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Quality Innovation Engineer - Kairos Power

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Job Title
Quality Innovation Engineer
Job Location
Alameda, CA or Albuquerque, NM
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 

Reporting to the Director of Reliability Engineering and Quality Assurance, the Quality Innovation Engineer aids the organization in quality innovation for the Kairos Power fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR). The Quality Innovation Engineer supports implementation and execution of Kairos Power’s ANS 15.8 quality assurance (QA) program, including requirements for design, testing, component manufacturing, construction, and operations. The Quality Innovation Engineer develops QA strategies, QA training modules, and performs supplier assessment activities.


  • Partner with Kairos teams responsible for development and implementation of Kairos Power’s ANS 15.8 QA program, including design control, test control, records management, training, internal assessments, and supplier evaluation
  • Assist in QA program development and implementation through direct contributions and through coaching/training other responsible members of the Kairos team
  • Provide cross-functional guidance across multiple teams to enable innovative approaches to meeting quality requirements during the design, procurement, build, and operational phases of reactor projects
  • Capture lessons learned from the technology development design-build-test cycles by writing Operating Experience narratives, coaching/mentoring others to prepare narratives, and participating in cause analysis
  • Develop technology insights through hands-on experience in hardware build and test operations
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering, Reliability, Mechanical, Materials, Chemical or similar discipline. Master’s and PhD candidates preferred 
  • Experience with data analysis/automation (or ability to develop further experience in) R, RMarkdown, Python, git, LaTeX, Bash/Shell/Batch scripting, Docker, VS Code, GitHub, etc.
  • Experience with ANS 15.8 research and test reactor QA program implementation and execution strongly preferred
  • Preferred experience working with high temperature salt systems or other hazardous processes, and implementing appropriate safety and process controls
  • Preferred experience in hardware research and development
  • Preferred experience in a hardware production environment for established technologies
  • Preferred experience with nuclear commercial grade dedication
  • Proven team player with excellent verbal and written communication/presentation
  • Ability to work with highly collaborative team
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently
  • Prioritizes and ensures safety of one self 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
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another
  • 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


  • Some travel may be required, up to 20% 

Additional Requirements

  • Occasionally requires working weekends
  • Occasionally 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 $102,600-$120,700 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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Kairos Power Total Amount Raised


Kairos Power Funding Rounds

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  • Grant

    $16,320 USD