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Lab Operations Manager

Zeno Power Systems

Zeno Power Systems

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

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.

Lab Operations Manager

Zeno is seeking a Lab Operations Manager at our Seattle, WA facility to ensure a safe operation and compliance with all local and state regulations.

• Purchase, receive, and maintain consumable and chemical inventories.

• Develop and manage other EH&S functions, (e.g. Industrial hygiene, construction safety, environmental, ergonomics, electrical safety, equipment safety)

• Support management of change activities for in-house procedures/production activities

• Assist with field-work. Participate with pre-job task planning and verification of controls/safeguards before starting work

• Facilitate incident investigations using a learning approach, and ensure preventative actions address root causes.

• Participate in Safety Walkdowns, inspections, corrective actions, Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs), procedure development and adherence, signage (HazCom), LOTO, safe work permits

• Develop and maintain Safety trainings, covering WA/Seattle Requirements, Chemical hygiene plan, hazardous waste collection

• Develop New Employee Safety Checklists, train new employees on lab processes, coach employees on best-practice environmental, health, and safety behavior

• Mange/Assist with management of contractors for improvement of Zeno facilities

• Serve as the primary interface with IT, Building Maintenance, Building Construction

Key Qualifications and Skills

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preference for technical degree programs

• 5+ years of experience working in a health and safety role with strong preference given to manufacturing, nuclear, biotech, chemical operations or similar environments. Preferred experience in clean energy

• Experience with interfacing with local, state or federal regulatory officials (e.g., OSHA inspectors, environmental regulators, local AHJs)

• Experience building and executing technical health and safety programs, including worker participation, management support, and program assessment

• Strong writing, presentation and communication skills

• Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical capabilities

• Knowledge of business management principles, practices, and procedures

• Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures

Job Functions

• 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: Travel may be required, 0-5%

• Location: Hybrid remote in Seattle, WA. In-office at least 3-4 days each week.

Compensation and Benefits

The anticipated salary band for this position is $90,000-$130,000. 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

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. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.