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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Summer Research Internship in Machine Learning for Cyber-Physical Security in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310501

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Optimization & Control

Job Description

The candidate will work in the areas of multi-agent reinforcement learning (RL) and game theory with application to security for complex cyber-physical systems, such as the power grid, commercial buildings and transportation systems. They key focus of the research is to develop, train and validate multi-agent RL models for securing vulnerable nodes in cyber-physical networks against stealthy and dynamic adversarial attacks. To contribute to these research efforts, a successful candidate would have technical expertise in machine learning, optimization and control of dynamic systems, and foundational game theory. In addition, the candidate should be proficient in latest programing languages and software tools for machine learning and optimization. The candidate is expected to collaborate effectively within multi-disciplinary research teams at PNNL.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Computer Science/Operations Research/ Electrical Engineering or other related fields with methodological interests in the areas of RL, optimization and game theory.

  • Experience with development of RL algorithms for dynamical control systems

  • Experience with mathematical modeling for cybersecurity problems

  • Proficient in PyTorch or TensorFlow with some experience of deploying models in Open AI-Gym

  • Proficient in high-level programming languages, such as Python or Julia

  • Experience with optimization solvers for convex and non-convex problems

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.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Optimization & Control

Opening Date: 2020-02-13

Closing Date: 2020-03-14