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Zeno Power Systems

Zeno Power Systems

Software Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024

Company Overview

Zeno Power’s 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 clean, resilient power for decades. Zeno’s technology is both light-weight and cost-effective relative to historic RPSs, 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.


Zeno is seeking a highly motivated Chemist to support the lab based efforts of developing and bringing to market Radioisotope Power System (RPS) technologies. In this role you will:

  • Work with chemicals and, in the future, radioactive materials in a laboratory setting.
  • Conduct research of organic and inorganic substances, with a focus on developing new chemical processing capabilities.
  • Perform testing and analysis on existing compounds to capture properties, characteristics, and compatibility with new or existing RPS systems and technologies.
  • Prepare, issue, and present on relevant experimental process, results, and conclusions.
  • Prepare samples for analysis using analytical instrumentation.
  • Plan, perform, and oversee a broad range of experiments from research to quality controlled process execution.
  • Oversee subcontractor chemistry work to ensure process methodology remains aligned with product needs, experiments are designed and run to Zeno quality expectations and standards, and review experimental data and process flow sheets prior to Zeno acceptance.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • B.S. in Chemistry with 8+ years of relevant industry experience, M.S. in Chemistry with 6+ years of relevant industry experience, or PhD with 4+ years relevant industry experience.
  • Strong inorganic chemistry experience desired.
  • Experience performing leadership functions in a laboratory is required.
  • Experience working in glovebox and/or hot cell environments is desired.
  • Experience working with radiological material is desired.
  • Experience managing analytical equipment in a laboratory setting is desired.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter and possess ability to coordinate and lead laboratory efforts with minimal direction.
  • Able to meet deadlines and perform under pressure in an uncertain environment.
  • Ability to clearly demonstrate the ability to work either independently or as part of a team.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Compensation and Benefits

The anticipated salary band for this position is $115,000-160,000. 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
  • Health care reimbursement
  • Relocation assistance

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.
  • Travel: Travel is required, 10-15%
  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 15 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day

    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).