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Zap Energy

Zap Energy

Software Engineering
Everett, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024

Zap Energy is currently seeking Research Engineers to help develop the next generation Z-pinch fusion device and its associated experiment systems. Research Engineers will be involved at all stages of development and operation of ultra-high vacuum systems, plasma-facing electrodes, high-performance gas puff valves, plasma diagnostics, mechanical structures and devices, and other experiment systems. Zap Energy offers Research Engineers the opportunity to work with broad focus, own their work, and participate in a dynamic, team-based fusion energy research environment.

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


  • Design, build, test, and operation of devices for fusion energy research, including one or more of the following:

  • ultra-high vacuum systems

  • plasma-facing electrodes

  • high-performance gas puff valves

  • plasma diagnostics

  • mechanical structures and devices

  • Operation of fusion z-pinch devices

  • Development of laboratory infrastructure and processes



  • Education: BS degree in Aerospace / Mechanical / Electrical Engineering or Physics

  • Experience: 3-7 years

  • computer aided design (CAD), SolidWorks preferred

  • experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • ultra-high vacuum systems (pumps, gauges, RGAs, and operations)

  • electrode design, materials selection and evaluation

  • gas puff valves and other fluid systems

  • design and fabrication of mechanical structures and devices

  • plasma science


  • MS degree in Aerospace / Mechanical / Electrical Engineering or Physics

  • experience with finite element analysis (e.g. COMSOL or ANSYS)

  • experience with basic electronics, electrical fabrication, AC power

  • experience with mechanical fabrication methods (lathes, mills, drill presses, etc.)

  • experience with high voltage and pulsed power

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 salary and benefits

  • Premium medical / dental / vision insurance

  • Flexible vacation and paid company holidays

The estimated salary range for this position is $90k-130k. 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.

Questions on this position can be sent to [email protected].