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Process Controls Engineer, Instrumentation and Controls

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Job Description

Company Overview

Kairos Power is a new nuclear energy technology and engineering company whose mission is to enable the world’s transition to clean energy, with the ultimate goal to dramatically improve people’s quality of life while protecting the environment. This goal will be accomplished through the commercialization of the fluoride-salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (FHR) that can be deployed with robust safety, affordable costs, and flexible operation to accommodate the expansion of variable renewables.

Job Summary

Kairos Power is seeking a highly motivated Process Instrumentation & Controls Engineer who will be working with a team who is be responsible for developing the process control narrative and subsequent control philosophy of the Kairos Power molten salt and nuclear systems. In this role, you will contribute to the development programs for the Kairos Power Fluoride Salt-Cooled High Temperature Reactor (KP-FHR). The ideal candidate has cross-discipline competence, with an understanding of both process design and control design. The successful candidate in this role will have a direct impact on the productivity of the Instrumentation Controls & Electrical Team and of the broader Kairos Power organization.


  • Ability to read and interpret Process Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
  • Coordinate process controls design with process engineers
  • Document process controls narratives
  • Form Instrument and IO lists based on P&ID’s using smart plant systems
  • Design heater controls for large scale facilities
  • Heater sizing analysis for controllability
  • Specify instrumentation for process controls
  • Communicate with suppliers for instrumentation procurement
  • Design optimal control strategies including and not limited to model predictive control
  • Work through different stages of controls from concept to design, procurement, installation, commissioning, and testing
  • Programming may be required from time to time
  • Perform and supervise installation and test of instrumentation and controls systems
  • Provide technical leadership on complex instrumentation projects that bridge multiple engineering disciplines
  • Interpret technical challenges related to Engineering Test and recommend solutions and best practices
  • Solve complex problems using a broad perspective to identify solutions
  • Guide others in resolving complex issues regarding data acquisition, instrumentation, and control of industrial processes
  • Maintain a personal focus to execute on Process Instrumentation and Controls
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BS or MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or similar discipline.
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in process controls is required
  • Experience with nuclear I&C systems is an advantage
  • Ability to make strategic decisions
  • Ability to manage complex problems
  • Ability to obtain a Electrical Engineering (EE) Professional Engineering License
  • Experience with heater controls
  • Experience creating electrical and controls schematics is a plus
  • Knowledge of industrial protocols is a plus
  • Knowledge of industrial networking is a plus
  • Experience with controller programming is a plus
  • Understanding of technical fundamentals of sensors for measuring: temperature, pressure, flow, force, torque, displacement, fluid flow, pressure, temperature, motor position, motor speed, etc.
  • CAD experience preferred (AutoCad is a bonus)
  • Ability to work with highly collaborative team
  • Ability to problem solve quickly and efficiently
  • Ability to proactively collect, manage and transfer knowledge
  • Ability to seek different and novel ways to create efficiencies when working on problems, challenges, and issues
  • Prioritizes and ensures safety of oneself and others

Physical Conditions

  • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, scissor lifts, articulated boom lifts and the like
  • Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another

Environmental Conditions

  • General office environment
  • Noisy environments
  • High-concentration, demanding and fast-paced


  • Up to 20% travel is required

Additional Requirements

  • Seldomly requires schedule flexibility

The salary range for this position is $88,100 to $103,600 for employees working onsite at our Alameda, CA headquarters. The range provided in this job posting represents the typical range or starting rate of candidates hired in California. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include your education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, the market data for your work location, and a comparison to other employees already in the role.


About our Benefits

We know that we have some of the most talented and dedicated employees, and we believe in rewarding them accordingly. If you work here, full-time employees (excludes interns) expect to have access to the benefits below:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits for employees and their dependents
  • Paid Vacation
  • 401(k) and pre-tax health insurance, dependent care, and commuter benefits (FSA)

Kairos Power is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects the communities where we do business. Kairos Power is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We actively welcome people of different experiences, abilities, and perspectives.

Kairos Power participates in E-Verify.

Candidates only, no recruiters or agencies please.

Note: You are applying for a position that is located in a facility that handles information that is subject to export control restrictions by the Department of Energy under 10 CFR Part 810. To work in this facility, you need to be authorized by the Department of Energy to access Part 810-controlled information. Foreign nationals who are citizens of countries that are not on the Department of Energy’s general authorization list (link below) are not permitted to work in our facility unless the Department of Energy issues an export control license to the company to permit that individual to have access to Part 810-controlled information. The following questions are intended to determine the licensing requirements that may apply. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/10/appendix-A\_to\_part\_810

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