation and scheduling to meet program needs and constraints
- Learn about radiation effects on materials (neutron damage and activation), and incorporate radiological considerations into decisions based on the advisement of nuclear engineers on your team, nuclear engineers on parallel RaSNS teams, and the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)
- 10 years of materials-related industry experience, including 5 years of experience managing technical teams that deliver materials science/engineering projects cradle-to-grave to a commercial product. Growing a talent-dense team of at least five subject matter experts, and overseeing the schedule for multiple planning facets of company milestones
- Successful and autonomous mentorship and leadership of employees with many expertise, experience, and backgrounds
- Hands-on experience with material testing and characterization
- Experience managing material research and development, resulting in materials used in a commercial product or necessary product to a large, singe-unit project
- Experience with radiation effects testing and characterization is desired but not required
The pay range for this position is $160-240k. 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)
3% employer 401K contribution matching
Equity plan offered to all employees
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.