Job Description

Job Description

We are growing the Pulsed Power team, who is responsible for the design, construction, and operation of our pulsed power fusion machines. The next major step for First Light is to create what is expected to be the largest pulsed power facility in the world by some margin, containing a circa. 100 MJ, 10 MV, 50 MA device delivering its energy to advanced experimental loads within the order of 100 ns timescales. This is known as Machine 4 and has a growing profile in the international pulsed power community.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Concept generation, simulation, calculation informing high-level and detailed design, with the production of requirements, specifications, and technical reports.
  • Supplier engagement for equipment procurement and component design.
  • Experimental development, prototyping, oversight, and hands on support to installation, commissioning, and testing.
  • The long-term horizon includes operation and development of the Machine 4 facility, alongside other major engineering programs.
  • Additional opportunities include supporting and managing experiments and shot operations on our existing facilities including Machine 3.
  • Collaborating across the company with other technical teams, physicists, specialist technicians, machine workshop, and operations.
  • Travelling to conferences to engage with suppliers and collaborators.


  • Degree in Engineering, Physics, or similar.
  • Ability to perform calculations and analysis associated with electrical engineering.
  • Knowledge of health and safety matters relating to pulsed power systems.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including interaction with a wide range of technical specialists and stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise time effectively to work under pressure to tight and evolving deadlines.


  • While specific experience may be helpful, we also seek candidates from other technical fields and industries who have transferrable experience and a keen interest in pulsed power technologies.
  • We rely on a superb team of specialist technicians, but excellent electrical/mechanical practical hands-on skills in the laboratory reflect well on a candidate and will be valuable to a greater or lesser degree depending on the role.
  • Circuit or electromagnetic simulation tool experience, such as COMSOL.
  • CAD design tool experience, such as SolidWorks.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for systems thinking and a requirements-based approach.
  • Excellent technical writing skills.