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Power System Cyber Security Engineer


Job Description

Job ID: 308013
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

If you want your legacy to have meaningful impact for the greater good and work in support of an organization that addresses some of today’s most challenging problems that face Our Nation, then you need to join us!
For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. With diverse science capabilities and decades of experience in cybersecurity, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is committed to help address the newest threat to our Nation, grid and infrastructure cyber attacks. Help us advance this frontier, delivering “first of a kind” solutions to protect our nation!

The Electricity Infrastructure Group is currently seeking a Power Systems Research Engineer with a background in power systems and knowledge in cybersecurity for energy systems. The position will focus on making technical contributions to ongoing research projects in cybersecurity for energy systems, writing technical papers and reports, and generating new ideas and research avenues. The desired engineer will:
- Provide technical leadership and subject matter expertise with a focus on cybersecurity as it relates to operation of electric grid including operations, markets, and planning.
- Assist the development of new business by contributing to or leading proposals.
- Work with colleagues and external collaborators to develop innovative solutions to emerging challenges facing the power industry.
- Lead and manage small- to medium-sized projects or tasks.
- Assist senior management in developing technical strategies.
- Effectively communicate with senior engineers to ensure high-quality delivery of research projects on budget and on time.
- Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, etc.
- Mentor and direct junior staff in various projects.
- Present and promote PNNL research agenda and products in professional communities, e.g., IEEE, CIGRE, industry workshops, etc.

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 with at least 5+ years of experience, or a Master's degree with 3+ years of experience, or a PhD with 1+ years of experience.
- Technical expertise in power systems and security of power systems.
- Cyber security experience, with researching, building or implementing OT relevant cybersecurity policies, controls. Network or host based experience with scanning/ assessment tools, monitoring, pen testing, network protocols preferred.
- Proficient in (a) power system generation, transmission and load simulation and/or modeling; (b) power system market simulation and/or modeling; and/or (c) generation, transmission and/or load control design and modeling.
- Experience with multiple power systems packages such as PSLF, PSS/E, PSCAD, PowerWorld, DSA Tools, GAMS, MATPOWER, PROMOD, Plexos, etc.
- Experience with network simulators such as ns-3, Mininet, Common Open Research Emulator (CORE), etc.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with 3+ years of experience;
- Experience with power industry in variable energy integration
- Strong publication record
- Knowledge and experience in power system networks, dynamics, modeling and simulation; and
- Strong programming ability, e.g., python, C++, JAVA, MATLAB, etc.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308013
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings
Group: Electricity Infrastructure