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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advisor, Cyber Security Operations in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309958

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Mission Alignment

Job Description

This position serves as a leader in PNNL’s growing information analytics and cyber security portfolio, with a focus on providing technical guidance, program leadership, and relationship management with sponsors across the US Government. You will serve as a strategic liaison across PNNL’s diverse technical teams, relying on your creativity, vision, and influence to develop integrative capabilities at the intersection of multiple disciplines. You will lead or contribute to key project activities and will be sought after within the Laboratory to set technical direction and to represent PNNL in engagements with senior leaders across the Laboratory complex, with Government stakeholders, and with the private sector. You will identify new challenges, perform assessment of alternatives, and establish concurrence on recommended solutions; your decisions will guide programmatic directions inside and outside the Laboratory. You will identify and lead multi-institution partnerships and inform sponsor strategies, demonstrating national-level influence in framing solutions to critical security challenges.

You are responsible for ensuring that PNNL’s capabilities are aligned with national and global trends and you select methods and techniques to develop new solutions for PNNL sponsor organizations. You will create and maintain relationships with senior sponsors to identify future business opportunities, devising and conducting business development activities across the breadth of PNNL’s sponsor set in NNSA, DOD, DHS, and Special Programs organizations.

Specific duties include:

  • Responsible for high-level program execution for key cyber operations and physical security programs – identifying scope, building and leading teams, defining new opportunities and risks and creating approaches to overcome them.

  • Ensure that PNNL’s national security R&D capabilities are aligned with the strategies of sponsor organizations.

  • Define and execute clear and compelling growth strategies across the research, engineering, and operations lifecycle. Interact with senior executives at sponsor locations and with PNNL leadership to identify and shape future opportunities. Work closely with US Government sponsors to design and execute new programs in areas that may include cyber defense, cyber operations, control systems security, multi-source data analytics, cloud and other topics.

  • Collaborate with PNNL staff to identify and address capability gaps and connect sponsor requirements with PNNL technical expertise, and drive adoption of PNNL technologies in sponsor organizations. Serve as a program manager for key analytics and cyber security activities, responsible for defining and executing technical scope and leading cross-functional teams.

  • Serve as a senior mentor, helping to develop technical and leadership competencies among PNNL staff.

  • Build high-performing project teams across all of PNNL’s capability areas, and supporting these teams by efficiently translating technical requirements from sponsors into actionable guidance.

  • Recommending strategies and resources to apply to meet program goals, and working with stakeholders at PNNL and its sponsors to negotiate concurrence on solutions.

Success will be measured by increased mission impact, growth in programmatic resources at PNNL, new innovation in analytics and cyber security, and growth in personnel capabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 10 or more years of relevant experience, Master's degree plus 6 or more years of experience, or PhD plus 3 or more years of experience. Any equivalent combination of education and/or demonstrated relevant experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A demonstrated record of innovation and experience in leading applied research or operational programs.

  • Ability to identify and interact with funding sponsors, prepare program proposals, and help generate future R&D or mission application directions.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work within and lead interdisciplinary teams, and experience in a variety of sponsor mission settings.

  • Reputation for integrity and trust.

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

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.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Mission Alignment

Opening Date: 2019-10-07

Closing Date: 2019-10-26