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Project Engineer

Zeno Power Systems

Zeno Power Systems

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023

Company Overview

Zeno Power’s (Zeno) mission is to provide clean, plug-and-play power anywhere in the universe. To do that, Zeno is developing a next-generation radioisotope power system (RPS) that generates carbon-free, resilient power for decades, utilizing material found in nuclear waste. Zeno’s technology is both light-weight and cost-effective compared to historic RPS, opening up broad market opportunities in space and terrestrially. To bring this breakthrough technology to market, Zeno is seeking out purpose-driven and innovative professionals who are comfortable working in a startup environment. Team members will have a direct impact in enabling commercial and national security missions from the depths of our oceans, to the surface of the moon, and in austere environments here on Earth.

Zeno is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Project Engineer

Zeno is seeking a highly motivated Radioisotope Power System Project Engineer (PE) in our Seattle office to support our VP of Engineering and broader team and is responsible for leadership of technical and engineering aspects of their assigned projects. As a PE, this role will plan, schedule, predict, and manage technical tasks of their assigned project(s) to assure accuracy, proper resources, and quality from start to finish.

  • Defines and interprets high level engineering performance requirements for projects, systems, or missions.
  • Generate, review, and/or approve technical work products (analyses, requirements documentation, trade studies, chemistry development, etc) for assigned projects with required technical adequacy and accuracy.
  • Support Fuel Development activities, with a particular focus on establishing qualification path and experiments for various fuel forms.
  • Support analytical methods development, implementation, and process improvement.
  • Support planning, content development, execution, and close out of project design reviews.
  • Identify, assign, and ensure proper execution of technical, equipment, and facility needs within assigned projects.
  • Work with suppliers, customers, and other external and internal stakeholders.
  • Oversee and manage sub-contractors within assigned projects who perform technical work scopes.
  • Responsible for identifying, ensuring, and assessing the environmental, safety, health, radiation and contamination, and quality assurance regulations, policies and procedures applicable to assigned projects.
  • Prepare technical briefings for customer and leadership team, and technical papers for meetings and conferences.
  • Responsible for the design, development and test of systems, life cycle support, technical goals and objectives, and requirement analysis of assigned projects.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelors degree in nuclear engineering or related engineering field and 12+ years of experience. Years experience may be adjusted for candidates with advanced degrees.
  • Experience with radioisotope power systems for space applications preferred.
  • Modeling and simulation experience in codes such as MCNP, ANSYS, or similar codes.
  • Proven work experience as a PE or Principal Investigator (PI) preferred.
  • Expert level knowledge in the execution of First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) technical development programs.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter and possess ability to coordinate and lead a design team’s effort with minimal direction.
  • Ability to manage design activities that include many competing objectives and design constraints, with ability to resolve conflicts between objectives.
  • Ability to manage and support numerous simultaneous tasks that require a multi-disciplinary approach.


Job Functions

  • Position requires in-office presence in Seattle (South Lake Union) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, remote work is optional on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Motor Abilities: Sitting/standing for extended periods, gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical requirements: Ability to safely lift up to 15 pounds
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio
  • Work Conditions: Typing, standing/sitting working environment of >8 hr/day
  • Travel: <15%

Compensation and Benefits

The anticipated salary band for this position is $150,000-215,000. The final job level and compensation will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, years of relevant experience, skills, qualifications, certifications, and other business considerations.

In addition to competitive compensation, we also offer a generous benefits package, which includes:

  • Stock options
  • Flexible paid time off
  • 401k plan with employer match
  • 16 weeks of paid family leave
  • Annual employee wellness reimbursement and office supply stipend
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Relocation assistance

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Export Control

Applicants for employment at Zeno Power must be a U.S. person. The term “U.S. Person” means (i) a U.S citizen or U.S. national; or (ii) any natural person who is a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e., holds a Green Card), as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or as a “protected individual” defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) (i.e., admitted as a refugee or is granted asylum).