Structural Engineer (Geotechnical)



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

Position Description

A Structural Engineer with a Geotechnical focus at Oklo is responsible for the design and analysis of earthworks projects as well as collaborating with the engineering team on design of the foundation for buildings and structural components.

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Design structural foundations and perform analyses of the interface between the foundation and the structure considering live loads, dead loads, and environmental loads such as wind, thermal, and seismic.
  • Design berms, slope retention, engineering backfill and other earthwork projects that allow for land use efficiency, energy efficiency, and cost minimization.
  • Familiar with industry codes and standards such as IBC, ASCE, AISC, ACI, AWS, ASME, etc.
  • Develop site investigations and site preparations strategies that meet building code requirements and result in cost minimization.
  • Support EPC and A&E relationships, collaborate with our operations team and site contractors on site investigations and site preparations.
  • Collaborate with our operations team and engineering, procurement, and construction contractor on site preparations.
  • 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
  • Passionate about making advanced fission a reality
  • Willing and able to learn quickly
  • Eager to work on a dynamic team, receive constructive feedback, and grow with us
  • Willing to think differently and do things in new ways
  • 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
  • Willing to propose novel and creative solutions to technical problems
  • An excellent writer who can write in modern active voice, so make your cover letter compelling and write it well!
  • Able to communicate technical content and results verbally

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, analysis, and development of earthworks projects in different soil types
  • Experience with building construction methods, building systems, and cost implications
  • Experience with finite element analysis software for static and dynamic analysis (e.g., ANSYS, STRUDL, STAAD, SAP2000, MathCad, or SAFE)
  • Familiarity with seismic isolation and construction in permafrost preferred

About Oklo compensation:

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

Salary: $70,000-$150,000

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.