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Energy Security and Resilience Engineer


Job Description

Job ID: 308042
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

PNNL’s National Security Directorate (NSD) is the steward of the Laboratory's assets to help "prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction." NSD provides the tools and technologies to support the detection of weapons of mass destruction, help the United States manage its nonproliferation treaties, and secure our nation's borders.

The National Security Directorate’s Operational Readiness and Assurance (ORA) group is responsible for assuring the readiness, sustainability, and resilience of critical national security operations and infrastructure. ORA stewards capabilities associated with mission assurance, and the operations and maintenance stage of the systems engineering lifecycle. Working with stakeholders, ORA prepares and equips end users to operate, sustain, and withstand disruption to mission critical systems and infrastructure. Operational sustainment and resilience is achieved and transitioned through instructional systems, knowledge transfer, logistics innovation, reliability engineering, vulnerability assessment, and complex supply chain and infrastructure interdependency analysis.
ORA’s Infrastructure & Supply Chain Analysis Team applies modeling and analysis of complex infrastructure systems and their intersections to predict and quantify the impacts and consequences of a disruption, ensure operational readiness, and evaluate mitigation options to enhance resilience of critical infrastructure systems, defense missions, and strategic resources. The team includes subject matter expertise in military logistics, earth systems, and multiple critical infrastructure sectors. Capabilities include the ability to identify, collect and analyze large data sets, use inferencing techniques for sparse data, simulate hazards, determine fragility of infrastructure components related to a hazard, apply physics-based equations to simulate infrastructure conditions, and evaluate mitigation options.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking a candidate to provide impactful contributions to the development and evaluation of scientific and engineered solutions to research related to energy security and resilience. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists who focus on developing modeling and simulation techniques to understand impacts to interdependent infrastructure systems. The successful candidate will specifically be responsible for the conceptualization and development of new approaches and the utilization of existing tools to quantify energy infrastructure performance relative to a wide array of vulnerabilities. The incumbent will be expected to be well versed in the fundamentals of power systems engineering, distributed energy resources, energy storage systems, and the operation of energy infrastructure systems, and have the ability to craft novel metrics to quantify performance of these systems under non-stationary, adverse conditions. This will require the candidate to be familiar with engineering design, operation, maintenance and response concepts. The successful candidate will be required to prepare manuscripts for publication and present their work both internally and externally at national conferences. The successful candidate will be comfortable working with a diverse set of research staff and project tasks, and possess the appropriate analytic, task management, and communication skills (both oral and written) to clearly articulate the objectives and outcomes of their research.

The incumbent will work as a technical contributor under the guidance of senior scientists and engineers, and will be responsible for performing the following technical tasks with the level of quality, timeliness, and cost, to meet required project and client expectations:
- Applies basic science and engineering theories to well defined tasks with minimal oversight.
- Builds and maintains effective internal relationships on individual or team level.
- Receives instruction on required tasks and reports results on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff.
- Takes initiative to set personal direction and goals.
- Team across Directorates to incorporate PNNL electric power capabilities into NSD missions.
- Contributes portions of technical proposals, project reports, scientific and technical products, and journal papers.
- Assist with conceptualization, development, validation of physically-based models representing infrastructure systems and interdependencies.

In addition to high-quality support for clients (both internal and external), a critical part of the position is the ability to quickly and effectively develop and demonstrate skills and abilities that will lead to growth in responsibilities and career progression.

The successful candidate will be accountable to:
- Project and/or Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project, field, and laboratory procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget.
- The Operational Readiness and Assurance Group Manager and Infrastructure and Supply Chain Analysis Team Lead for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

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 0-1 years of experience; MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience.
- Requires conceptual knowledge of scientific or engineering theories, practices, and procedures in the area of power systems engineering.

Preferred Qualifications

- Master's degree in technically relevant discipline (e.g., engineering, computer science, data science, environmental science, etc.)
- Demonstrated knowledge of energy security and resilience research and familiarity with associated modeling and simulation tools.
- Programming experience (e.g., Java, C, Python)
- Experience in cloud deployment of physics-based software solutions

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308042
Directorate: National Security
Division: Operational Systems & Technology
Group: Operational Readiness & Assurance

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.