The next-generation nuclear reactors will power its data centers and AI ambitions, according to a job listing for a principal program manager who will lead the company’s nuclear energy strategy.
The role nuclear energy ought to play in combatting climate change is still hotly debated.
Bill Gates has long been a fan of the technology.
But there are still kinks to work out if Microsoft wants to rely on SMRs to power the data centers where its cloud and AI live.
Nuclear energy doesn’t create greenhouse gas emissions, but it could also open up a whole new can of worms when it comes to handling radioactive waste and building up a uranium supply chain.
Microsoft is hiring someone to lead project initiatives for all aspects of nuclear energy infrastructure for global growth.
The company is specifically looking for someone who can roll out a plan for small modular reactors (SMR).
Small modular reactors are more economical and easier to build than larger ones.
They can also be more highly enriched than traditional reactors.