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Computational Fluid Dynamics Researcher

Burnaby, BC
Full Time
A month ago

Position: Computational Fluid Dynamics Researcher

Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada


General Fusion is transforming how the world is energized by developing the first commercially-viable fusion power plant. Fusion will deliver clean, safe and on-demand power at industrial scale, providing a powerful complement to renewables and a pathway to a zero-emission grid.

Combining new technologies, proven industrial processes, and advances in fundamental fusion science, General Fusion aims to be the first in the world to develop commercial fusion power. Key performance requirements have been demonstrated at the system level, setting the stage for building a pre-commercial fusion power prototype.


Position Overview:

As a member of the Applied Physics team, the Computational Fluid Dynamics researcher will develop relevant and accurate CFD models to assist with design and construction of a variety of components related to liquid metal plasma compression systems. The successful candidate will work closely with the engineering and science teams to determine component interactions, governing physics, and desired results. This will involve taking ownership of the modeling results, ensuring that they meet the needs, in both fidelity and confidence, of the engineering team. It is also expected that the candidate will actively reconcile modeling with experiential results and test cases.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing CFD models of General Fusion’s compression system in a timely manner
  • Post processing modeling results and communicating them to the team in a clear and concise manner
  • Soliciting and following up on technical feedback
  • Reconciling model outputs with physical results from relevant experimental test beds and using them to improve the fidelity of the models
  • Depending on the expertise of the candidate, the opportunity to participate in R&D work such as code development, fundamental research, and advanced post processing



Required Skills and Experience:

  • Passion to efficiently communicate complex ideas with technical audiences
  • A refined and proven ability to reduce large, complex problems into domains that are practical to model, while capturing fidelity in important quantities and flows.  
  • Strong understanding of CFD principles and the ability to apply them to practical problems with a strong background in fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • The wisdom and ability to code reduced order (1D) models of systems to augment, validate, and in some instances, replace CFD models. 
  • Expert level skill with commercial codes: Fluent or OpenFOAM. Ideally both.
  • Experience with Linux/Unix and experience running and post processing simulations on medium and large parallel computers.
  • Expert level in Python, and Matlab.
  • The candidate must be self-reliant and comfortable working with little supervision, without prescribed work plans, on projects that are based on high-level specifications.
  • Experience with scalable cloud computing resources, such as AWS or Azure for HPC applications


The work involved in this project combines a wide range of skill sets, and each team member will need to become familiar with the full scope of the plasma development and understand how their work relates to the whole. General Fusion seeks individuals who are self-motivated, have good communication skills and are comfortable with creative problem solving independently and within a group.



Ph.D. or Masters’ degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Physics, Fluid mechanics, or computational sciences or related fields preferred.



Please send your resume to noting “Job Ref# RR-2021-61 in the email subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Company address:  108 – 3680 Bonneville Place, Burnaby, BC, V3N 4T5

Terms of employment:  Permanent full-time

Salary:  $108,638 - $120,000 / year base (plus applicable variable pay)

Benefits: Standard - 10% Variable Pay, 5% RRSP, 3% HCSA & Group Health Benefits

Language of work:  English


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