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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Power Systems - Cybersecurity in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311617

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division

Group: Electricity Infrastructure

Job Description

If you want your legacy to have meaningful impact for the greater good and work in support of an organization that addresses some of today’s most challenging problems that face Our Nation, then you need to join us!

For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. With diverse science capabilities and decades of experience in power systems and cybersecurity, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is committed to help address the newest challenges to our Nation, grid and infrastructure cyber attacks. Help us advance this frontier, delivering “first of a kind” solutions to improve the performance of the power system and keep it safe!

The Electricity Infrastructure Group is currently seeking a Power Systems Research Engineer with a background in power systems and knowledge in cybersecurity for energy systems. The position will focus on making technical contributions to ongoing research projects in cybersecurity for energy systems, writing technical papers and reports, and generating new ideas and research avenues. The desired engineer will:

  • Provide technical leadership and subject matter expertise with a focus on cybersecurity as it relates to operation of electric grid including operations, markets, and planning.

  • Assist the development of new business by contributing to or leading proposals.

  • Work with colleagues and external collaborators to develop innovative solutions to emerging challenges facing the power industry.

  • Lead and manage small- to medium-sized projects or tasks.

  • Assist senior management in developing technical strategies.

  • Effectively communicate with senior engineers to ensure high-quality delivery of research projects on budget and on time.

  • Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, etc.

  • Mentor and direct junior staff in various projects.

Present and promote PNNL research agenda and products in professional communities, e.g., IEEE, CIGRE, industry workshops, etc

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

Level 2: Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories and developing technical approaches. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals.

Level 3: Making key contributions in setting technical direction. 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

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 2+ years of experience, or a Master's degree with 0+ years of experience, or a PhD with 0+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 5+ years of experience, or a Master's degree with 3+ years of experience, or a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with 3+ years of experience

  • Technical expertise in power systems and security of power systems

  • Experience with power industry in variable energy integration

  • Cyber security experience, with researching, building, or implementing OT relevant cybersecurity policies, controls. Network or host-based experience with scanning/ assessment tools, monitoring, pen testing, network protocols preferred.

  • Proficient in (a) power system generation, transmission and load simulation and/or modeling; (b) power system market simulation and/or modeling; and/or (c) generation, transmission and/or load control design and modeling.

  • Experience with multiple power systems packages such as PSLF, PSS/E, PSCAD, PowerWorld, DSA Tools, GAMS, MATPOWER, PROMOD, Plexos, etc.

  • Experience with network simulators such as ns-3, Mininet, Common Open Research Emulator (CORE), etc.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong publication record

  • Knowledge and experience in power system networks, dynamics, modeling and simulation; and

  • Strong programming ability, e.g., python, C++, JAVA, MATLAB, etc.

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 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.

Closing Statement

  • US Citizenship Requierment based on client needs.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Electricity Security

Opening Date: 2021-02-01

Closing Date: 2021-03-03