FEA Engineer, Structural Materials


Location: Alameda, CA

Type: Full Time

ExpMin. Experience: Mid Level

Job Summary:


Reporting to the Director, Modeling and Simulation (M/S), the FEA engineer, Structural Materials, will actively participate in the development and qualification of structural materials M/S tools and models used for the design and licensing of the Kairos Power fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR). The FEA Engineer will also be responsible for the development of new design-by-analysis methodologies for structural materials and the support the Design and Engineering and the Safety Analysis teams with their FEA needs.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Implement, calibrate, verify and validate numerical models for structural graphite and steel materials;
  • Perform thermal, mechanical and thermal-mechanical of metallic and graphite systems, structures and components (SSCs) using FEA to support the Design and Engineering and the Safety Analysis teams;
  • Develop new design-by-analysis methodologies and implement existing standardized design-by-analysis methodologies for stress and failure analyses of metallic and graphite SSCs;
  • Support uncertainty quantification (UQ) efforts for Kairos structural material models;
  • Support Software Quality Assurance (SQA) implementation;
  • Support software and hardware acquisition activities, including cloud computing resources;
  • Support management and work program leadership in meeting company’s licensing milestones and deliverables;


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of Finite Element Methods and other spatial and time discretization techniques for partial differential equation (PDE) systems;
  • Strong experience in the development of scientific codes and softwares using C++, Fortran, python or similar programming languages;
  • Ansys or Abaqus experience required; APDL or UMAT experience strongly preferred;
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas highly preferred: uncertainty quantification, verification and validation, model calibration;
  • Experience/knowledge in Computational Materials Science and/or Computational Solid Mechanics applied to metallic and ceramic SSCs for high temperature applications highly preferred;
  • Entrepreneurial, flexible, open to new ideas, collaborative in nature with full buy-in to the Kairos Power mission;
  • Proven team player with excellent verbal, written communication/presentation, and interpersonal skills; must be able to interact and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.


Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD or MS with equivalent PhD experience in Applied Mathematics, Materials Science, Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering or related field;
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with Finite Element Methods applied to graphite and/or metallic SSCs;


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in high performance computing and managing software;
  • Experience with material systems operating at high temperature and under irradiation.


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, 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 that we do business in.  Kairos Power, LLC. 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.

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