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Platform Engineer

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Software Engineering
Devens, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024
Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy.
CFS collaborates with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with groundbreaking new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. Our mission is to deploy these power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. To that end, CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. To implement this plan, we are looking to add dedicated people to the team who treat people well, improve our work by adding multifaceted perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have achieved outstanding results through a range of pursuits, and have skills and experience related to this role.
As a Platform Engineer at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), you will play a crucial role in building a robust and scalable framework to facilitate the modernization and advancement of the company's IT and OT infrastructure. You’ll leverage Infrastructure as Code (IaC) methodologies, cloud technologies, and industry best practices to establish a foundation for efficient and automated platform engineering practices.
In this role, you will lead the effort to elevate CFS's infrastructure by designing and implementing a comprehensive framework that aligns with industry best practices. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams, including software engineers, DevOps specialists, and system administrators, to define infrastructure requirements, optimize architecture, and automate deployment and scalability processes.
Your expertise in IaC principles will enable you to create scalable infrastructure templates utilizing tools like Terraform or CloudFormation. By adopting cloud technologies, such as AWS alongside traditional networking and datacenter technologies, you will design and implement secure and scalable solutions that ensure efficient resource utilization and ease of management.
As a member of the team, you will provide technical guidance and mentorship, driving the development of best practices and engineering standards related to platform infrastructure. You will actively participate in conceptualizing and implementing the framework, leveraging your expertise in both cloud-native and traditional solutions such as serverless architectures and microservices.
To excel in this role, you should have a strong background in platform engineering with hands-on experience in designing, building, and managing cloud-based and on-premise infrastructure.
Overall, as a Platform Engineer at CFS, you will have the opportunity to shape the infrastructure framework that will underpin not only the company's technology transformation, but the fusion industry as a whole. Your contributions will directly impact the efficiency, scalability, and security of CFS's systems, enabling the advancement of clean and sustainable energy production through fusion technology.

This team member will:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive framework for infrastructure that aligns with industry best practices
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define infrastructure requirements and optimize architecture
  • Automate deployment and scalability processes using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) methodologies
  • Create scalable infrastructure templates using tools like Terraform or CloudFormation
  • Design and implement secure and scalable solutions utilizing cloud technologies (AWS, GCP, Azure) and traditional networking and datacenter technologies
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to team members
  • Develop best practices and engineering standards related to platform infrastructure
  • Participate in the conceptualization and implementation of the framework, including serverless architectures and microservices
  • Design, build, and manage cloud-based and on-premise infrastructure using these frameworks
  • Identify and evaluate new technologies and tools to enhance platform infrastructure
  • Implement and manage monitoring and alerting systems to ensure high availability and performance of infrastructure
  • Troubleshoot and resolve infrastructure issues in a timely manner
  • Manage and optimize resource utilization in cloud and on-premise environments
  • Implement security measures to protect infrastructure and data
  • Automate repetitive tasks to improve efficiency and scalability
  • Conduct performance analysis and capacity planning for platform infrastructure

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • Experience in platform engineering, datacenter management, infrastructure engineering, computer engineering or similar
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in platform engineering or related roles
  • Hands-on experience in designing, building, and managing cloud and on-premise based infrastructure (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, VMWare)
  • Proficient in Infrastructure as Code (IaC) methodologies and tools (e.g., Terraform, CloudFormation)
  • Experience managing and building Linux systems.
  • Strong understanding of networking principles and technologies (e.g., DNS, Load Balancers, Firewalls)
  • Experience with containerization technologies and orchestration tools (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Understanding and experience developing and working in a GitOps based environment
  • Solid understanding of cloud computing concepts and architectures
  • Proficient in Infrastructure as Code (IaC) principles and tools
  • Strong knowledge of networking protocols and technologies
  • Familiarity with security best practices for infrastructure and data protection
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong scripting and automation skills
  • Proficient in at least one programming language (e.g., Python, Go)
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams and collaborate with stakeholders
  • Strong documentation and communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to evolving technologies and learn new skills quickly

Additional experience and/or qualifications:

  • OT and manufacturing specific experience
  • Strong scripting and programming skills (e.g., Python, Go, Bash)
  • Experience with log management and analysis tools (e.g., ELK stack, Splunk, LogScale)
  • Knowledge of infrastructure performance optimization techniques
  • Experience with configuration management tools (e.g., Ansible, Chef, Puppet)
  • Understanding of CI/CD pipelines and experience with related tools (e.g., Jenkins, GitLab CI/CD, Github Actions, SpaceLift)
  • Familiarity with serverless architectures and microservices
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs as needed in deploying on-prem infrastructure
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
  • Work in a facility that contains industrial hazards including heat, cold, noise, fumes, strong magnets, lead (Pb), high voltage, high current, pressure systems, and cryogenics
  • #LI-Hybrid
CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.
At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.