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Senior Cyber Security Engineer

Computation and Information Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: 307611
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

This Cyber Security Engineer position serves as a technical leader in PNNL’s growing cyber security portfolio, with a focus on providing technical expertise, guidance, and project leadership for federal projects.

As a Senior Cyber Security Engineer, you are recognized for your unique knowledge as a technical expert and use that expertise to guide the successful completion of major programs. You are a key contributor to proposals and lead the development of novel technical approaches to solving complex cyber security challenges for IT, OT, and/or embedded systems, networks, and hardware.

You will collaborate with PNNL staff to identify sponsor gaps and you will drive the development of solutions for sponsor organizations. You will build or expand relationships with other DOE labs to collaborate on large-scale projects of national importance. You maintain strong awareness of trends in sponsor organizations and the external cyber security landscape, and advise PNNL on developing strategies to respond to those trends.

You are self-directed and will function independently with high level direction. You are proactive about seeking out new opportunities and opening new doors, including seeking out and cultivating potential partnerships in areas where PNNL’s research and development can be introduced. You will mentor other staff and will facilitate collaboration between PNNL teams.

You report to the Technical Group Manager for Cyber Security and have accountability to program managers and sector managers across the National Security Directorate, helping to establish and execute cyber security programs.

Operating on the data-information-knowledge continuum, staff at PNNL employ diverse methods to confront significant problems of national interest—from distilling distributed data into knowledge that supports decision processes, to enabling resilient technologies that enhance computing at extreme scales, to equipping cyber defenders with tools that prevent damaging cyber-attacks.

Our research portfolio—spanning from basic to applied—includes data and computational engineering, high-performance computing, applied mathematics, semantic and human language technologies, machine learning, data and computing architectures, systems integration, and software and application development.

Computing researchers and practitioners work side by side to apply advanced theories, methods, algorithms, models, evaluation tools and testbeds, and computational-based solutions address complex scientific challenges affecting energy, biological sciences, the environment, and national security.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree plus 9-13 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 7-11 years of experience; JD or PhD with 4-8 years of experience; MD with 0-3 years of experience. An equivalent combination of education and/or demonstrated relevant experience may be considered.
- Demonstrated expertise in one or more sub-disciplines of cyber security, such as incident response, threat hunting, cyber intelligence, embedded/control systems security, reverse engineering, technical assessments, or other areas.

Preferred Qualifications

- Technical degree in engineering, mathematics, computing or related scientific field.
- Additional specialized continuing education or professional certifications in cyber security or associated fields is preferred.
- Demonstrated ability in leading a multifaceted team of researchers, developing technical concepts.
- A demonstrated record of innovation and experience in growing applied research or operational programs is strongly desired. You must have the ability to identify and interact with funding sponsors, prepare program proposals, and help generate future R&D or mission application directions. This requires excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work within and lead interdisciplinary teams, and a strong orientation toward advancing the state of PNNL technical capabilities and its reputation with sponsors.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307611
Directorate: National Security
Division: Computing and Analytics
Group: Cyber Security

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.

* U.S. Citizenship
* Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
* Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.