Structural Engineer



Software Engineering
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2023
Thanks for your interest in Oklo! We are searching for a Structural Engineer to join our team.

Position Description

A structural engineer at Oklo is responsible for design, analysis, and construction of buildings and structural components.

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Design and evaluate structural elements for components within the reactor with considerations of other complex phenomena such as irradiation, high temperatures, etc.
  • Design structural elements of a building and other large, static structures, including structural framing and the foundation system.
  • Develop structural designs that consider energy efficiency, feasibility of construction, building code requirements, and cost minimization.
  • Familiar with industry codes and standards such as IBC, ASCE, AISC, ACI, AWS, ASME, etc.
  • Analyze structural elements to predict the impact of live load, dead load, and environmental loads such as wind, thermal, and seismic.
  • Use structural analysis to propose changes and iterate on the design of structural elements.
  • Provide input on construction-site investigation.
  • Collaborate with our engineering team and contracted architects to develop construction plans and blueprints.
  • Collaborate with our operations team to create and manage a construction project.
  • Document work using modern tools and techniques, and write well-written, thoughtful technical reports.


We are looking for a structural engineer that is:

  • Passionate about clean energy and making advanced fission a reality
  • Knowledgeable about structural design, analysis, and construction
  • Eager to work on a dynamic team, receive constructive feedback, and grow with us
  • Willing to think differently and learn quickly
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, highly iterative startup environment
  • Excited to think creatively, critically, and reflectively about the problems they are solving, while not leaning only on what has been done before
  • An excellent writer who can communicate technical concepts in modern active voice

Who you are:

A startup person: You aren't driven by titles or hierarchy, and prefer efficiency to excess process. You don't need or expect to have a lot of guidance but you enjoy working in a fast-paced team. If you prefer the culture and feel of a large organization, that is great, but you likely won't enjoy working with us! There is plenty of important work and plenty of good opportunities with organizations like that.

Motivated: You are self-motivated. You bring an enthusiasm to the team, and imbue a sense of passion that goes beyond clocking in and clocking out. This isn't about a fake or arbitrary "pieces of flair" mentality or lack of work-life balance! It is about being a part of the vision and feeling a part of reaching team goals.

A team-player: Oklo genuinely is a team. We aren't about taking credit for ourselves, and we aren't about pushing blame to others. We do incredible things because we work as a team.

An excellent communicator: We need a person who is not only technically competent but also a clear and upbeat communicator.

Creative: Being creative means that when things fall outside clear scopes or processes or problems arise without clear solutions, you are able to identify it as well as invent ways to solve a problem or fill a need without micromanagement. The successful person in this job will not only be creative, but also enjoy being creative and solving open-ended problems which may change day-by-day.

Detail-oriented: This focus is a big part of excellence, consistency, and quality. Excellent grammar and spelling matter for both good communication as well as the image of the company that we put forward.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in civil, structural, or mechanical engineering
  • Experience in structural design and analysis, especially with metals, concrete, and high thermal loads
  • General knowledge of building construction methods, building systems, and cost implications
  • Experience with CAD or 3D modeling software
  • Experience with finite element analysis software for static and dynamic analysis such as ANSYS, LS-DYNA, Abaqus, COMSOL, Nastran, etc.

About Oklo compensation:

Salary: $70,000-$150,000

Salary may fall outside of the range provided and will be dependent on applicant experience.

Oklo offers flexible time off, equity, competitive pay, 401k, health insurance, FSA, flexible work hours, and other benefits.

We are looking to fill this position immediately!

About Oklo Inc.: Oklo is a California-based company developing clean energy plants to provide emission-free, reliable, and affordable energy using advanced fission. Oklo is a fast-growing startup with a history of reliable funding and milestones for more than 5 years. Oklo's first product is a microgrid scale powerhouse. The powerhouse can produce clean energy for decades without needing to refuel, and also has the capability to turn nuclear waste into clean energy.

Oklo received a Site Use Permit from the U.S Department of Energy, demonstrated fabrication of its fuel, was awarded fuel from the Idaho National Laboratory, and submitted the first accepted advanced fission license application to the regulator.

Oklo has been featured in Popular Mechanics, Wired, Architectural Digest, Hyperallergic, POWER Magazine, has been the subject of a Harvard Business School case, and was featured in the documentary The New Fire, among many other features.