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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Cyber Security Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310281

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing & Analytics

Group: Cyber Security

Job Description

We are looking for a motivated Cyber Security Engineer to join our team who will partner with a variety of researchers, analysts, and others to develop solutions for a variety of cyber security problems by applying, leveraging and influencing industry best practices.¿ This position requires both a sound understanding of fundamental cyber security principles and the ability to apply those fundamentals to real problems.

Job duties include, but are not limited to,

  • Developing customized solutions for assessing, red teaming, penetration testing software and devices.

  • Creating and executing security test cases to standards for the purposes of testing the security posture of systems

  • Devising, developing and maintaining cyber security assessment environments that meet the needs of varied system technologies.

The successful candidate will possess unique knowledge of the cyber security space, applying security principles and understand the application of risk mitigation strategies.¿

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level II : Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Level III: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in computer science, computer engineering, or closely related field and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s Degree in computer science or closely related field, or a PhD in computer science or closely related field

  • Relevant experience is defined as:

  • Demonstrated engineering skills and/or professional publications in the field of cyber security

  • Advanced level knowledge in computer science, cyber security, and knowledge of programming languages

  • Experience with hardware or software deconstruction, design, or reverse engineering

  • Must have demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with clients and laboratory scientific staff and management

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS in computer science or related discipline and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience; or a MS degree and a minimum of 3 years of professional experience, or a PhD and a minimum of 1 year of professional experience

  • Ability to communicate technical concepts

  • Basic red team or blue team experience

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

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

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Cyber Security - NSD

Opening Date: 2020-01-07

Closing Date: 2020-05-05