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Process Design Engineer

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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 Design Engineer to contribute to the design of the Kairos Power advanced nuclear power plant and related prototypes and test systems.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Update and maintain Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&IDs) and Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs) under supervision from Process Lead or other Responsible Engineers for a non-nuclear test plant leading to an advanced nuclear power plant
  • Update and maintain process data in an engineering database to ensure accuracy and consistency across engineering deliverable lists (valve list, line list, etc.)
  • Produce engineering calculations and reports for design of process equipment, pressure drop/hydraulics, and selection of instruments under supervision
  • Collaborate with other process engineers and engineering disciplines, such as mechanical, instrumentation and controls to ensure accurate transfer of process design within project objectives
  • Provide field support through fabrication, erection, commissioning, and operations


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline
  • 2+ years of relevant industry experience in molten salt, refining, chemical, or power generation process design engineering (or equivalent industry)
  • Working Knowledge of AutoCAD or smart P&ID software preferred
  • Basic knowledge in use of process simulation and/or hydraulic simulation software (HTRI, AVEVA, Aspen Plus, Pro/II, Hysys, AFT Fathom/Arrow, SiNet, Apros, etc.)
  • Experienced with process design of equipment and instrumentation (pressure vessels, heat exchangers, fixed catalyst beds, compressors, control valves, relief valves, etc.)
  • Familiar with process safety reviews such as HAZOP/PHA/LOPA/FMEA or equivalent
  • Experience in supporting a new product development cycle from concept to commissioning
  • Experience with designing systems for hazardous chemicals, molten salts, liquid metals, high-temperature petrochemical processes, etc. is desired
  • Proven team player with excellent verbal, written communication/presentation, and interpersonal skills

Physical Conditions

  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another
  • Communicating with others to exchange information

Environmental Conditions

  • General office environment
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned
  • High-concentration, demanding and fast-paced

Safety and PPE

  • Reading and interpreting hazardous warning signs
  • Reporting issues with equipment or unsafe conditions
  • Color identification: detecting, distinguishing, recognizing and identifying colors
  • Wearing proper PPE, to include face mask, face shields, gloves, safety shoes


  • Some travel may be required (up to 20%)

Additional Requirements

  • Requires schedule flexibility
  • Occasionally requires non-standard work-week hours
  • Occasionally requires extended hours to support launch and critical project timelines

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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