Capacitor Design Engineer

at 
Zap Energy
Posted on 
21 Jan

Zap Energy is currently looking for a Capacitor Design Engineer to assist in the design, development, testing, troubleshooting and production of high-power capacitors in San Diego. This individual will be involved in research and development of new capacitor technologies that will be utilized in Zap’s pulsed power fusion plants. As needed, this position will also work with Zap Energy scientific, engineering, and technical staff on the design, assembly, and ongoing Zap Energy SFS Z-pinch fusion system projects. The ideal candidate is experienced in research and development and is an open to taking on new challenges in product development to create novel pulsed power capacitor solutions for Zap Energy fusion technologies. The candidate should be a creative problem solver, capable of working through scientific challenges and employing sound, research driven solutions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
- Responsibilities and Duties:Master capacitor design engineering practices to become capable of independently designing pulsed power capacitors
- Plan, write and organize experimental plans, and clearly present on capacitor research achievements and results
- Develop research plans to test and improve capacitor lifetime, repetition rate, and energy density for Zap’s fusion applications
- Create a detailed set of capacitor manufacturing procedures and work instructions, using experimental data
- Create design engineering rules documentation derived from experimental data
- Create complete manufacturing design package including assembly instructions, test instructions and a complete bill of materials for the production of new Zap capacitors
- Develop capacitor design software to optimize the capacitor design choice based on the derived design rules
- Perform and optimize all aspects of capacitor manufacturing including capacitor windings, arc spray, soldering, impregnation, and test
- Recurring travel to Everett, Washington to support fusion development

Qualifications and Skills:
- Required:MS, or PhD. Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics is desired
- Minimum of 4 years of experience in a research and development environment with a proven track record of success
- Experience developing scalable technologies in projects involving novel research
- Experience with surface analysis techniques including SEM, SEM/EDX, Microscopy, etc.
- Experience with electrical measurement techniques including Impedance Spectroscopy, conductivity, resistivity, etc.
- Experience using diagnostic equipment including an oscilloscope, LCR meter, multimeter, High voltage probes micrometer, analytic balance, vacuum equipment
- Works well in a team environment
- Proven ability to finish milestone tasks on time
- Outstanding attention to detail
- Preferred:Background in probability statistics
- Experience in high voltage pulsed power testing at voltages over 40 kV and pulsed currents of up to 200 kA
- Experience using circuit simulation software such as SPICE software
- Analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, SEM-EDX, DSC, TGA, Karl Fischer titration
- Characterization techniques such as UV-Vis, FTIR spectroscopy, etc.​ ​
- Benefits of joining Zap Energy:Competitive salary and benefits
- Premium medical / dental / vision insurance
- Flexible vacation and paid company holidays

The estimated salary range for this position is $120k-$175k. 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 California pay transparency requirements.

Job Description

Zap Energy is currently looking for a Capacitor Design Engineer to assist in the design, development, testing, troubleshooting and production of high-power capacitors in San Diego. This individual will be involved in research and development of new capacitor technologies that will be utilized in Zap’s pulsed power fusion plants. As needed, this position will also work with Zap Energy scientific, engineering, and technical staff on the design, assembly, and ongoing Zap Energy SFS Z-pinch fusion system projects. The ideal candidate is experienced in research and development and is an open to taking on new challenges in product development to create novel pulsed power capacitor solutions for Zap Energy fusion technologies. The candidate should be a creative problem solver, capable of working through scientific challenges and employing sound, research driven solutions.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
- Responsibilities and Duties:Master capacitor design engineering practices to become capable of independently designing pulsed power capacitors
- Plan, write and organize experimental plans, and clearly present on capacitor research achievements and results
- Develop research plans to test and improve capacitor lifetime, repetition rate, and energy density for Zap’s fusion applications
- Create a detailed set of capacitor manufacturing procedures and work instructions, using experimental data
- Create design engineering rules documentation derived from experimental data
- Create complete manufacturing design package including assembly instructions, test instructions and a complete bill of materials for the production of new Zap capacitors
- Develop capacitor design software to optimize the capacitor design choice based on the derived design rules
- Perform and optimize all aspects of capacitor manufacturing including capacitor windings, arc spray, soldering, impregnation, and test
- Recurring travel to Everett, Washington to support fusion development

Qualifications and Skills:
- Required:MS, or PhD. Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics is desired
- Minimum of 4 years of experience in a research and development environment with a proven track record of success
- Experience developing scalable technologies in projects involving novel research
- Experience with surface analysis techniques including SEM, SEM/EDX, Microscopy, etc.
- Experience with electrical measurement techniques including Impedance Spectroscopy, conductivity, resistivity, etc.
- Experience using diagnostic equipment including an oscilloscope, LCR meter, multimeter, High voltage probes micrometer, analytic balance, vacuum equipment
- Works well in a team environment
- Proven ability to finish milestone tasks on time
- Outstanding attention to detail
- Preferred:Background in probability statistics
- Experience in high voltage pulsed power testing at voltages over 40 kV and pulsed currents of up to 200 kA
- Experience using circuit simulation software such as SPICE software
- Analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, SEM-EDX, DSC, TGA, Karl Fischer titration
- Characterization techniques such as UV-Vis, FTIR spectroscopy, etc.​ ​
- Benefits of joining Zap Energy:Competitive salary and benefits
- Premium medical / dental / vision insurance
- Flexible vacation and paid company holidays

The estimated salary range for this position is $120k-$175k. 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 California pay transparency requirements.

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