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Chemistry Technician (Contractor)

Zeno Power Systems

Zeno Power Systems

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 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.

Chemistry Technician - Contractor

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

  • Perform daily experiments under direction of Project Lead Chemist
  • Assist with documenting experimental procedures, hazards assessments, and results
  • Assist with literature searches and technical documentation
  • Prepare bulk solutions and in-house chemicals.
  • Prepare calibration standard solutions and samples for instrumental analyses.
  • Stock and monitor laboratory supplies.
  • Assist and support the Hardware lab and the Chemistry lab.
  • Support EH&S to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Help manage and facilitate chemical waste collection.
  • Assist with instrument and equipment maintenance and calibration.
  • Support Zeno Power Systems Safety Culture.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Associate's degree or higher in Chemistry or equivalent from accredited university
  • 2+ years of laboratory experience
  • Hands-on experience in disciplines related to analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and materials science
  • Experience working with radioactive materials is a plus
  • Ability to communicate across disciplines.
  • Ability to present data to diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform under pressure in an uncertain environment.
  • Must be a self-starter and possess the ability to coordinate and lead efforts with minimal direction.
  • Eagerness to learn.
  • Must have excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.

Job Functions

  • Position requires in-office presence in Seattle (South Lake Union) Monday-Friday.
  • Travel: Travel may be required, <10%
  • 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

Compensation and Benefits

The anticipated pay band for this position is $30-$45/hr. 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.

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).