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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Cyber Security Researcher in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312177

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing and Analytics

Group: Cyber Security - NSD

Job Description

PNNL is looking for a cyber security researcher who is a thought leader and cyber security domain expert with a proven track record in advanced wireless communications or 5G technology, who can lead initiatives and teams. Key cyber security researcher competencies and activities include:

  • Designs and develops new systems, applications, and solutions for external customer's emerging technology and architecture including 5G mobile technology, cyber systems and networks.

  • Leads the development of detailed recommendations, designs, and roadmaps for network and service solutions based on different use cases for 5G, working closely with cross-functional SMEs

  • Applies scientific rigor to contribute to greater understanding of the cyber security domain. Helps define, describe, and predict behavior for discoveries in cyber systems

  • Conceives and develops hypotheses, new methods, techniques or approaches to address critical cyber security technical problems

  • May interface as a cyber security domain expert with external entities including law enforcement, intelligence and other government organizations and agencies; Leader and/or key contributor of technical initiatives, teams and projects

  • Has wide-ranging experience in the cyber security field and uses that knowledge and experience to meet mission objectives, innovate and solve complex challenges in creative and effective ways

A successful candidate is a curious, continually learning cyber security professional who will translate their expertise and passion in the cyber security field to research and solutions that are important to our sponsors and cyber security defenders. Your expertise, leadership and creativity will enhance an innovation culture and find solutions to hard problems in cyber security.

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

Level IV: Leads organizational teams by assigning operational tasks/projects/functions to proactively identify and promote new capabilities. Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of large proposals. Takes lead in scope, schedule, and budget for projects or large tasks Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Mentors staff and peers. Lead author or developer on a significant number of technical products. Recognized by sponsors and collaborators for delivery on important programmatic elements.

Level V: Conceives, plans, and executes R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs across organizational boundaries. Captures and enables sufficient funding to support self and project teams. Established nationally as an expert in at least one S&E domain. Establishing new approaches at a national level and advancing state of the art concepts. Leader in the development and execution of directorate strategies. Sought out to lead laboratory teams that influence operations and strategies. Mentoring mid to senior staff across PNNL and collaborators. Displays a significant record of technical products influencing their discipline.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 7 years of experience, or MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience

Relevant experience is defined as:

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

  • Demonstrated experience with wireless communications, specifically 5G

  • Experience in security governance, compliance, risk management and/or security operations disciplines

  • Advanced level knowledge in computer science fundamentals, cyber security domains, hardware and software internals and knowledge of programming languages

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 9 years of experience, or MS/MA with 7 years of experience, or PhD with 5 years of experience

  • Experience and expertise in designing or implementing secure architectures, software, systems and networks

  • Experience and expertise in advanced wireless communication (5G) security – design, deployment and hardening

  • Experience in multiple cyber security domains such as security and risk management, identity and access management, security engineering, business continuity/resilience, compliance, cryptography, application/software security, security operations, etc.

  • Advanced level knowledge of the 3GPP community standards of 5G (Release 15 or newer), Low Earth Orbit satellite, and other wireless communication mediums and protocols

  • Research experience withone or more OSI layers related to wireless communication;radio wave propagation theory, network communication protocols/flows, and applications

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to 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: Safeguards and Security

Group: Cyber Security - NSD

Opening Date: 2021-06-01

Closing Date: 2021-07-01