R&D Fusion Device Operator

Zap Energy
Everett WA

Zap Energy is seeking a highly skilled Operator for our plasma-based fusion development platforms. This is a multi-disciplinary role, combining basic physics knowledge, electrical engineering, data acquisition & control, and experience with real time monitoring of complex industrial systems.    

The ideal candidate is familiar with operations at large research facilities, national laboratories and/or private industrial facilities. Familiarity with operations of particle accelerators or large plasma devices is preferred.  

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.  


  • Managing daily operations of Zap’s fusion development platforms
  • Preparing the laboratory space, pulsed power systems, vacuum-mechanical systems and instrumentation systems for operations
  • Collaborating with and supporting other engineering and scientific team members
  • Ensuring safety protocols and interlocks are properly checked
  • Installing and performing diagnostic tests on device acquisition systems
  • Troubleshooting automation, triggering and acquisition faults
  • Documenting inputs to online lab books
  • Monitoring safety of devices 

Required Qualifications:   

  • Education: B.S or M.S in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or related engineering or science discipline, or comparable experience
  • Years of experience: 2-5 years 
  • Knowledge of basic physics and electromagnetics
  • Exceptional analytical, critical thinking, troubleshooting, and problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Great organizational and time management abilities
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic, fast-paced team environment

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience at a large R&D facility 
  • Proficiency in project management
  • Trained radiation worker

Benefits of joining Zap Energy - While doing meaningful work is rewarding in itself, we also offer the following programs and benefits for all employees:   

  • Competitive pay and benefits   
  • Premium medical / dental / vision insurance   
  • Flexible vacation and paid company holidays  

The estimated hourly range for this position is $30-40/hr. Candidates may be considered for other positions at Zap Energy and actual salary will be based on relevant education, experience, and other qualifications.  Range is published in accordance with Washington Equal Pay and Opportunity Act.  

Zap Energy is building a low-cost, compact, and scalable fusion energy platform that confines and compresses plasma without the need for expensive and complex magnetic coils. Zap’s sheared-flow-stabilized Z-pinch technology provides compelling fusion economics and requires orders of magnitude less capital than conventional approaches. Zap Energy has approximately 150 team members in multiple facilities near Seattle and is backed by leading financial and strategic investors.

Zap Energy Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.   

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