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Control Systems Engineer

Xcimer Energy

Xcimer Energy

Software Engineering
Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2024
Xcimer Energy leverages decades of research on IFE combined with groundbreaking new laser architecture. Our mission is to deploy fusion power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. Xcimer has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by leading investors, Xcimer is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. Join us in powering a better world with inertial fusion!
We are seeking a dedicated and skilled Control Systems Engineer to join our industrial automation team. The experience of a qualified Control Systems Engineer to assist in the creation, design, and development of state of the art equipment for fusion systems will be indispensable as we continue to grow the organization towards a power-producing Inertial Fusion Energy reactor (IFE).
As a Control Systems Engineer in our Controls group, you will be responsible for the design and development of operational, manual, and automated control systems, interfacing with custom and off-the-shelf hardware and software, creating User Interfaces, programming custom and off the shelf hardware, and acting as go-between to the various design departments. You will initially focus on creating the underlying architecture for Xcimer prototype systems and continue through to the design and demonstration of a power-producing IFE reactor. We are looking for our engineers to apply their technical expertise, problem solving skills, and dedication to quality to positively impact the future of energy!


  • Design and develop control systems and algorithms for industrial applications with a focus on ease of operability
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams including scientists and other engineers
  • Develop drivers and APIs for custom and commercial equipment
  • Integrate third-party software packages into the main software stack
  • Optimize control algorithms and data acquisition for laser systems
  • Support the design and testing of scalable control systems that will be quickly iterated on
  • Program PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces), computers, and various other embedded hardware and instrumentation
  • Conduct system integration and commissioning on-site, ensuring that systems operate correctly in the operational environment
  • Develop technical documentation for system configuration and design, system controls, and system safety
  • Assist in the development and creation of system requirements and goals
  • Ensure all engineering projects and processes conform to environmental laws and health and safety standards


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in control systems engineering, preferably in energy systems, advanced manufacturing, or related high-tech industries
  • Experience in designing and implementing control systems in a regulated, safety-critical environment
  • Strong proficiency with LabVIEW programming
  • Strong proficiency with Python programming
  • Proficient with PLC programming and familiarity with brands such as Allen Bradley, Siemens, or Schneider Electric
  • Familiarity with specifying instrumentation, sensors, and data acquisition equipment
  • Experience with HMI and UI (User Interface) design
  • Solid understanding of industrial communications protocols such as Modbus, Ethernet/IP, Serial (RS-232/485), and TCP/IP
  • Familiar with source control systems such as Git
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret electrical schematics and mechanical drawings
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, capable of working with multiple teams
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee of granted asylum


  • Familiarity with SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems
  • Certifications relevant to control systems engineering, such as Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD) or Certified Automation Professional (CAP)
  • Experience with laser or optical systems and their integration into existing control architectures
  • Circuit design and PCB layout experience
Equal Employment Opportunity
Xcimer Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Xcimer Energy hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Xcimer Energy will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.
Benefits Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 6%. Paid Time Off: 15 days per year based on weekly scheduled hours, 10 paid sick leave, and 13 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns. Equity will be granted to eligible employees. Equity is designed to allow employees to share in company results and success.