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Process Design Engineer, Inert Gas System

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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 and detail-oriented Process Design Engineer to join our Inert Gas System team. In this role, you will be immersed in a collaborative environment to contribute to the design, optimization, and documentation of the Inert Gas System for Kairos Power's first low-power demonstration reactor, future commercial units, and related test systems. This position will allow you to make meaningful contributions within a multi-disciplinary team that is driving innovation in the field of advanced nuclear energy.


  • Produce engineering calculations and reports for sizing of process equipment and instruments (vessels, heat exchangers, control valves, relief valves, compressors, blowers, etc.)
  • Collaborate closely with our internal procurement team and external vendors to identify potential components that align with system requirements
  • Lead the Request for Quotation (RFQ) process, systematically comparing proposed solutions, and thoroughly reviewing datasheets, drawings, and documentation
  • Actively engage in fielding vendor Requests for Information (RFIs), addressing inquiries effectively to ensure a comprehensive understanding of product offerings
  • Review and redline piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and process flow diagrams (PFDs) to appropriately represent system design
  • Develop and document system design, modes of operation, required controls and interlocks, and maintenance plans for full plant life cycle
  • Interface with Mechanical Design, Structural, Instrumentation & Controls, Operations, and other Process Design Engineers to ensure designs meet plant needs


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline
  • 7+ years of relevant industry experience in refining, chemical, or power generation process design engineering (or equivalent industry)
  • Proficient in interpreting Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), and process equipment datasheets
  • Experience working directly with external vendors to design and deliver process equipment
  • Knowledge of HazOp process and demonstrated experience designing with a safety-first mindset to create robust systems
  • Knowledge of process simulation and/or hydraulic simulation software (Aspen Plus, Pro/II, Hysys, AFT Fathom/Arrow, SiNet, Apros, etc.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work with highly collaborative team with excellent verbal, written communication/presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for autonomous problem-solving
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently
  • Prioritizes and ensures safety of oneself and others
  • 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

Physical Conditions

  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Communicating with others to exchange information

Environmental Conditions

  • General office environment
  • Accessing 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
  • 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 $116,400 to $137,000 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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