PNNL Careers

PhD Intern - Power Systems (Cyber Focus)

RICHLAND, WA
Master's and PhD Level Internships


Job Description

Job ID: 307297
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

The intern will be required to mostly work independently to accomplish their assigned tasks based on appropriate technical guidance from their mentor. The intern will be expected to interact occasionally with other team members on their projects proactively to accomplish assigned tasks as needed.

The intern will be required to assist in the setup and configuration of a smart grid testbed for specific cybersecurity experimentation. This will include the integration of grid simulators with SCADA software/hardware. The intern will also be required to work on designing and conducting experiments to generate cyber and physical system data from the testbed appropriately. The intern will be expected to assist in the development of technical reports/publications based on the tasks performed.
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Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
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Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
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Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a student pursuing a PhD degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering with a strong background in power system operations, modeling, and cyber-physical testbeds. The candidate should have good proficiency and experience working with real-time simulation platforms (e.g. – Opal-RT). In addition, the candidate should have some familiarity and experience in configuring industry-grade SCADA hardware and software systems. The ideal candidate will work independently to accomplish assigned tasks and also be capable of working collaboratively and productively in a team depending on the task at hand. The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills to articulate their work to others effectively and document them in the form of appropriate technical reports/publications.

A PhD student in Electrical/Computer Engineering with a background in grid cybersecurity is ideally preferred. The candidate should be close to completing their graduate degree and should have had prior experience in working on smart grid cybersecurity testbeds.

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred
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Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307297
Directorate: Energy and Environment
Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings
Group: Electricity Infrastructure
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