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Spark Thermionics Internship

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Positions: Test and measurement engineer
Location: Emeryville, CA
Innovation Area: Generation and Conversion
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

Our goal is to develop globally transformative heat-to-electricity conversion based on thermionics. Thermionic energy conversion has the potential to leapfrog competing methods, but has been largely neglected for decades. Spark is applying modern materials and 21st century microfabrication to form a new class of thermionic converters to enable efficient, modular power in a package that can be scaled from watts to megawatts.


The primary responsibility of this position is to test and characterize thermionic devices and components. Spark Thermionics is scaling up its production with the support of an award from the California Energy Commission. The internship will also provide the opportunity to help design and commission test equipment.

Who Should Apply

All majors are welcome. Apply if you:

  • Like solving ambitious, challenging problems
  • Want to develop your laboratory skills
  • Want your hard work to have direct and immediate impact

Required Expertise

Candidates should have exposure to laboratory methods, e.g. through prior internship experience, extracurriculars such as the Solar Car Project, or undergraduate coursework.

Preferred Skills/Majors

Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Physics / Materials Science / Chemistry. Ideally, candidates will have background in one or more of: machining, combustion, semiconductor devices (e.g. solar cell measurement), electronics, vacuum science.