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Automation and Controls Engineer, Launch Program - Kairos Power

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Job Title
Automation and Controls Engineer, Launch Program
Job Location
Alameda, CA
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’s Launch Program is a 18-month training program that offers early career professionals hands-on learning opportunities. During the program, you will partner with a Launch mentor who will teach you various internal processes and methods through direct and practical projects. This program accelerates the learning process by offering increased exposure to various teams and projects enabling your potential to be a well-rounded engineer. The program intends to start at end of June 2023.

Kairos Power is seeking a highly motivated Automation and Controls Engineer with a hands-on approach to design, assembly, and testing of control systems for complex thermal/fluids experiments. In this role, you will contribute to the operation of test facilities for development of the Kairos Power Fluoride Salt-Cooled High Temperature Reactor (KP-FHR).


  • Building an understanding of Kairos Power’s existing and planned test facility instrumentation and control hardware and software.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot test facility bugs and malfunctions.
  • Building and expanding on automation functions for the Kairos power test facilities.
  • Document and communicate instrumentation and control issues and resolutions.
  • Work with Kairos Power test engineers to run simulant fluid thermal hydraulics experiments, molten salt-based materials experiments, and plant simulator experiments.
  • Design and implement automation control algorithms and data communications on existing systems.
  • Act as a liaison between the instrumentation and control and testing teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or similar discipline with strong background in automation and control systems.
  • Previous industry internships and/or research laboratory experience preferred.
  • Experience with control system software (LabVIEW, PLCs, etc.)
  • Ability to review, interpret, and understand Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&IDs) and electrical single line diagrams, ladder logic and structured text programming language is preferred.
  • Experience working in a laboratory or industrial environment on thermal/fluids testing is desirable, along with experience using associated laboratory equipment and hand tools.
  • Experience and coursework in areas such as: statistics, dynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, electrical/electronic control theory. 
  • Experience with control system analysis and design and OPC UA communication.
  • Proven team player with excellent verbal, written communication/presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with highly collaborative team and proven team player working with various teams
  • 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 

  • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, scissor lifts, and articulated boom lifts
  • Setting up and transferring temporary structures (e.g. scaffolding, ladders)
  • 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
  • Adjusting, moving, transporting, installing, positioning, or removing objects up to 25 pounds in all directions
  • Communicating with others to exchange information
  • Use hand tools
  • Repetitive assembly operations of manufacturing test fixtures and test setups in collaboration with engineering and manufacturing teams 

Environmental Conditions

  • General office environment
  • Odors or fumes from chemicals or chemical reactions
  • 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 (20%) 

Additional Requirements

  • Occasionally requires schedule flexibility
  • May occasionally require extended hours to support launch and critical project timelines

The salary range for this position is $71,400-$85,000 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

Kairos Power Headquarters Location

Alameda, CA

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Kairos Power Company Size

Between 100 - 500 employees

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  • Grant

    $16,320 USD