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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Cyber Security Engineer, Early Career in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308314

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing & Analytics

Group: Cyber Security

Job Description

PNNL is seeking to hire a dynamic individual with strong credentials in computer science/mathematics, cyber security of industrial control systems, or network engineering. This position requires the incumbent to have both an understanding of fundamental engineering and control system principles and hands on ability to conduct testing.

The incumbent will develop customized solutions for cyber security problems related to control system security and resiliency. They will collaborate, build and implement defensive controls and next generation defensive technologies by applying, leveraging and influencing industry best practices. The Cyber Security Engineer will possess unique knowledge of the cyber security space, applying security principles and understand the application of risk mitigation strategies. Activities may consist of:

  • Implementing cryptographic solutions

  • Ensuring system security needs established and maintained for operations development

  • Applying reverse engineering analysis technologies (e.g. IDA pro, OllyDbg)

  • Security network design

  • Developing security requirements definition

  • Performing security risk assessment, systems analysis, systems design, security test and evaluation, certification and accreditation, systems hardening, and vulnerability testing and scanning.

The incumbent will have a unique opportunity to be part of growing team focused on challenges that range from basic research and development to technology insertion. The environment is highly challenging and complex. Constant and effective communication is critical as teams are often composed of geographically dispersed individuals.

The Cyber Security Engineer will support internal and sponsor funded cyber security research projects in developing solutions for a variety of cyber, network, and host security problems. These are complex problems that must be solved through effective design, decomposition, and implementation. Will also be responsible for the following duties:

  • May participate in professional activities, university interactions, special assignments, and external special interest groups.

  • Contribute to technical decisions. Develop and implement technical approach for assigned work.

  • Independently complete any recurring assignments. Participate in preliminary selections and adaptations of technical alternatives.

  • Knowledge of Industrial Control Systems / Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (ICS/SCADA) hardware (server level and embedded), software, processes, protocols, and industry implementations

  • Software engineering experience required.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plans and solid geometry and trigonometry/spherical geometry

  • Solid grasp of basic Cyber Security related topics.

  • Demonstrate strong communication skills and establish the right frequency of communication with project managers and project team members.

  • Strong analysis and technical writing skills.

Operating on the data-information-knowledge continuum, staff at PNNL employ diverse methods to confront significant problems of national interest—from distilling distributed data into knowledge that supports decision processes, to enabling resilient technologies that enhance computing at extreme scales, to equipping cyber defenders with tools that prevent damaging cyber-attacks.

Our research portfolio—spanning from basic to applied—includes data and computational engineering, high-performance computing, applied mathematics, semantic and human language technologies, machine learning, data and computing architectures, systems integration, and software and application development.

Computing researchers and practitioners work side by side to apply advanced theories, methods, algorithms, models, evaluation tools and testbeds, and computational-based solutions address complex scientific challenges affecting energy, biological sciences, the environment, and national security.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s with 0–1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

Degree should be in Computer Science or related field, Electrical Engineering, or Cyber Security.

  • Experience with C++ and embedded SW development process.

  • Knowledge of network security and networking protocols with IT and OT.

  • Demonstrated experience with adaptive controls, actuation, and sensing technologies.

  • Versed in control system design, simulation and analysis tools.

  • Knowledge of geo-spacial analysis/geo-processing.

  • Experience in power systems modeling, specifically PowerWorld.

  • Experience with adaptive controls, actuation, or sensing technologies.

  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.

  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

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.

Keywords: GHC , Grace Hopper Conference , TAPIA

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Computation and Information Sciences

Group: Cyber Security - NSD

Opening Date: 2019-10-21

Closing Date: 2020-01-13